Collision repair workshops store and use significant quantities of hazardous substances. You need to know about the substances you’re using and how to protect your health and the heath of your staff.

We have produced guidance on the safe handling of hazardous substances in collision repair workshops.

Working safely with hazardous substances in your collision repair workshop

This guide will help you safely manage the hazardous substances (products) you use at work.

Working safely with hazardous substances in your collision repair workshop (PDF 1.4 MB)

While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe.

Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.

I've got it covered

A poster has also been designed to put up in your workshop reminding workers about the importance of using proper personal protection equipment in protecting their health.

Poster - I've got it covered (PDF 111 KB)

Compliance certification requirements

Depending on the type and quantity of chemicals held at your site, you may require one or more of the following compliance certificates:

If you are unsure about your compliance certification requirements, contact a compliance certifier for advice.

Find a compliance certifier(external link)

As a general rule, you should keep the quantities of hazardous substances stored on your site to a minimum. In this way the risks may be reduced and the need for compliance certification reduced.