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A Guide to OSHA Compliance for the Auto Repair Industry

As a professional in the auto repair industry, ensuring the safety and well-being of your employees and customers is critical.

Compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards is not only a legal requirement but also a critical step in fostering a safe and productive work environment.

Today, I wanted to break down a quick guide to helping your business achieve and maintain OSHA compliance.

Let’s jump in!

1. Hazard Communication
Make employees aware of the hazards by labeling chemicals, maintaining Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and providing training.

2. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Ensure employees have personal protective equipment (safety goggles, gloves, hearing protection, etc.) and replace as needed based on its condition.

3. Fire Safety
Keep fire extinguishers readily available and train employees on proper use. Establish and periodically review emergency evacuation plans with all employees. 

4. Electrical Safety
Ensure employees follow any lockout/tagout procedures when working on electrical systems. Inspect electrical equipment regularly and repair as needed.

5. Hoist & Lift Safety
Inspect and maintain hoists and lifts to ensure they’re functioning properly and train employees on how to use them properly.

6. Tool & Equipment Safety
Ensure all tools & equipment are in good working order and train employees on proper use and handling to prevent accidents.

7. Slip & Fall Protection
Keep areas clean and free of clutter, spills, or other hazards that could cause slips, trips and falls.

8. Vehicle Safety
Establish and enforce safety protocols for employees who operate or work around vehicles.

9. Machine Guarding
Protect employees from hazards associated with moving parts and machinery by implementing proper machine guarding measures.

10. OSHA Recordkeeping + Reporting
Maintain accurate records of workplace injuries and illnesses, as required by OSHA. Be prepared to submit OSHA 300 logs and other required reports in a timely manner.

By adhering to these guidelines and prioritizing workplace safety, you can reduce the risk of accidents, create a safer work environment, and protect against hefty OSHA fines.

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