Auto repair and body shops use chemicals and equipment that can cause serious health problems and disabling injuries. In autobody shops, workers are potentially exposed to a variety of chemical and physical hazards. Chemical hazards may include volatile organics from paints, fillers and solvents; diisocyanates, polyisocyanates, and hexavalent chromium from spray painting operations; silica from sandblasting operations; dusts from sanding; and metal fumes from welding and cutting. Physical hazards include repetitive stress and other ergonomic injuries, noise, lifts, cutting tools, and oil and grease on walking surfaces.

Automotive links general:

Asbestos in Automotive Brake and Clutch Repair Work, OSHA 

Auto Salvage Yard powerpoint,  Indiana Occupational Safety & Health Admin.

Hydrofluoric Acid in Commercial Cleaners for Vehicles, State of Oregon Hazard Alert

CCAR-GreenLink® Virtual Auto Service Shop

Aerosol Cleaner Use in Auto Repair, State of California Fact Sheet

Preventing Asbestos Exposure Among Brake and Clutch Repair Workers, EPA

Autobody Work links:

Autobody Repair and Refinishing, OSHA

Autobody Refinishing: Safe Work Practices That Reduce Worker Exposures to Hazardous Chemicals, EPA

A Self-Evaluation Checklist of Best Practices for Auto Refinish Shops and Schools, EPA Design for the Environment Auto Refinish Project

Factors that Motivate Owners of Auto Refinish Shops to Implement Changes, EPA Report

Health and Safety in Washington State's Collision Repair Industry: A Needs Assessment

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