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People working with vehicles are at greatest risk of sustaining injuries due to:

  • body stressing
  • slips trips and falls
  • being hit by moving vehicles or items of plant, such as forklift incidents.

These injuries account for around 50% of the sector's work injury claims (ReturnToWorkSA work injury claims between 2007 and 2015).

Managing the risks

Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBUs) have a key responsibility to ensure that nobody’s safety is put at risk by what your business does, what your workers do or the work that is done at your workplace.

We want to help you take the guesswork out of what's expected when it comes to health and safety standards. Our Automotive Workshops Work Health and Safety Guidelines is designed to do that by providing insights into the common hazards and risks within the automotive workshop industry.

Some of the hazards are obvious, such as vehicles falling from hoists or jacks and tyres exploding during inflation. Other risks that are less obvious include the long-term effects of exposure to asbestos fibres or fumes from solvents and paints.

The guide will help you understand your legal obligations and the importance of safety in your business. It provides simple and practical safety solutions and tips to help you uphold your responsibilities and make your workshop safe.

Free printed copies of the guidelines are available on request.

Using the guide

Start out by reading the Introduction section to find out about our Simple steps to safety and the hierarchy of risk control. Delve a little deeper into these steps by completing the quick safety scans at the end of this section to see how you currently rate on these basic aspects of setting up a safe workplace.

The following sections cover some of the most common risks faced by automotive workshops, such as hazardous manual tasks and traffic management. Practical safety solutions and tips for compliance are provided throughout.

Each section also has a set of quick safety scans to help you carry out a self-audit to measure how well you are currently doing and identify areas for improvement. Select those that are relevant to the nature, size and complexity of your workplace. Those items where you tick ‘Sometimes’ or ‘Never’ will need action to fix or improve.

The final Proformas section contains templates for forms and records you might need to document what you are doing to set up, maintain and improve your work health and safety practices. These are sample documents to get you started. Personalise and tailor them to suit your particular needs and operations.