Workers in auto body shops are potentially exposed to a variety of chemical and physical hazards. Chemical hazards may include volatile organics from paints, fillers and solvents; diisocyanates, polyisocyanates, and hexavalent chromium from spray painting operations; silica from sandblasting operations; dusts from sanding; and metal fumes from welding and cutting. Physical hazards include repetitive stress and other ergonomic injuries, noise, lifts, cutting tools, and oil and grease on walking surfaces.
Many workers are unaware of the potential hazards in their work environment, which makes them more vulnerable to injury. The information provided by OSHA aids in recognizing and controlling some of the hazards associated with autobody repair and refinishing.
For additional information on hazards associated with autobody repair and refinishing, see OSHA’s Safety and Health Topics Pages: