General Safety Precautions

  • Correct Unsafe Conditions-- If you see tools, materials or other objects lying on floors, driveways, or islands, remove them to eliminate tripping hazards. Wipe up all spills (oil, detergent, wax, etc.).
  • Study Your Job From the Safety Angle--Think before starting every job. Search out hazards and take precautions to prevent accidents from happening. Be sure to use the protective equipment provided.
    If you are in doubt about hazards, the correct way to do the job, the proper tools, or the proper protective equipment to use, consult your immediate supervisor.
  • Report Hazards and Near Injuries--Report any unsafe conditions you observe in your work to your immediate supervisor. Near-injury incidents often reveal conditions that can be corrected before an accident occurs.

  • Lift Properly--When lifting, be sure of your footing and grip. Bend your legs to get close to the object, keeping your back straight, and then lift by straightening your legs. Hold the load close to your body. Avoid twisting or turning your body while lifting or carrying a load.
    If the object is too heavy for you, get someone to help you. use proper lifting equipment.

  • Be Watchful for the Safety of Others--Be especially watchful of new workers and customers. If you see them in locations where they are likely to be injured or if they are creating a hazardous situation, tell them courteously about the hazards and how to avoid them.

  • Tools and Equipment--Inspect tools and equipment before using them. Your life, or the avoidance of injury, may depend on the safe condition of the ladder or other equipment you are about to use.If you have any doubt about its safety--DO NOT USE IT.

  • Horseplay--No "horseplay," wrestling or other pranks are permitted on the car wash property.

  • Use of Ladders--Never stack up boxes or use drums to climb on to reach overhead work. Always use a ladder that is in good condition. If you must climb up above the bottom step or two, have someone hold the ladder steady. Never stand on the top step under any circumstances. Never step on pipes or duct work.

  • Loose Clothing--Rotating machinery has a unique ability to grab hold of anything that is loose and floppy. Once a piece of rope is wrapped around an axles so that it presses upon itself, it can pull with a strength exceeding that of the rope itself. Riggers and seamen use this principle to lift huge crates, raise anchors, and pull ocean liners up to dock. Don't get hung by your own sleeve.

  • Long Hair--Much like clothing, long hair can get caught in the machinery of the car wash. All hair must be confined under a hat or cap to prevent injury.

  • Shoes--The best types of shoes to wear consist of the safety type. These shoes usually have neoprene soles that are resistant to chemicals. They are also more slip-resistant on oily or soapy floors and usually incorporate steel caps for toe protection against falling objects. Do Not Wear Sneakers.

  • Body Protections--When working with electrical tools, always wear dry, insulated shoes that can't result in shock through the soles. Don't stand over water unless standing on a dry insulated platform of wood or cement blocks. Don't work without wearing a reasonably dry shirt with buttoned sleeves. Always wear safety goggles when eyes might be subject to injury. Work clothes should fit snugly. Anything that can catch in machinery is taboo, such as neckties, loose sleeves, patch pockets, etc.

  • Gasoline Containers--Gasoline should not be dispensed in any glass or plastic jugs brought in by customers. This is illegal and should be so posted. Dispense only in approved metal containers officially marked "Gasoline."

  • Dispensing Gasoline--Never smoke or permit smoking within 25 feet of a gasoline pump or tank being filled. Never top off tanks. Snuff out all lighted butts immediately.

  • Request that all customers turn off their ignition and not smoke while receiving gasoline. See that "No Smoking" signs are properly displayed. Gasoline should not be stored in any form inside buildings.

  • Smoking--Smoking or open flames are prohibited near any stored flammable products or near any area where explosive vapors might be present.

  • Gasoline or Kerosene Use--The use of gasoline, kerosene or other flammable solvents as cleaning agents for equipment or building surfaces is strictly forbidden.
    Gasoline should never be used to clean brushes. Nonflammable solvents (such as "Varsol") are recommended to eliminate the danger of explosion inherent in gasoline.

  • Waste Materials--All oil rages or other flammable waste materials should be kept in closed metal containers, not indoors, and preferably should be disposed of every day. Don't jam such materials tightly in drums and keep them over long periods of time or spontaneous combustion may occur.

  • Caution Labels--Install caution labels and signs whenever necessary.
    Manuals--See equipment manuals for any safety precautions which may apply to equipment being used or serviced.

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