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Safety First

Kenneth Shealy


Through inexperience or lack of training, teens may overlook safety in the automotive shop and on the job. This lesson provides a better understanding of safety rules outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


The student understands the role of individual responsibility regarding personal risk behaviors.


-Pencil and paper for students
-Textbook (any general Automotive Technology text that has a chapter on shop safety)
-Safety Agreement Form (See Associated File)
-Safety Briefing Handout (See Associated File)


1. Duplicate copies of Safety Agreement Form.
2. Duplicate copies of Safety Briefing Handout.
3. Review textbook chapter on Shop Safety from any general Automotive Technology text.


Most teens think they are invincible when it comes to safety issues. What does invincible mean to you? They do not believe or think anything will happen to them and worse they think they know everything.

1. Begin with a review of what students know about safety. Write responses on the board. Ask who is responsible for safety? Explain that each individual is responsible for safety on the job.

2. Distribute the Safety Briefing Handout. (See Associated File) Direct students to read handout silently. Ask questions about the content of the Safety Briefing Handout.

3. After reviewing the Safety Briefing Handout, walk the class through the automotive shop and point out all safety devices and explain how they work and the importance of each item. (For example, point out the jack stands, eye wash, fire extinguisher, parts cleaner, etc.)

4. After walk through, return to classroom and provide a practice on the chalkboard of the shop layout. Have volunteers fill in locations of safety items such as fire extinguishers and eye wash. Provide corrective feedback as necessary.

5. Ask students, “Why is it important that each person knows the location of safety equipment?”

6. Ask the question, “When should you wear your safety glasses?” Ask three additional questions from the Safety Briefing Handout. Stress the importance of personal responsibility.

7. Direct students to read their textbook chapter on Shop Safety and complete review questions and Automotive Service of Excellence (ASE) type questions at the end of the chapter.

8. Have them turn in completed written assignment. Read student answers and write comments to provide corrective feedback as needed. Return papers the following day.

9. When you return the papers ask, “What are your questions at this time pertaining to shop safety?” Use student questions to clear up any areas of confusion.

10. Ask students to brainstorm different kinds of shop accidents that they should be aware of. “How would you prevent these shop accidents? Who is responsible for safety?”

11. Have students sketch or draw the floor plan and list the safety equipment and their locations. Also have them submit a written report from the Safety Briefing Handout which summarizes the key points.

12. Hand out and review the Safety Agreement Form (See Associated File) with students and have them sign, date, and turn in.

13. Ask students why they must sign the Safety Agreement Form. Guide them to respond that they are individually responsible for safety.


1. Have students use their sketch to answer and explain why it is important to know locations of safety equipment. Provide positive feedback to their answers.

2. Formatively assess students as they discuss the importance of having safety rules and why it is the individual's responsibility to follow these safety rules.

3. Provide feedback on discussion of the various kinds of shop accidents the students should be aware of and have the students explain how each of them can prevent shop accidents from happening. Provide feedback of their individual responsibility.

4. Review answers to questions on safety chapter in automotive textbook and provide feedback.
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