Follow the rules below to aviod becoming an Autoshop Zombie!

    1. When grinding, drilling or where common sense indicates the need, WEAR SAFETY GLASSES. That includes when working underneath a car.
    2. Know the location of the FIRST AID KIT including the eyewash.
    3. All electrical devices, drills, etc. should have three wire conductors in the proper state of repair. Otherwise a short circuit might ground through 10.
    4. Air hoses should never be used for cleaning dust from your clothes or directed at another person,
    5. Chisels and punches should have the ends ground or filed when they become mushroomed. Always hold a chisel or punch with a proper holder, so that if you miss the chisel you don't bang your finger.
    6. When using a torch, be careful of fuel tank and fuel line locations.
    7. When drilling on the drill press, use a drill press vise or a "C" clamp to hold the work.
    8. Neck ties, long sleeves and long hair can become entangled in machinery.  Remove the tie, roll up the sleeves and tie the hair back when working.
    9. Engines, transmissions, heads, etc. are HEAVY. Lift them with the legs, not the back. Use a chain hoist where possible.   Never work on an engine while it is hanging from a chain --- set it down first
    10. Whenever you start a car, be sure you are sitting in the driver's seat with one foot on the brake (and the other on the clutch pedal if a standard transmission). Be sure the gearshift is in Park or Neutral position (don't just wiggle it and see if it "feels" loose). Never start a vehicle by reaching in through the window and turning the key.
    11. Be careful of fingers and clothes when working around running engines. Fan belts, fans, and alternator pulley blades can easily mangle or hurt fingers and clothes. Also be careful of laying timing lights and dwell meter wires near these parts of a car, as the wires can easily get caught and tangled in the blades or pulleys.
    12. When moving vehicles in the shop area (whether pushing them or driving them), remember to keep the drivers window rolled down (so you can hear any instructions clearly). And do not exceed 4 MPH in speed.
    13. Be sure you have an instructor's permission for any job you do in the shop area. Working in the shop area with no instructor present or working on an unauthorized job may be cause for being dropped from class.

    1. Because of the danger of severe bums, jewelry, watches and rings WILL NOT be worn in the Auto Mechanics laboratory area.
    2. To eliminate arcing of batteries, the ground battery cable must be REMOVED FIRST AND INSTALLED LAST.
    3. Disconnect Ground battery terminal whenever disconnecting or repairing automotive electrical components. Do the same whenever disconnecting fuel lines or components of fuel system.
    4.The gases given off during charging a battery are EXPLOSIVE. Be careful of sparks.
    5. Remove vent caps while charging a battery to eliminate possibility of explosion.
    6. Battery electrolyte should be washed off with water if spilled on hands, clothing or automotive paint on a car's fender.
    7. Batteries charger, should be unplugged from wall power before disconnecting charger cables.
    8. Ignition switches must be OFF before removing distributors.
    9. When using a remote starter switch, turn on ignition switch and place the transmission in park (automatic) or neutral (manual Shift).
    1O. When jump-starting vehicles, make one ground connection away from the battery and remove battery caps from vehicle to be started.

    1. Spilled fuel (gasoline) is a fire hazard and must be swept up immediately.
    2. Clothing which has gasoline or solvent spilled on it should be changed. It is a fire hazard.
    3. "Empty" fuel tanks contain vapors that are explosive; therefore, tanks will not be repaired or subjected to flame.
    5. An extinguisher should be at hand when starting a car after completing ignition or fuel system repairs.
    6. Do not connect electrical test instruments to fuel system components as grounds.
    7. For garage work, shoes with composition soles such as neoprene are safest Steel-toed shoes are preferred. Sandals are not acceptable.
    8. Carburetor cleaner is a powerful chemical and should be rinsed from the skin immediately after contact by using water or solvent.

    1. A car supported only on a jack is unsafe and MUST be supported on stands before working underneath.
    2. Cars are always heavy. When raising a car with a hoist check that it is stable before lifting fully.
    3. If a car cannot be raised safety, do not raise it at all.
    4. Be careful of steering parts and oil pans when positioning lifts.
    5. Lifting arms should be extended fully for vehicle stability.
    6. Some vehicles have a plate on the bottom of the axle housing that will interfere with the rear ram. Some front-wheel- drive cars have a rear support, which is not centered with the wheels. Always check front and rear before lifting.
    7. Both rams must be fully retracted before moving the car off the hoist.
    8. Cars should be lowered before leaving for the day.
    9. Never stand in front of a car when guiding it onto the hoist.
    10. Before raising cars on floor jacks or hydraulic hoists, always put shift lever in neutral and release parking brake.
    Many of the more common safety hazards have been mentioned. It would be nearly impossible to include every cause of accidents. Safety is primarily promoted by common sense and asking someone if you are in doubt about a situation.
Last Modified on August 21, 2011