Tips on How Auto Techs and DIY Mechanics Can Keep Warm in Winter

November 11, 2017

bendpak auto lift setupAuto repair shops and home garages are notorious for turning into virtual iceboxes in winter. Thanks to a combination of large open spaces, big bay doors, and poor insulation, repair shops and garages can become so cold that it’s difficult for auto techs and home mechanics to stay focused on the job and work comfortably. This can result in a variety of problems ranging from illness and injury to mistakes and poor productivity, so it’s critical to take preventive action now. Here are a few tips on how auto techs and DIY mechanics can keep warm in winter:

Clothing

  • Dress in layers, beginning with a snug-fitting base layer made of material designed to retain heat and regulate body temperature.
  • Choose a hydrophobic down vest or a lightweight wool sweater for the middle layer. This layer should fit looser than the base layer to facilitate complete range of motion.
  • The outer layer can be your shop-issued coveralls or a windproof jacket/shell to protect against cold air.
  • Cover your head and ears to prevent loss of body heat.
  • Wear neoprene work gloves or keep disposable hand warmers in your pockets so your hands and fingers can stay warm and nimble.
  • Wear lightweight wool socks or insulated boots to protect your feet. You can also put disposable foot warmers directly into your boots for extra warmth.

Workspace

  • Confirm that all outward facing windows and doors seal tightly when closed. Add weatherstripping or other insulating materials as needed.
  • Close doors fully whenever entering or exiting the workspace to prevent cold air from seeping in.
  • Make sure you have access to warm beverages such as coffee, tea, cocoa, or even soup/broth throughout your work session.
  • Consider using a portable heating unit in the workspace if it is safe to do so.
  • Take breaks in a heated break room, locker room, or inside your home whenever the cold conditions begin to affect your concentration or ability to safely operate tools and equipment.
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