Safety tips for carwashes - Professional Carwashing & Detailing

Safety tips for carwashes

Slips and trips are common in the car care industry.

In the upcoming December issue of Professional Carwashing & Detailing, contributor Michael Rose discusses how signage can serve double duty by both marketing and ensuring safety. Safety is of paramount importance at a carwash, and in addition to setting up informative signage to protect your customers and employees, make sure your employees understand other ways to prevent injuries at your carwash.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the International Carwash Association (ICA) came together in a collaborative effort to encourage safer workplaces. OSHA and ICA formed this alliance to provide members of the professional carwash industry, including small businesses and non-English or limited English-speaking employees, information, guidance and access to training resources. This information was created to help protect employee health and safety, particularly in addressing slips, trips and falls; hazard communication; and vehicle operation safety.

According to a safety tips sheet developed by the alliance, slips and trips are common in the car care industry.1 Carwash employees work around surfaces which can be coated with detergent, soap, wax and oil and are at risk of slip, trip and fall injuries. Often, these injuries occur at job sites, but they can also occur indoors, especially when “good housekeeping” is not a high priority. Slips, trips and falls may result in broken bones, sprains, concussions or other costly and painful injuries. These injuries, however, are preventable.

What causes slip, trip and fall injuries:

  • Running on the job
  • Not being on the constant lookout for hazards
  • Poor lighting conditions, icy spots in winter, spills and electrical cords or hoses left in walkways
  • Improper footwear.

How to prevent slip, trip and fall injuries:

  • Pay close attention to conditions, and remember that wet cement can be very slick.
  • Wear proper waterproof shoes or boots that have good traction.
  • Do not run.
  • Put tools, equipment and materials back where they belong.
  • Practice good housekeeping. If you spill something, clean it up. And, if you spot a potential slipping or tripping hazard, eliminate it if possible, or bring it to your crew leader’s attention.
  • Remove ice and snow before it accumulates.
  • Clean surfaces coated in detergent, soap or wax before buildup.
  • Clean up all oil spills in an approved manner.
  • Clean up trash and debris, and put it in the proper barrels.
  • Do not leave tools around where people can trip over them.



You May Also Like

New innovations on display

Operators find virtual solutions at 2023 The Car Wash Show™.

Last month, inside the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, the professional carwashing industry gathered once again to share ideas, insights, product information and a good time at The Car Wash Show™ 2023. 

The physical size of this trade show has expanded in recent years and so too has the market’s impact on communities across the U.S. In addition to contemporary designs with attractive landscaping as well as shiny new equipment and signage, modern carwashes are also using high tech solutions to draw a crowd and keep it. 

Keep your cool on the job

As temperatures surge, use innovative portable air coolers to make sure productivity doesn’t dip.

Listen up

Expert tips for how business leaders can readily address the root causes of stress and burnout and ultimately facilitate a culture of caring.

Fixing your future with the SBA 504 Refinance Program

Carwash operators can leverage this program to save big money.

5 steps to mastering off-site management

Establish and reinforce a structured approach to carwash operations.

Other Posts

7 points to consider when installing bollards at your carwash

Bollards provide safe spaces for vacuuming, detailing, and finishing work in areas where people and cars are moving.

9 carwash small business owner tips

How to succeed in the competitive professional carwashing industry.

Technology integration 

Technology prioritization and selection are critical in generating consistent service, scale and efficiencies to your business.

Practice Ladder Safety All Year Long

Ladder Safety Month may be over, but safe ladder usage is not.