Health & Safety
The term health and safety is one that can strike fear into the owners of many businesses and not just those in motor vehicle repair (MVR) workshops. The current legislation, which has been developed over many years, aims to reduce the risks of working in the motor industry, protecting employers, employees and customers alike.
In today's climate ignorance is not an excuse and breaches of the health and safety guidelines, where accidents and injuries occur, could result in criminal investigations, fines and even imprisonment. Each year thousands of incidents are reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Local Authorities. The main cause of injuries continues to be:
- Manual Handling – e.g. lifting or carrying heavy or awkward objects
- Slips and Trips – e.g. on uneven floors, or due to poor housekeeping or spillages
- Struck By – e.g. falling objects or moving vehicles
- Falls from Height – e.g. from ladders or into inspection pits
It is a chilling thought that there have been over 8,000 injuries and 24 deaths in the motor vehicle repair (MVR) industry over the last 5 years.
Where to find more information
The Government HSE website is the definitive guide to what you and your company should be adhering to; it also seeks to dispel the countless myths surrounding such legislation, giving you a clear focus to improve your workshop making it safer for all involved.
The website contains downloadable priced applications which cover health and safety in motor vehicle repair, health and safety in tyre and exhaust fitting, the spraying of flammable liquids, the storage of flammable liquids in containers, guidance on the handling, storage and transport of airbags and seatbelt pretensioners, workshop transport safety, and the control of diesel exhaust emissions in the workshop. Each application provides guidance on organising health and safety in garages, and explains which laws apply to motor vehicle repair workshops and how to comply with them.
The information section also contains numerous free leaflets on subjects including, electrical safety and harmful substances through to manual handling and plant equipment. These are supplemented by free posters to help reinforce best practice in the workshop.
So don't delay, get up to date and protect your business co-workers and customers by visiting the Government Health and Safety Executive website
For more information on how HSE's work with the law and for details of the HSE's Enforcement Policy Statement, which covers financial penalties and jail terms, visit the Government Health and Safety Executive website