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About stephsomething

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    Talk of DIY shops search
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    I am trying to find input on DIY repair shops. I also may be looking into a Subaru purchase this year if I can swing it.
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    Opening DIY garage...need some feedback

    I think the idea is great, but then upon more thought, how would something like this ever get through OSHA? Mechanics work in super dangerous spaces. I have seen a lift not completely lock and nearly take a dude's head off. Additionally, The number of inexperienced or very little experience will be such a huge portion of your clientele, and so the longevity of pretty expensive machinery and tools could be cut in half or worse.I just feel like once the list of what is cleared by OSHA will end essentially being a garage with a few common tools, and I don't think people would want to pay for that and may get bummed by all of the things they cannot use. I found this after a search from OSHA and here's the list... Regulations cover everything from letting mechanics know their rights to making the proper equipment available to workers. The regulations are continually updated as well to keep up with changes in the industry. Failure to comply can result in a variety of penalties, from fines to permanent closure of an auto shop business. Right to KnowMandatory: This addresses the use of potentially hazardous chemicals, a very common occurrence in the automotive business. This standard simply requires that employees be notified in detail of the possible dangers of any of the chemicals they are using. OSHA insists that employees have a right to know how they might be affected by chemicals in the workplace. The right to know standard requires detailed labeling of all chemicals, inventory lists with information, training for employees in the safe use of chemicals and a written plan that outlines how the workplace plans to follow the right to know provision. Protective Equipment Mandatory to provide adequate safety equipment for the workers. Shops are required to have written plans and safety equipment to deal with the hazards that many employees are exposed to at work. For example, workers are supposed to use respirators when painting. Auto shops are required to provide safety equipment, ranging from goggles to noise reduction devices that are readily available and maintained in good condition. Some of the more common citations for body shops involve inadequate use or supply of respiratory safety equipment and insufficient numbers of fire extinguishers. Tools There are a variety of OSHA standards that govern the use of tools in auto shops. All tools must be maintained in good condition so that they may be safely used, and employees should be informed of the proper use of all tools and possible dangers. Some of the larger, more standardized tools, such as the car lift, must be inspected and serviced on a regular basis in order to be up to standard with OSHA. There are strict standards for the storage of tools. For example, all tools that can move must be removed from power, secured and locked out of the shop during cleaning in order to protect against movement. This applies to cars as well. Shop Space The layout of the shop itself also must be up to certain safety standards. The floor must be kept uncluttered and should provide easy access for walking. All spills should be cleaned up immediately, and tools and parts that are not being used should be put away. There are also broader regulations for the shop layout, such as standards for electrical wiring. One of the bigger hazards in auto shops is flammability, and OSHA is known for citing auto shops for not addressing this issue. Fire extinguishers and fire plans are expected, and auto shops are supposed to have a flameproof booth for doing things such as spray finishing and using flammable materials. Maybe weigh the pros and cons by talking ot someone at OSHA, just in case. Just trying to help out!