In a typical work setting, vehicle cleaners:
- Have a medium level of social interaction. Vehicle cleaners talk with customers and supervisors, but usually work alone.
- Are responsible for customers' health and safety.
- Are responsible for work outcomes.
- Communicate with supervisors and customers weekly by telephone or in person.
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- Work in a group or as part of a team.
- Sometimes are placed in conflict situations in which customers may be rude or angry.
Physical Work Conditions
- Usually work outdoors, but sometimes work inside car washes or mechanic shops that do not have air conditioning or heat.
- Work inside vehicles on a daily basis.
- Are often exposed to contaminants, such as abrasive cleansers.
- Usually wear protective clothing, such as rubber gloves.
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- Often are exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable, such as loud cleaning equipment.
- Are often exposed to hazardous equipment, such as power washers.
- Are often exposed to hazardous conditions, such as chemicals used in cleaning solutions.
- Sometimes are exposed to extremely bright or inadequate lighting.
- Sometimes are exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures while working outdoors.
- Work near other people, but usually have a few feet of space separating them from others.
- Must be exact in their work. Errors could damage vehicles.
- Are able to set some tasks for the day without talking to a supervisor. This is because they repeat the same physical activities over and over.
- Are able to make most decisions without talking to a supervisor.
- Must meet strict deadlines on a weekly basis.
- Generally have a set schedule each week.
- May work full time or part time, but most work 40 hours a week.
- May work days, evenings, or weekends.