This industry includes:

  • vehicle manufacturing
  • mechanics
  • engineering
  • parts suppliers.

Most common hazards and injuries

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.

Health and safety guide

Our Automotive Workshops Work Health and Safety Guidelines provides insights into the common hazards and risks within the automotive workshop industry.

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.

The guide covers common risks faced by automotive workshops, such as:

  • hazardous manual tasks
  • machinery and equipment
  • slips, trips and falls
  • traffic management
  • hazardous substances
  • wellbeing, psychological & physical health.

Practical safety solutions and tips for compliance are provided throughout.

Each section of the guide 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.

Managing risks of diesel exhaust

Safe Work Australia publishes Guidance for managing the risks of diesel exhaust.