Carrying Out Safety & Maintenance for Your Vehicle Inspection Garage

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By Jeremy Sykes, freelance writer.

Working in a vehicle inspection garage can be a lot of hard work and it is demanding, but it is also incredibly rewarding. Not only are you helping people in their daily life, but you are also making sure that the roads are safer for all - this means that you are even saving lives with your work.

Vehicle safety inspections cover everything including tyres, brakes, lights, mirrors, seatbelts, suspension, and more. Essentially, you need to check that each car is roadworthy so that no motorist is driving around in an unsafe car. Additionally, inspections can vary between all 50 States, so it is important to understand what is required in the State where you operate. You must know how to look after your equipment to provide the best service, for safety purposes and to prolong the life of the equipment. Keep reading to find out more.

Safety Measures

First, you need to take safety measures to protect yourself and your employees as working with cars can be dangerous. Common hazards include spilled fluid, exposed fumes, heavy objects, and flammable materials. A risk assessment will help you to identify the main safety hazards and it is a legal requirement that you have this carried out. After a risk assessment, you will know the best ways to either remove or mitigate risks in your garage. You also need to supply your team with high-quality PPE so that they can protect themselves while working on cars. This will include goggles, hard hats, protective gloves, and sturdy footwear as a few examples.

Maintenance & Restocks

It is also vital that you know how to maintain all of the equipment that you use and have enough stock for the items that you use. It is important that all staff are trained on how they can use equipment properly and it is also important to keep equipment stored properly when not in use. If there are any issues, they should be reported immediately so that action can be taken.

You also want to make sure that you have sufficient stock for all equipment and parts that you need. This will include things like car parts, books, keys, etc so that you can get cars roadworthy and avoid any delays that could frustrate your customers. You also want to ensure that you have thermocouples that will allow you to measure and record important data, such as car battery information, brake discs, spark plugs, and exhaust gas readings.

Working in a vehicle inspection garage can be challenging, but it is also incredibly important to work and you can take pride in the fact that you are making the roads safer. It is vital that you know how to create a safe workplace and properly maintain your equipment, though, and the information in this post should prove to be useful.

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