Joisted Masonry or better construction is preferred. Compliance with NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) standards for spray booths, flammable liquids, and welding.
Develop a process for handling customer keys. A log should be kept, and keys should be signed in and signed out on this log. Keys should never be left in a vehicle.
Premises should have bright lighting on the perimeter, fences, surveillance cameras, and vehicle anti-theft equipment.
Fuel and other flammable liquids should be stored away from all other operations, especially operations that create sparks. Should be stored in metal containers with tight lids.
Create a procedure for transporting flammable liquids within the building.
Used rags should not be left lying around exposed to sparks or flames.
Each piece of equipment should have a “deadman” switch so it can be stopped in case of an emergency.
Check the noise levels. If they are above 85 decibels, employees need to wear hearing protection.
Limit loaner cars to two.
Limit tow trucks to one.
Limit dealer tags to five or fewer. Less than five is preferable.
Body chassis fabrication only if part of normal body shop operations. Service Manager survey required for all auto body shops to verify compliance with NFPA.
Properly train employees on use of heavy machinery so that no one is seriously injury.
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