Maintaining Good Safety Procedures at Car Dealerships

Those who own or operate a car dealership realize the safety risks involved, and understand that employees should be made aware of any dangers and take appropriate measures to avoid the risk of injury while on the job.

Following are some helpful tips:

First Aid Preparedness

Good first aid treatment can reduce the severity of work-related injuries. All workplaces, including new car dealerships, must meet the first aid requirements in Part 3 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. Most dealers will be required to maintain either a level 1 or 2 first aid kit and attendant. The employer is responsible for:

Informing workers on how and when to report an injury.

Informing workers where the first aid attendant and/or first aid room and first aid kit(s) are located.

Investigating accidents and reporting them to the proper authority.

Injury on the job

By law, employees are required to report any work related injury to their supervisor and first aid attendant, when applicable, as soon as possible. The employer must also report any workplace injury to the proper authority. Not reporting an injury is against the law. Any employee who is injured has the right to report any workplace injury and seek whatever treatment is necessary. If transport to a hospital is required, the employer is required to arrange for it.

Eye Injuries Occurring at Work

Most eye injuries can be prevented with the use of protective equipment. Examples of Hazards include: dust, ultraviolet, infrared and visible radiation, chemical splashes,
flying particles and debris, and molten materials.The employer is responsible for:

1.Determining what type of eye protection, such as safety glasses with or without side shields or goggles with or without ventilation, may be required for any task that involves exposure to materials likely to cause injury to or irritate the eyes.

2.Taking adequate precautions if hazardous substances or conditions may adversely affect a worker wearing contact lenses.

3.Providing employee with appropriate eye protection, and replacing it if it becomes pitted, scratched, bent or cracked.

4.Providing an appropriate eyewash and ensuring that workers are trained in its use.

5.Developing and posting safe work procedures for tasks where there is a risk of eye injury.

Car Dealerships are required to provide employees with workers compensation insurance in the event they are injured while on the job. Finding the right coverage at a competitive rate today is critical, especially since Workers Comp rates are rising. Helping to keep these rates in line is a comprehensive safety program to help prevent injuries.