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How to work in the garage as sterile as possible in times of Coronavirus

25.03.2020

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The Corona crisis currently affects all areas of public life, and workshops are not exempt. In addition to the well-known protective measures of the World Health Organisation and national authorities, the REPXPERT team has compiled further hygiene instructions for working in a workshop. Read here how you and your colleagues can continue to work safely and hygienically on the car while also protecting your customers: 

1.    Clean the vehicle after acceptance. This mainly applies to the surfaces inside the car that are most frequently touched (e.g. touch screen, steering wheel controls and centre console, electric window buttons, etc.) The car key must not be forgotten either. But also pay attention to the least noticeable areas, such as door handles and the rear-view mirror. Usually normal soap or washing-up liquid is sufficient to destroy the structure of the viruses. For the interior, special cockpit cleaners that gently clean surfaces are also appropriate. 

2.    Switch off the ventilation before starting the vehicle.

3.    Use one-way plastic wrap. The steering wheel and gear knob can be wrapped in plastic wrap to provide additional protection during work or test drives.  

4.    Work with gloves. All work on the vehicle may only be carried out with appropriate hand protection. A large proportion of the germs on the body are on the hands, so it is important to protect them in the best possible way. Wearing gloves reduces the risk of infection.

5.    Maintain distance. Just as in everyday life, the same applies in the workshop: at least 1.50 m distance from colleagues and customers. It is possible that they may already be infected with the virus, even if they show no symptoms. This reduces your risk of infection.

6.    Install Plexiglas panels at the reception counter. These help to maintain the necessary distance, e.g. when chatting with customers. This can help prevent the spread of the virus. 

7.    Keep contact with customers to a minimum. A pick-up and delivery service of the vehicle reduces the number of contact points and thus the risk of infection.

8.    Reduce the number of people/customers in the reception area. When setting up appointments, be sure to avoid possible overlaps.

9.    Clean your facilities regularly. It is particularly important to thoroughly clean door handles, reception desk, ballpoint pens, work cards, chair backs, coffee machines and other objects with which contact is frequently made during customer dealings. This also applies to all facilities used by workshop staff. 

10.    Remove magazines from the waiting area. This is another area where viruses could potentially survive for several days.

11.    Avoid test drives with customers. Here, the minimum distance of 1.50 m cannot be maintained.

12.    Encourage cashless payment options. If possible, stop cash payment temporarily. 

13.    Lay out paper towels in your sanitary facilities. Don't use towels, as they are shared by several people.