Posts Tagged ‘dealership safety’

How to Turn a Compressed Gas Cylinder into a Torpedo

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

If your dealership doesn’t follow safety procedures around storing, maintaining, moving and using compressed gas cylinders,  the consequences are explosive. Ignore the safety tips in this two minute video and you can set your dealership up to be the scene of an explosive accident. Carelessness is a fast and easy way to turn your compressed gas tanks, including air compressors, acetylene torches, oxygen, nitrogen, propane tanks, and fire extinguishers into fast-moving projectiles with potentially fatal results.

Why Car Battery Safety Matters

Monday, October 15th, 2012

All car batteries contain sulfuric acid and produce hydrogen and oxygen gases. If the hydrogen gas comes into contact with an ignition source, the battery can explode, sending pieces of the battery and acid flying. There are several safety precautions technicians should routinely follow when handling car batteries. This three minute video covers the basics, including

  • How to store car batteries at your dealership
  • What to do with battery acid if it spills
  • How to transport car batteries
  • Personal protective equipment to use when transporting car batteries
  • Safety equipment for charging car batteries
  • How to clean up battery acid without creating hazardous waste
  • Hybrid safety gloves

How do technicians keep safety the first priority at your dealership when handling batteries?

How to Prevent Most Injuries at Your Dealership

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Radiation burns from Acetylene torches, lacerations from the parts grinder,  a blast of compressed air on the eye -these are just a few reasons why the right PPE and simple safety procedures are so important at dealerships. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that 3.3 million Americans suffer from serious occupational injuries every year, but at least 60 percent of these injuries can be avoided by adopting a “safety culture” that emphasizes planning and doing in the safest way possible.

Make sure that your program is based on simple, sound, and proven ideas that are in compliance with existing laws and regulations.  Ultimately, it’s good for the entire company, and results in decreased incidence of workplace injuries and illnesses, reduced costs (including significant reductions in workers’ compensation premiums) and enhances overall business operations.

Monthly Facility Inspection List

Friday, July 29th, 2011

As the last business day in July, today is a great day to take care of your monthly facility inspections.

There are a few items in your dealership that need to be inspected and updated every month. There should be tags on these items for signatures and dates. These are safety inspection items, and federal law requires that they are monitored and maintained by the dealership on a monthly schedule. Here’s the short list:

Monthly Facility Inspection Checklist
Emergency lighting (short test)- make sure all exit signs (aka luminaries) are present and clean. Activate the system long enough to test each exit sign. Document defects and corrective actions. Check each exit sign for functional back-up system. If necessary, replace back-up power sources (battery packs).
Above Ground Storage Tank- Make sure monthly inspections are conducted as required by SPCC regulations.
First Aid Kits- Check the contents and make sure supplies are accounted for, and at the correct level. Make sure first aid kits are properly mounted and accessible. Sign and date inspection card.
Elevators with a phone or fire department call button- The requirement does not specify who is to perform the operation- maintainence company, elevator inspector, equipment owner or lessee- only that it is performed and that a written record of findings is kept on premises. Periodically, circuts and relays should be checked.
Eyewash stations- Check signage, make sure area is clear and the station is accessible at all times. It should be clean and ready for an emergency. Check portable stations for fluid expiration dates. Sign and date the inspection card.
Fire extinguishers- needle should be in the green, inspect for signs of damage or use. Make sure extinguisher signs are present and extinguisher is properly mounted.
Lifts- perform leak test: check for functionality, oil level and leaks in rolling bridge, wheel free, valves and hoses. Check moving parts for excess play, wear lubrication, and grease. Test switches and terminals to make sure the electrical components are in good shape. Check for overall condition including rust, damage wear, and alignment. Make sure decking and covers are secure, check anchor bolts, and all safety features for functionality.

Depending on your size, kinds of services that you offer, and your location, there may be other monthly inspection items that are part of your dealership’s safety responsibilities. You should talk to your KPA safety engineer to find out about other monthly inspection requirements specific to your state or local area.

It is also a good idea to keep an eye on other time-sensitive inspection items that need annual or periodic inspection and documentation (fire alarm systems, oil/water separators, new product tanks, lift inspections, permit renewals, waste storage areas…); they may need attention soon.


What Goes In Your Dealership’s First Aid Kit

Friday, April 15th, 2011

At a moment’s notice, your first aid kit needs to be ready for safe, effective responses to emergency situations. OSHA requires that first aid supplies are available for all employees. The short list of OSHA’s required contents is here:

A few things to keep in mind:

  • It can be a liability to have too many items in your first aid kit, since you’re dispensing medicine that someone could be allergic to. It is better to have several basic first aid kits located around the facility than one large kit.
  • The kit needs to be clearly marked.
  • Make sure all employees understand that the kit is for emergencies only- not for daily use.
  • Make sure enough staff members are trained in first aid to cover an emergency situation on any shift (keep copies of certificates on file) or professional emergency responders can reach your facility within 3-4 minutes.
  • If you decide to train emergency responders at your facility and make them responsible for care, you’ll need a Bloodborne pathogen program.
  • Make sure the first aid kit is restocked after each use.


Watch this video and take a quick tour of your First Aid Kit.