Occupational Health for Mechanics

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ACCIDENT HAZARDSmechanic2

  1. Falls from ladders, stairs, elevated platforms etc.
  2. Slippery or greasy floors.
  3. Injuries due to collapse of jacking, lifting or hoisting equipment, and vehicles falling from lifting equipment.
  4. Crushed toes resulting from falls of heavy objects.
  5. Eye injuries from splinters and flying objects from grinding, and machining operations, while operating compressed-air equipment and during cleaning and similar operations.
  6. Injuries as a result of being caught in or between moving and stationary objects.
  7. Injuries caused by rotating parts of machine tools. mechanic3
  8. Acute musculoskeletal injuries (intervertebral disk rupture, hernia etc.) due to overexertion while lifting or otherwise handling heavy vehicle parts, etc., and due to awkward work postures (underneath vehicle, etc.).
  9. Burns due to contact with hot surfaces, exhaust pipes or hot-melt chemicals; sudden release of hot water and steam lines, radiator and cooling system pipes; soldering, brazing and welding operations, etc.
  10. Electrocution as a result of defects, short circuits or improper use of electromechanical equipment, or contact with live wires, e.g., electric shocks from portable power tools.
  11. Carbon monoxide poisoning.
  12. Fires and explosions of spilled or leaked flammable/explosive substances, or by ignition of hydrogen released from batteries, or during flame cutting and welding operations, etc.
  13. Punctures and cuts caused by sharp edges of hand tools, vehicle parts and sheet materials.
  14. Bursting of compressed-air lines or containers.
  15. Accidents due to improperly installed and maintained steam/water pressure cleaners.

PHYSICAL HAZARDSmechanic4

  1. Exposure to direct and reflected ultraviolet and infrared radiation (esp. from welding operations).
  2. Exposure to microwave and radiofrequency radiation (esp. in heat-sealing of panels and upholstery, drying of trim base panels, etc.).
  3. Exposure to hand-arm vibration from power-driven hand tools, resulting in development of White Finger Syndrome, etc.
  4. Exposure to excessive noise (> 90 dB ).
  5. Exposure to excessive heat or cold.

CHEMICAL HAZARDS

mechanic5 Exposure to a wide range of industrial chemicals including heavy metals, contained in brake fluids, degreasers, detergents, lubricants, metal cleaners, paints, fuel, solvents, etc., resulting in various forms of chronic poisoning:

  1. Skin diseases and conditions (various types of dermatitis, skin sensitization, eczema, oil acne, etc.) caused by various chemicals, e.g.: adhesives, asbestos, antifreeze and brake fluids, epoxy resins, gasoline, oils, nickel, colophon etc.
  2. Eye irritation, dizziness, nausea, breathing problems, headaches, etc., caused by contact with irritating chemicals and their dusts and fumes.mechanic6
  3. Asbestosis and mesothelioma caused by asbestos dust.
  4. Chronic poisoning resulting from exposure to lead and its dust and fumes (esp. while repairing radiators,handling storage batteries, welding, using paints and lubricants, etc.) .
  5. Hematological changes as a result of exposure to solvents, such as benzene and its homologues, toluene, xylene, etc.
  6. Increased risk of cancer due to inhalation of diesel exhaust fumes or contact with certain heavy metals and their compounds, asbestos, benzene etc.
  7. Increased risk of organic brain damage due to inhalation of diesel exhaust fumes.
  8. Acute eye and mucous membrane irritation, headaches, breathing difficulties, chest tightness etc. caused by inhalation of NOx and respirable particulates.
  9. Gastrointestinal disturbances as a result of accidental or chronic ingestion of adhesives.

BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS

mechanic7Infections as a result of microorganism contamination and growth in certain adhesives

 

 

 

ERGONOMIC HAZARDS

  1. Acute musculoskeletal injuries (intervertebral disk rupture, tendon rupture, hernia etc.) caused by physical overexertion and incorrect combination of weight and posture during lifting and moving of heavy loads.
  2. Cumulative trauma disorders, including carpal tunnel syndrome, caused by long-time repetitive work
  3. Danger of being attacked by individuals (including dissatisfied customers) in work places open to the public
  4. Psychological stress when working under time pressure

PREVENTIVE MEASURE 

  1. Mount rail or other guards round inspection pits when not in use mechanic8
  2. Wear safety shoes with non-skid soles
  3. Wear appropriate eye protection; consult a safety supervisor or a supplier
  4. Learn and use safe lifting and moving techniques for heavy or awkward loads; use mechanical aids to assist in lifting
  5. In welding work, wear welding helmet with UV-protecting glass
  6. Wear hearing protection appropriate for the noise levels and type of noise – consult the supplier or an expert
  7. Protect hands with chemical-resistant gloves; if impractical, use a barrier cream
  8. Train employees how to recognize and respond to threat of violence; provide means for summoning help, or escort if needed

 

 

 

 

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