[TITLE: Auto Body Repair Shop Inspections] [sound of drilling in an Auto Body Repair shop] [Neil Martin – Occupational Health and Safety Inspector]: During the next six months, occupational health and safety inspectors will be attending auto body repair shops in the province of Ontario. We’ll be focusing on workplace hazards: such as designated substances, flammable liquids, hazardous chemicals, lifting devices, and personal protective equipment. When our inspectors visit your workplace, these are some of the hazards they’ll be looking for. [TITLE: Designated Substances] [Neil Martin is shown the interior of an auto body repair shop by one of the employees] [Neil Martin, to employee]: Maybe we can take a look inside? Ontario has regulations governing the exposure of workers to various potentially-harmful substances. Isocyanates are one of them. In auto body repair shops, paint and primer products containing isocyanates are used in the repair and finishing process. Repeated exposure to isocyanates can cause skin rashes, hypersensitivity and breathing problems. So it’s important for workers to be trained in the safe-handling, storage, and use of all isocyanate-containing products. Health and Safety Inspectors will check that spray-painting is carried out in a well-ventilated area. And where flammable liquids are used, this area should have no sources of ignition – and needs to be isolated from other operations. People who work with isocyanate-containing products must be equipped with personal protective equipment, including full respiratory protection. For more detailed information on protecting your workers from isocyanate exposure, and exposure to other designated substances, please visit our website. [URL: www.healthandsafetyontario.ca/WSPS or www.labour.gov.on.ca] [TITLE: Other Hazardous Chemicals] Some of the hazardous chemicals used and stored in auto body shops include solvents, thinners, flammable liquids and paints. Health and Safety Inspectors will check to see that workers have been trained in Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems. Workers should also be trained in measures and procedures in place for their protection, including the proper use of personal protective equipment when handling chemicals. Eye-Wash Fountains – and training on how to use them – must be provided. [TITLE: Flammable Liquid Storage] Depending on your operation, there are many ways to safely store and dispense flammable liquids. Please take advantage of the Auto Body Repair Compliance Information Centre, or “C.I.C.” for short. This is a one-stop online service designed to help you understand and meet your regulatory responsibilities with regard to flammable liquid storage and more. You can find it on our website. [URL: www.healthandsafetyontario.ca/WSPS or www.labour.gov.on.ca] [TITLE: Lifting Devices] Lifting devices – both portable and fixed – must undergo maintenance, routine testing and inspection. As well, workers need to be provided with training in the safe use of this equipment. During their visits, our Health and Safety Inspectors will be checking that safety training and regular maintenance are taking place. [TITLE: Worker Training and Apprenticeship] General safety training for all workers must be provided on an ongoing basis. [Neil Martin, to employee]: Um, you’ve got a full-face respirator? [Employee]: Yes. [Neil Martin] Everyone’s trained on that? [Employee]: Yes. When our inspectors come to visit, they’ll be checking qualifications to see that people are properly trained for their jobs. Information on hazards associated with the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System must be provided to all workers, including ready-access to material safety data sheets. By providing instruction, training and supervision, most workplace injuries can be avoided. The ultimate responsiblity for health and safety in the workplace rests with you. We must all work together to maintain a culture of health and safety in the workplace. That way, at the end of the day, we can all go home safe and sound. [TITLE: Please visit the following websites for more information: www.healthandsafetyontario.ca/WSPS/ or www.labour.gov.on.ca or www.ossa.com]