Posted on: 02 March 2020

Keeping your team and your customers safe

Car wash businesses were one of the most popular start-up businesses of the decade, with thousands of new businesses popping up across the UK, and approximately 50,000 car wash businesses open as of April 2018.

Heavy machinery, moving vehicles, chemicals and water can all make a car wash a dangerous place to work, so take a look below to remind yourself of the importance of health and safety at your car wash business.

Health and safety for your car wash business

Before you open…

Every morning, the business owner or an appointed employee should give your business a check over before you start trading.

Ensure that all of your equipment works and that there is nothing on the site that could cause damage to a customer’s car or any of your team. Check that all of your equipment is in peak condition and that all areas are free from debris. Implement an opening checklist so that you can ensure that all safety checks have been carried out in the morning.

You could also use a car as a test for the day to ensure that all of your equipment is working as it should.

Protecting your team

As you are working with chemicals, you should supply your employees with personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure that they don’t come to any harm whilst working.

PPE for a car wash could include rubber boots, protective gloves or face masks, depending on the kind of chemicals that you are working with.

If you have PPE on-site which your team use, ensure that they are fit for purpose before giving them to your team. If you have disposable equipment, keep an eye on how much you have in stock to ensure that you have a good supply.

Suitable clothing

Regardless of your role in the business, you must wear the appropriate clothing so that you are safe.

Baggy clothes can get caught in your machinery, potentially leading to injuries, as can jewellery, which could also damage a customer’s car.

As there will be pools of surface water, you should ensure that you are wearing footwear that provides grip to avoid any slipping accidents.

If the worst happens…

Whilst you can put processes in place to help mitigate accidents, they can still happen at any time.

Have regular updates with members of your team so that they know what to do in the event of an emergency.

You should outline this in an employee handbook, but you should also ensure that your team know how to react in the event of an emergency.

Car valet insurance with Premierline

As a business with a variety of risks, getting your business insurance right is paramount to be able to protect you and your business should an accident happen.

At Premierline, we understand that no two businesses are the same, which is why our trained insurance advisors will assess your business’ needs and work with some of the UK’s most well-known insurance providers to find you a competitive car valeting insurance quote.

Source: Zywave Inc. – General Industry Safety Matters: Car Wash Safety

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