Alaska Laser Wash was the first car wash company to bring touchless and 24-hour car washing to Alaska in 1997. The company has seven Anchorage locations, each featuring three wash options, free vacuuming, and a vending machine. As part of the company’s commitment to provide excellent customer service and a safe work environment for its employees, the company learned of OSHA On-Site Consultation. This prompted the company to start improving its safety and health program and to have a comprehensive assessment performed at each of its facilities. At the company’s request, the Alaska Occupational Safety and Health (AKOSH) On-Site Consultation program made their initial visits in July of 2018.
During the visits, hazards were identified such as a damaged lighting system and incorrect usage of portable pneumatic tools. Additional training needed to be implemented. The company informed the employees of the hazards and took immediate steps to abate. The items were locked-out from use according to company policy and were replaced as soon as possible. Once the hazards were corrected, all employees were informed and educated on the hazard identification process.
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