Swiss Quality

15. June 2022

Occupational safety and explosion protection in workshops for body manufacturers

On behalf of IVECO (Switzerland) AG, HINE AG has drawn up a concept for ensuring occupational safety in workshops when handling vehicles that have alternative drive concepts. In a joint event organized by IVECO and HINE, the experience gained in the process was now shared with the invited body manufacturers. In addition to numerous other presentations by IVECO and HINE, HINE project manager Dr. Roger Krenger presented the various options for implementing safety in workshops. In the safety concept he created, attention was also paid to the cost-effectiveness of implementation. In this way, the goal of protecting lives is achieved with necessary but not excessive measures.

Due to international efforts to reduce CO2 emissions, not only the passenger car market but also the truck market is in a state of upheaval. In addition to battery-electric vehicles, gas-based drive concepts such as fuel cells or gas engines are also necessary due to the high demands on the performance of commercial vehicles. Here, vehicles are fueled with fluid fuels such as hydrogen or methane, which can also be produced from biological degradation products or synthetically regenerative, in liquid or gaseous form.

This changes the risks in the workshops where the vehicles are serviced, repaired or fitted with special superstructures. The risks are based on invisible hazards, such as high electrical charges or flammable gases. Workshop operators are obliged to comply with the statutory requirements regarding occupational safety and to ensure safe working conditions in their facilities. This includes both organizational and technical measures that must be implemented in the workshops.

We would like to thank the bodybuilders present for their great interest and the large number of attendees. If you are also confronted with the safety challenges posed by alternative drive concepts in your workshop, please contact us. We are at your disposal for a non-binding consultation.

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