BMW X3 Service & Repair Manual: Safety at work

Note national regulations.

1.0 Compressed air:

  • Air guns must not be pointed at individuals. "Blowing off" the body with compressed air may lead to serious injury.
  • The devices are not permitted to be cleaned with compressed air due to dust contamination.

2.0 Electrical systems/devices:

  • Only perfectly functioning systems and devices may be used.
  • Repairs on electrical systems and devices must only be performed by certified electricians.

3.1 Working with aluminum dust:

  • Wear a fine dust mask.
  • Only applicable to E52 and I01: Use explosion-proof exhaust extraction unit.
  • Note national regulations.

3.2 Removing sealant.

  • Hydrochloric acid is created when PVC sealing material is heated to temperatures in excess of 180 ºC.
  • Remove PVC sealant with a rotating wire brush only or heat material with a hot air blower to maximum 180 ºC and remove with a spatula.
  • Ensure that all enclosed areas are well ventilated or are provided with direct extractor facilities.

3.3 Arc welding and brazing solder:

IMPORTANT: The extremely bright arc during welding may cause serious injury to the eyes if appropriate protective measures are not taken.

  • Use a welding screen suitable for the relevant welding method (metal active gas or metal inert gas).
  • Separation of workbays with protective curtains.
  • Use a welding-emissions extractor facility.
  • The welder must wear protective clothing and gloves which are suitable for welding (i.e. flameproof).
  • A fire extinguisher must be located within reach of the welding area.
  • Do not carry out any welding work in the proximity of a fuel tank e.g. when it is installed.
  • Note national regulations.

3.4 Working with chemical products (adhesive, cleaning agents, fillers, etc.): Heed the manufacturer's material safety data sheets.

IMPORTANT: Handling chemical products may result in allergic skin and breathing reactions.

  • Do not eat, drink or smoke while working with these products.
  • Avoid direct contact with eyes and skin.
  • Wear safety goggles, protective gloves and if necessary an apron.
  • Ensure that all enclosed areas are well ventilated or extract fumes directly.
  • Use a breathing apparatus with a suitable filter type when ventilation is insufficient.
  • Wear impermeable protective clothing.
  • Immediately change contaminated work clothing.
  • After finishing work, thoroughly clean your hands and apply protective skin cream.
  • Always keep an eye douche on hand, change the water regularly (once a month).
  • Store bonding products in a secure cabinet only.
  • Keep bonding products away from naked flames and other ignition sources.
  • Protect bonding products against strong heat sources and direct sunlight.
  • Note national regulations.

First Aid: If product comes in contact with eyes, immediately flush with running water for about 10-15 minutes.

Seek the advice of eye specialist.

In the event of skin contact and where applicable an allergic skin reaction, clean the affected areas immediately with soap and water and then apply silicone-free skin cream. If necessary, consult a doctor.

If an adhesive product is swallowed, rinse mouth/parts of mouth thoroughly with running water. Drink 1- 2 glasses of water. Do not induce vomiting. Consult a doctor.

After inhaling adhesive vapors ensure ample supply of fresh air. Stay calm. Keep air passages open.

Consult a doctor.

3.5 Repair work with carbon:

  • Do not eat, drink or smoke while working with these products.

    After finishing work, thoroughly clean your hands. Use protective hand cream.

  • Fire, smoking and naked flames are forbidden.
  • Wear work clothes, safety shoes, safety goggles and protective gloves.
  • Only carry out grinding and cutting work with explosion-proof extraction.

    Wear ear protectors.

  • Wear a dust mask (minimum class FFP2).
  • Avoid carbon dust contact with skin, eyes and clothing.
  • Regularly clean the working area with a vacuum cleaner and wipe the surfaces with a damp cloth.
  • Separate workbay by means of mobile partition walls or protective curtains.
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