Automotive Workshop Safety

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    Document Type: Publication
    Keycode: VWA256/02/04.05 - web only
    Category: Asbestos, Controlling OHS Hazards and Risks, 
    Publication Date: 01 September 2006
    Date First Published: 01 September 2006
    Summary: This publication provides a guide to assessing and controlling OHS risks in automotive repair workshops. It includes specifici information relating to manual handling, traffic management and hoist safety.

About this publication

Too many people are injured while working in automotive workshops or carrying out off-site service calls. Manual handling injuries are the most common type of injury occurring in automotive workshops. The injuries occur from handling heavy or awkward objects, heavy lifting, and prolonged or sustained work in awkward postures. This injury trend occurs across all types of vehicle repair, maintenance or installation work, and on all types of vehicles. Given the nature of the work there is always the risk of severe injury or fatality. Some risks are obvious, such as vehicles falling from hoists or jacks, being hit by a passing vehicle while carrying out roadside work, or tyres exploding during inflation. Other risks are less obvious such as the long-term effects of breathing asbestos fibres or fumes from solvents and automotive paints. While there may be risks associated with this type of work, these risks can be avoided.

This publication may contain references to the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1985 (1985 Act) or to a Code of Practice. On 1 July 2005, the 1985 Act was replaced by the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (2004 Act). Also, Codes of Practice will be reviewed and replaced with guidance material or, in appropriate cases, with Compliance Codes that provide greater certainty about what constitutes compliance.

WorkSafe Victoria will review and amend this publication, or replace it with new guidance material that will reflect the provisions in the 2004 Act. In the meantime, it is important you reference the 2004 Act to ensure that you meet any new or changed duties. Codes of Practice will continue to be a source of practical guidance for those who have OHS duties.

The 2004 Act also repeals the Occupational Health and Safety (Incident Notification) Regulations 1997. For details of your duties in the event of an incident, from 1 July 2005 you should refer to the 2004 Act.

Further information


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