It’s time to get serious. As the owner and operator of an auto repair shop in Massachusetts, much of the decisions concerning safety primarily involve you and your influence. Safety is an extremely important component to any auto shop and yours is no different. If you want to get the most out of your auto repair shop and keep things on an even keel, we recommend following some of the standard safety procedures listed below. Ideally, these should be posted somewhere visible within your shop.
• Flammable and hazardous liquids are stores in containers that are approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation or by the State Fire Marshall.
• Lids are tight-fitting and sealed.
• Containers and tanks are labeled with the name of the material they hold and the type of hazard they present.
• Flammables are stored in an area approved by the local fire department. Examples include air tight cabinets or flammable storage room.
• Waste storage area is labeled and limits of area are marked.
• Flammable liquids are grounded and bonded during transfer and grounded during storage.
• There are no leaks or excessive spillage in chemical or waste storage areas, including around solvent sinks, pumps, pipes, hoses, couplings, fittings and valves.
• Drums of materials and wastes stored outside of the building have secondary containment.
Handling and disposing hazardous materials is part of successfully managing an auto shop up to the correct safety standards. Wolpert Insurance & Risk Management understands that things can happen that may cause damage to your building or employees, which is why we offer garage insurance for protection. We hope that you follow the tips above to make sure that you’re correctly handling materials in a safe manner.