OSHA Required Training
Electrical OSHA Regulation: 1910.332
When OSHA Requires Electrical Training:When an employee faces the risk of electric shock that is not reduced to a safe level by engineering controls. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Training FrequencyNone specified.
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When OSHA Requires HazCom / GHS Training:Employees that may be exposed to hazardous substances as part of their job. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Training FrequencyWhen there is a change.
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When OSHA Requires Hearing Protection Training:Employees that are exposed to noise at or above an 8-hour time weighted average of 85 decibels. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
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Fire Extinguisher OSHA Regulation: 1910.157(g)
When OSHA Requires Fire Extinguisher Training:When fire extinguishers exist in the workplace, the employer should train employees on their usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
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When OSHA Requires Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training:When an employee is required to wear PPE, they must be trained on its usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Training FrequencyRetraining required when the type of PPE changes, employee demonstrates inability to use PPE properly, or when the workplace changes in a way that renders previous training obsolete.
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Industry Best-Practice Training (Not required by OSHA)
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Car Mechanic Safety Tips
ABS systems (Anti-lock Breaking System, or “Integral” breaks) should always be depressurized before working on any components the break line. For most models of cars, there is fast, easy way to ensure that this has been done. Simply depress the brake pedal 24 to 40 times when the engine is off, and you can be sure the system is depressurized and ready.
When working as a mechanic, the number of cars that pass through your shop bay doors every day makes it easy to forget that cars are big, dangerous objects, even when stationary. As with any profession, you might find yourself overlooking some of the most basic steps to protect yourself and your coworkers. That’s why it’s good to remind yourself of the most basic ways to stay safe, and make sure they are a part of your daily routine.
Stay Safe in the Shop
- Keep your shop clean and organized. Knowing where everything is located will cut down on unnecessary running around in the shop, help work better together and stay out of each other’s way.
- Only let the trained professionals in the shop. Don’t allow customers who are unfamiliar with the area or the machinery.
- Watch out for oil spills, and if you know an area is slick, take the time to put up a caution sign or cone to warn others.
- Wear gloves, especially when handling items that are hot like a radiator cap.
- Use earplugs, or other noise dampening devices when hammering, drilling, or pounding to avoid long-term damage to your hearing.
- Protective eye goggles will minimize injury if a hazardous material spills or splashes.
- Never smoke near a vehicle, especially near fuel related components like the carburetor or fuel lines.
- Have fire extinguishers nearby, and know where they are located.
- Make sure that raised cars are properly supported and level—never crawl under a vehicle that is only on a jack.
- Always use wheel blocks engine of stationary car.
- Make sure your co-workers are aware of your position, especially if you are working under a vehicle.
With Harsh Chemicals
- Use gloves when working with solvents, oil, glues, and other materials to avoid direct contact with the skin.
- Make sure all containers are properly labeled, for example gasoline that needs to be disposed of should always be kept in a container displaying “Flammable Waste”.
- Use a hose to force exhaust to the outside if bay doors are closed.
- Always wear a proper protective mask approved by OSHA when spray painting or handling other hazardous chemicals.
When Working With Tools
- Use inspection mirrors when looking under the hood. Twisting your body in an awkward way could lead to permanent back or neck injury.
- Tools with rubber grips will help to avoid the build-up of static electricity when using metal tools on an engine.
- Make sure that all vehicle lifts and compressors have a valid certificate of inspection, and have been tested recently.
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