Health and Safety
At GKN the health and safety of our employees and of all others who may be affected by our business activities is of the utmost priority. GKN is committed to providing a safe working environment that supports accident prevention and minimises exposure to health risks. Our aim is to eliminate work related illnesses and injuries.
Always follow the given safety instructions
Always use the correct protective equipment and tools for the task at hand
Help others be safe and work safely
For further information please contact us at Marketing.Wheels@gkn.com
Safety Procedures & Standards for Servicing Rims, Wheels and Tyres
Tyres, rims and wheel assemblies are safety-critical items that must be maintained and used correctly to prevent accidents and minimise exposure to health risks.
Tyres and rims require regular maintenance and service by trained and qualified professionals. There are numerous national, local and industry standards which provide instruction and advice on the correct procedures to follow. Links to the major national standards are given below.
The purpose of these web pages and the related links are to help you guard against risk and to ensure that you follow the correct guidelines to safe tyre service and maintenance.
- Always deflate the tyre you are working on and both tyres in a dual assembly completely, before removing from the vehicle or machine or a tyre from a rim wheel. Unseen damage could cause the assembly to explode during removal while it is still inflated.
- All service and maintenance operations must be performed only by an appropriately trained and qualified person: they must follow the correct procedures, utilise the correct tools and equipment and take all the necessary safety precautions.
- Improper handling and assembly of off-highway rim wheels can cause serious or fatal accidents. Components can explode at any time when proper procedures have not been followed, including during:
- Mounting and remounting
- Installations and removal
- Other handling or operation
As a reminder, ALWAYS remember these key points:
- Always deflate tyres before commencing any work
- Never service any tyres, wheels or rims without appropriate training
- Always use the recommended safety equipment and tools
- Use a wheel cage or stand-off inflation device while inflating tyres
- Undertake the appropriate training: never service any tyres, wheels or rims without appropriate training
- Tyre servicing tools and equipment: always use the safety equipment, PPE and tools
- The importance of deflating tyres before commencing any work: Always deflate the tyre you are working on (and both tyres in a dual assembly) completely, before removing from the vehicle or machine or a tyre from a rim wheel. Unseen damage could cause the assembly to explode during removal whilst it is still inflated
- A wheel cage or stand-off inflation device should be used to protect persons while inflating tyres.
For reference please follow the relevant links:
The Americas and rest of world:
- The Servicing of single piece and multi-piece rim wheels used on large vehicles
- OSHA 3086: Servicing single-piece and multi-piece rim wheels booklet
- The Tire and Rim Safety Awareness Program
Please note: as quoted by EUWA and OSHA, that ‘it is mandatory for safety reasons that, before starting to unbolt the tyre-wheel assembly from the vehicle axle, the tyre must be fully deflated’. In the case of a twin (dual) assembly both tyres must be fully deflated.