As the owner of a garage and auto body shop, you understand that there are health and even life-threatening risks in your shop. Without the proper training, equipment and tools for the job, your workers may be filing for workers compensation sooner than later. Luckily, having a garage insurance program in place will make sure your workers are protected, but it is still best to avoid a claim.
During the past few weeks, we have discussed the risks that toxic solvents bring to your shop. This week, we have decided to look into another health concern: the exposure to dust from sanding operations. Exposing your employees to hazardous air pollutants (HAPS) will have a negative effect on their health in the long run. To minimize this risk, you can:
• Purchase and use a vacuum sander to collect the dust during sanding operations;
• Avoid bringing home your “work clothes” to keep these HAPs in the shop.
• Have your clothing cleaned by a professional.
• Wear safety goggles and a mask when sanding. Employees may think that masks are too hot or a nuisance to wear, but it is NOT an option! Masks are mandatory, according to OSHA regulations.
• Avoid bringing food and drinks into the shop where sanding procedures are typically done.
As you can see, there are always ways to minimize risks in the shop. To avoid exposing your employees to this, it is essential to follow the tips listed above to minimize the dust from sanding operation in your shop.
For more information on how to lower the risks on your shop, contact our agency. Our professionals would be happy to assess your risks and offer possible solutions. We would also be more than happy to provide you with a free garage insurance quote!