On Wednesday, Sept. 19, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) partnered with Cintas to provide an informative session titled “Shop of the Future: Ensuring Safety in Every Corner.”
This brief contribution to ASA’s Webinar Wednesdays featured a presentation by Cintas National Account Manager Ian Adams.
The webinar began with ASA Vice President Tony Molla welcoming attendees and introducing the seminar’s presenter, who would “walk us through some very important information on safety hazards in the shop and ensure you’re following safety procedures. He will help make you more aware of where these hazards might be,” Molla explained.
Adams began by displaying a CAD drawing that demonstrated automotive shop hazard areas to provide insights on which areas in the shop might need attention. He also noted that “a clean shop is a safe shop” and stated his intention to help attendees “prevent common safety issues you might have in the shop.”
Adams explained that slips, trips and falls make up the majority of general industry accidents, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In fact, falls account for more than 8 million hospital emergency room visits, making it the leading cause of emergency room visits at 21.3 percent, and falls also account for around 25 percent of all repaired injury claims per fiscal year. Employees slipping on slick floors accounts for 85 percent of worker’s compensation claims, and 22 percent of slip or fall incidents resulted in more than 31 days away from work. Compensation and medical costs associated with employee slip and fall accidents reach an approximate $70 billion each year.
Common locations and reasons for slips, trips and falls include wet or greasy floors, dry floors with dust or powder, uneven walking surfaces, recently waxed floors, loose flooring, missing tiles and bricks, sloped walking surfaces, clutter, electrical cords, open desks, metal surfaces, wet leaves and more, but Adams assured attendees that there are easy solutions to avoiding these situations. Some of these solutions include displaying “wet floor” signs when needed and cleaning up spills immediately.
Shops should use moisture-absorbent mats with beveled edges in entrance areas, ensuring the backing material does not slide on the floor. Proper area rugs and mats should be used in areas with extra hazards, such as grease use or wet floors.