Working on cars is a dangerous hobby by any definition. Working on cars as a career is definitely detrimental to your health, and you will almost unavoidably get injured at some point in your career.
What are the hazards of working on cars?
- Working around Gasoline (flammable, toxic vapors, and you will be working around it)
- Engines get hot. Exhaust temperatures can reach around 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Touch an exhaust on accident and you will get burned immediately. This happens all the time!
- Coolant and oil are hot and toxic/bad for you. You will have oil running down your arms, dripping into your mouth on accident, and coolant will find its way onto your clothes. Just hope it isn’t boiling hot and burns you.
- Cars and trucks are heavy. You will be lifting them up, getting under them, and praying that the jack stands you bought are going to keep you safe. If you don’t know what you’re doing you can quickly find yourself under a car that could fall at any second. Don’t take this lightly! You can die under a car at any second.
To protect yourself while working on cars use:
- Disposable Gloves:
These are pretty explanatory, but often overlooked. I just found a study after doing a quick google search for “oil exposure cancer,” on an English government website. It warns that “Frequent or prolonged contact with used engine oil may cause dermatitis and other skin disorders including (more rarely) skin cancer.” http://www.hse.gov.uk/skin/employ/highrisk/mvr.htm
- Use disposable gloves. Just be safe, and keep your hands clean at the same time.
- Here is a link to some of my favorite gloves (I know they’re kind of expensive,) but trust me when I say you can get more than just one use out of these.
- You will also get used to having clean hands after working, and never want to go back to oily fingernails again.
2. Safety Glasses
- Anytime you are under a car or truck you should be wearing eye protectors. I know you won’t, and I know I don’t all the time either. But I wish I had. Every single time I get something in my eye under a car I swear, throw my tools and kick myself for being dumb.
- Just put on the dumb glasses and look a little nerdy for a bit.
- Just buy this twelve pack and leave them all around the garage.
- Your eyes will thank you later.
3. Hearing Protectors:
- Do you want to be able to hear your kids speak their first words? I do. 🙂 All jokes aside, seriously good hearing protectors are essential. Any impact drivers these days, especially the cordless ones I use are extremely loud (the biggest drawback), and you need to wear appropriate protection. Even using a compressor to blow compressed air will hurt your ears over time, and the one thing you can’t heal is your hearing. Once it is gone, well its gone.
- I like using ear protectors like these by Decibel Defense (they are comfortable and offer the highest level of protection)–
One more tip to save your lungs– watch the video to find out!
The link goes to my youtube video titled: “How To: 3 Safety Items Every DIY Mechanic Needs HD”