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Monday, 16 May 2011 23:09

Getting OSHA-Compliant on Signage, Electrical and Power Tools

Written by Toby Chess

The other day I was teaching I-CAR’s workers protection program and I had the techs show me their blowers. I found 3 illegal ones. I asked the question “How much is the OSHA fine for these blowers?” and the production manager stated it was $7000. This was in Arizona, not California, and I inquired if the shop had been fined and his reply was “I read your article and I am in the process of getting OSHA approved blowers.” It made me feel that all this work is worthwhile. Let’s get started on the second installment of the article.

•Check all extension cords for damage (repaired with electrical tape and broken grounds are a big no no).
•All high voltage boxes labeled with a DANGER Sign
•All outlet covers installed
•Are all energized parts of electrical circuits and equipment guarded against accidental contact by approved cabinets or enclosures?
•Make sure there is a 3 foot barrier marked around all electrical boxes
•Make sure that all in ground pulling pots are flush with surface when not in use.  Most of the time the covers are bent and they are out on the floor, which creates a tripping hazard.

•Do you have a spill containment container (absorbent material in a small garbage can works, but it must be marked and placed in accessible area)

Safety & Signage

•Do you have an OSHA approved first aid kit?

You will also need the proper signage.

Speaking of signage, see the photos for some of the more common ones that are needed in your body shop.

Flammable and Combustible Materials

•Is proper storage practiced to minimize the risk of fire including spontaneous combustion?
•Are all hazardous drums with flammable materials grounded?
•Are all flammable liquids kept in closed containers when not in use?
•Are stored oxygen tanks separated by 25 feet from flammable stored gas cylinders?
•Does the facility have enough fire extinguishers as per city ordinances?
•Are all fire extinguishers charged and are properly tagged (you also have someone in the shop check and sign the tags once a month)?
•Do you have a class D fire extinguisher for a magnesium fire?

Here is a chart of the symbols on the fire extinguisher and what materials it can be used.

•Are all fire extinguishers free from obstruction?
•Is a fire extinguisher mounted within 10 feet of any inside storage area of flammable materials?

Power Tools

•Are portable fans provided with full guards or screens having openings of ½ inch or less?
•Are all power tools have grounded cords?

•Are batteries stored on a spill containment tray?

The next article will deal with MSDS sheets and safety programs that are necessary for OSHA compliance.


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