Posts Tagged ‘housekeeping’

Housekeeping in the Parts Department (Housekeeping Part 5)

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

You might think that the parts department would be the easiest area of the dealership to keep clean and organized, but letting just a few things go can create big problems.  Parts employees are dealing with everything from cardboard boxes, to corrosive batteries, and other hazardous materials.  It is important to keep this area orderly to avoid accidents if items are left on the floor or haphazardly put on shelves.


Housekeeping in the Detail Department (Housekeeping Part 4)

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

It is the employer’s responsibility to provide a clean and safe work environment. Even if you hire subcontractors for the detail department, their safety and working conditions are ultimately part of your dealership’s responsibility. Do you recognize any of these problems? Do you follow these best practices for mitigating the problems? (more…)

Housekeeping in the Service Department (Housekeeping Part 3)

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Has anyone at your dealership been hurt as a result of poor housekeeping? Housekeeping issues are ever-present in a busy service department, and they have to be addressed as part of daily business processes, otherwise they can get out of control very quickly. Do you recognize any of these problems? Do you follow these best practices for mitigating the problems?


Housekeeping: What It Means, and Why It Matters (Housekeeping Part 1)

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Housekeeping is the management, care and servicing of a facility’s property and equipment. It is more than keeping the shop floor clean. It has an effect on:

  • Good habits of employees
  • Safety and productivity
  • Morale- Employees taking pride in their work and work spaces
  • Customer relations
  • Compliance with OSHA, EPA & DOT Regulations

Why does good housekeeping matter?

  • A clean environment reduces injuries, saving money that would otherwise spent on workplace compensation claims
  • Clutter slows down work; it takes more time to find tools if they are not in the right place, and untended messes get in the way of work areas.
  • What is your customer’s first impression? Of course the showroom is spotless, but what about other public areas of your dealership, and what if customers have a view of the service bay?
  • OSHA regulatory standard 29 CFR 1910.22 states that “all places of employment, passageways, storerooms, and service rooms shall be kept clean and orderly and in a sanitary condition (the catch-all read more).”

You may also like these resources:

2012-10-11 10.03 Yuck! Housekeeping Regulations for Dealers that You Just Have to Know [Webinar]

Spring Cleaning for Three Trouble Areas in the Service Bay

OSHA Fines Auto Parts and Used Car Dealer $49,000 for Safety and Health Violations: Conclusion

April Tip of the Month: Spring Cleaning for Three Trouble Areas in the Service Bay

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Compliance Tip of the MonthKeeping a facility clean and organized ensures better compliance with environment and safety regulations. It is also connected to improved productivity and employee morale. Take a moment to see if these three common trouble spots are being addressed at your facility. They can actually indicate the overall performance of your safety program, and are usually targeted during regulatory inspections.

1.    Food and Beverage in the Service Bay    

The service bay is filled with oils, sprays, lubricants, and other hazardous chemicals. For this reason, the service bay (and body shop, detail area, etc.) is classified as a hazardous chemicals area, where it is illegal to prepare or consume food.

All food (including bagels and snacks) should be restricted to the break room. Food storage and preparation equipment also needs to be restricted to the break room.

The law permits some beverages in hazardous work areas, but with restrictions. All drink containers must be covered, and containers should clearly indicate contents.

2.     Eyewash Stations

All stations need to have documentation of monthly inspections and maintenance, as prescribed by the manufacturer’s specifications. Stations needs to be kept clean, in proper operating condition, and accompanied by a correctly mounted sign. All stations must be easily accessible for emergency situations.

3.    Clear the Clutter

Get rid of small groups of empty compressed gas cylinders, used batteries, full roll-arounds, and similar items that tend to collect in the corners of work stations and in quieter places in the service bay. All of these can bring fines if they are not properly stored or disposed of.

These areas won’t clean themselves. Enlist the help of employees or supervisors who work in the service area to monitor and address housekeeping issues for that area. Because they are the most familiar with the area and its problems, these individuals often are the best resource for suggesting the tools or equipment to eliminate or resolve housekeeping issues.