Automotive Technology Safety Rules & Shop Policies

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    Uniform/Dress Code Policy

    1. Shirt-Blue Automotive Technology.* SHIRT MUST BE TUCKED-IN
    2. Work pants-Dickies Style*
    3. A belt for the pants MUST BE WORN
    4. Shoes-Must be Safety approved (Steel Toe) and tied securely
    5. No hooded sweatshirts allowed in shop. Crewneck sweatshirt only.*
    6. Any student wearing a sweatshirt must have a shop specific shirt under their sweatshirt.
    7. No jewelry is to be worn. i.e. Wrist watches, Wrist bands, Rings, Necklaces (visible),   Nose, Lip, Facial Piercings. Only one (1) pair of plain stud earrings will be allowed per the Student   Handbook.
    8. Long hair must be tied back and securely tied-up at all times.
    9. No long finger nails (artificial or natural)

      *Items can be purchased through the Diman website.

    General Safety Rules

    1. Do not block or obstruct stairwells, exits or accesses to safety and emergency equipment such as fire extinguishers or fire alarms.
    2. Straighten or remove rugs and mats that do not lie flat on the floor.
    3. Obey all posted safety and danger signs.
    4. Do not block your view by carrying large or bulky items; use a dolly or hand truck or get assistance from a fellow student.
    5. Use handrails when ascending or descending stairs or ramps.
    6. Clean shoes of ice, water, mud, grease or other substances that could cause a slip or fall.
    7. Do not move faster than conditions allow on slippery surfaces or in congested areas.

    Electrical Safety

    1. Do not use power tools and extension or power cords that have the ground prong removed or broken off.
    2. Do not connect multiple electrical devices into a single outlet.
    3. Do not overload electrical circuits with multiple outlets.
    4. Turn off electrical appliances and equipment when not in use.
    5. Turn off and unplug office machines before adjusting, lubricating or cleaning them.

    Lifting Procedures

    1. Plan the move before lifting; remove obstructions from your chosen pathway.
    2. Test the weight of the load before lifting by pushing the load along its resting surface.
    3. If the load is too heavy or bulky, use lifting and carrying aids such as hand trucks, dollies, pallet jacks and carts or get assistance from a classmate.
    4. If assistance is required to perform a lift, coordinate and communicate your movements with those of your co-worker.
    5. Position your feet 6 to 12 inches apart with one foot slightly in front of the other.
    6. Face the load.
    7. Bend at the knees, not at the back.
    8. Keep your back straight.
    9. Get a firm grip on the object with your hands and fingers. Use handles when present.
    10. Never lift anything if your hands are greasy or wet.
    11. Wear protective gloves when lifting objects with sharp corners or jagged edges.
    12. Hold objects as close to your body as possible.
    13. Perform lifting movements smoothly and gradually; do not jerk the load.
    14. If you must change direction while lifting or carrying the load, pivot your feet and turn your entire body. Do not twist at the waist.
    15. Set down objects in the same manner as you picked them up, except in reverse.
    16. Do not lift an object from the floor to a level above your waist in one motion. Set the load down on a table or bench and then adjust your grip before lifting it higher.
    17. Slide materials to the end of the tailgate before attempting to lift them off of a pick-up truck. Do not lift over the walls or tailgate of the truck bed.
    18. When practical, push objects into position for lifting, do not pull.

    Shop Safety

    1. Follow these steps when handling hot automotive parts that have been removed from vehicles:
      1. Pick up the part using gloves, heat resistant pads or dry rags.
      2. Place hot parts such as loose pipes, mufflers and shocks in metal containers that are labeled "Hot Metal Parts Only".
    2. ALWAYS wear safety glasses when in the shop.
    3. Use a flexible exhaust hose to vent engine exhaust to the outside.
    4. Remove dust and shavings from drum lathes with a dust pan and broom or vacuum cleaner on a daily or job by job basis. Do not use your bare hands.
    5. DISPOSE of liquid chemical waste into containers labeled "Flammable Waste" from containers labeled "Flammable".
    6. Wear safety goggles when using compressed air to clean.
    7. When examining under the dash, use inspection mirrors. Do not twist your body or maintain an awkward posture when trying to look under the dash.
    8. Never remove a radiator cap while the engine or radiator is hot.
    9. Wear gloves, safety goggles and a rubber apron when working with batteries.
    10. Direct engine hand tools away from rotating fan blades when the engine is running.
    11. Before "running" the vehicle for an engine analysis, engage the parking brake and use wheel blocks to "chock" the wheels of the vehicle.

    Vehicle Safety

    2. Turn headlights on when driving inside the shop area.
    3. Do not drive over 5 miles per hour in the shop area.
    4. Shut all doors and fasten your seat belt before moving the vehicle.
    5. Maintain a 3-point contact using both hands and one foot or both feet and one hand when climbing into and out of vehicle.
    6. Drive up the slope or down the slope; not across the slope.
    7. Before leaving the vehicle, engage the parking brakes and chock the wheels.
    8. Do not approach any vehicle until the vehicle stops and the driver exits.
    9. Walk behind the vehicle and remove any equipment, tools or other pathway instructions before getting into the vehicle. Sound the horn to alert nearby coworkers before backing the vehicle.
    10. Stand clear of vehicles in motion.
    11. Do not mount or dismount a moving vehicle.

    Electrical Tool Safety

    1. Do not use power equipment or tools on which you have not been trained on.
    2. Do not carry plugged in equipment or tools with your finger on the switch.
    3. Do not carry equipment or tools by the cord.
    4. Disconnect the tool from the outlet by pulling on the plug, not the cord.
    5. Turn the tool off before plugging or unplugging it.
    6. Do not leave tools that are "On" unattended.
    7. Do not handle or operate electrical tools when your hands are wet or when you are standing on wet floors.
    8. Turn off electrical tools and disconnect the power source from the outlet before attempting repairs or service work. Tag the tool "Out of Service".
    9. Do not drive over, drag, step on or place objects on a cord.

    Hand Tool Safety

    1. Tag worn, damaged or defective tools "Out of Service" and do not use them.
    2. Do not use a tool if its handle has splinters, burrs, cracks or splits, or if the head of the tool is loose.
    3. Do not use impact tools such as hammers, chisels, punches or steel stakes that have mushroomed heads.
    4. When handing a tool to another person, direct sharp points and cutting edges away from yourself and the other person.
    5. Do not carry sharp or pointed hand tools such as screwdrivers, scribes, aviation snips, scrapers, chisels or files in your pocket unless the tool or pocket is sheathed.
    6. Do not perform "make-shift" repairs to tools.
    7. Wear safety glasses, goggles or face shields when operating grinders.


    1. Do not use grinding wheels that have chips, cracks or grooves.
    2. Do not use the grinding wheel if it wobbles. Tag it "Out of Service".
    3. Do not try to stop the wheel with your hand, even if you are wearing gloves.
    4. Do not use grinder if it is not firmly anchored to the work bench.
    5. Prior to installing a new grinding wheel, inspect the wheel for cracks or  other visible damage; tap the wheel gently with a plastic screwdriver handle to detect cracks that are not visible. If the wheel has a dead sound rather than a ringing sound, do not use the wheel.
    6. Do not install a grinding wheel whose labeled RPM speed is lower than the rated speed of the grinder.
    7. Do not grind on the side of an abrasive wheel labeled "Type 1".
    8. Do not clamp a portable grinder in a vise to use it as a bench grinder.

    Automotive Lifts

    1. Remove all tools, cords, hoses, trash and any other debris from the lift area and wipe up all grease and oil spills before driving a car or truck into the service bay.
    2. Remove lift adapters and retract lift arms fully out of the way of the car's tires before driving the vehicle into the service bay.
    3. Do not stand in front of a vehicle being driven into the service bay.
    4. Do not use any lift that has cracked contact pads, cracked lift arms or any other visible damage.
    5. Do not use wood or concrete blocks as a substitute for an extender.
    6. Use wheel blocks to chock the wheels of any vehicle on a runway lift while the vehicle is on the lift.
    7. Do not leave the controls unattended while the lift is in motion.
    8. Do not block or "tie open" the lift's control while the lift is in motion.
    9. Do not use the engine or transmission supports or stands as a substitute for jack stands.
    10. If the vehicle begins to slip off of the lift, run in the opposite direction of the fall, but not toward a wall or work bench that might trap you between the object and the vehicle.
    11. Before you lower the vehicle, remove tool trays, jack, engine and transmission stands, and any other obstructions from under the vehicle.
    12. Before removing the vehicle from the service bay, position lift arms and supports to the center of the lift away from the wheels of the vehicles.
    13. Do not "tie down" or override the controls of the lift.
    14. Do not raise vehicle with anyone inside it.
    15. When raising a vehicle, use the following procedure:
      1. Use the lift to raise the vehicle about one foot off the ground, then moderately push the rear or front bumper of the vehicle to ensure that the vehicle frame is stably mounted on the lift support's contact pads.
      2. If the frame of the vehicle is not firmly touching a support contact pad, or is slipping, immediately lower the vehicle and start over.
      3. Once the vehicle is secure on the lift, lift the vehicle to the desired work height and visually check those contact points for misalignment before going under the vehicle.
    16. As you raise the vehicle, you will hear a "clicking" noise which indicates that the lift's locking device is engaging. If you do not hear the "clicking" noise, stop the lift, fully lower the vehicle and use another lift. Place an "Out of Service" tag on the control switch of the damaged lift and do not use it.
    17. If you will be working under a lift that will be positioned at a point below where the lift's locking device engages, place four jack stands under the vehicle's frame or suspension for additional support before working under the vehicle.
    18. Wear safety goggles when working underneath vehicles.

    Any breach to these policies and procedures may result in disciplinary action!

    Rev. 6/19