Creating a safe working environment in a car garage

September 23, 2021 By Mike
Last updated on September 23, 2021

Unfortunately for car mechanics, they are often at an increased risk of injury at work. Largely down to the fact that mechanics are working with heavy machinery and equipment, this gives rise to a number of accidents at work.

As well as being unfortunate for the person who ends up being hurt, accidents at work costs businesses £16.2 billion per year. And what’s more, as an employer, you’ll be held responsible for any accidents that happen on your premises.

Luckily (for businesses and employees!), by following the relevant health and safety regulations you can prevent most of these accidents.

Potential hazards: how to minimise injuries in a car garage

  1. Take care of slips, trips and falls

Oil spills in workshops can be common in workshops given the nature of the job. If you’re working with oily machinery, then it’s important to ensure any fluid on the floor is cleaned up.  Oil for instance, needs a specialist oil spillage kit to successfully remove oil from the floor.

  • Reduce the risk of burns

Although some accidents are inevitable, it’s crucial that fire marshals are trained up on the premises and all staff are taught how to use the fire extinguishers.

To reduce the risk of fires, it’s also best to adopt a strict no smoking policy to ensure naked flames are kept to a minimum, as these are often the reason for accidental fires.

  • Provide eye protection

Whilst working on the cars, bits can fly off and enter the eye. This can be severe and, at best, very uncomfortable.

One way to avoid this hazard is to provide appropriate eyewear for employees that they can wear to protect themselves. Where possible, it’s best to make sure these goggles are made from scratch and impact-resistant polycarbonate.

  • Limit exposure to toxic fumes

If the garage isn’t ventilated properly, then car fumes such as carbon monoxide can quickly begin to cause adverse health effects for your staff.

To prevent injury, make sure that the garage is always well ventilated. In addition to that, it’s also important to give your staff ventilators and appropriate clothing to stop irritation from the fumes.  

  • Reduce crush injuries

Given the nature of the machinery that mechanics work with daily, there is a large potential for crush injuries. One way to reduce the chances of crush injuries is to ensure that all jacks and other machinery is regularly maintained.

This will significantly reduce the chance of equipment failing which may result in injury.  

In conclusion

Garages can be dangerous places of work thanks to the heavy machinery, toxic fumes and slippery oils. However, the good news is that by making a few small changes, you can minimise the risk of accidents.

From ensuring you have the right spill kits on hand to clear up oil spillages, to maintaining machinery and providing protective clothing and equipment, you can keep both your employees and premises safe.