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Guide to help shops identify and manage wastes, hazardous wastes, and best management procedures thr...

Auto Refinish Project Best Practices Kit
A list of checklists and fact sheets on painting topics including: sanding, solvent wipe down, paint...

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A Sustainability Vision for the Automotive Services Industry [PDF]
Abstract: How to use the Natural Step Framework to develop a plan toward sustainability in automotive mechanical and collision repair facilities.
Source: Oregon DEQ
URL: http://www.pprc.org/pprc/pubs/deqauto.pdf

Aqueous Cleaning Technologies
Abstract: Definition and comparison of the performance of aqueous-cleaners and solvent-cleaning systems including economics, technology gaps, etc.
Source: Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
URL: http://www.pprc.org/pprc/p2tech/aqueous/aqintro.html

Aqueous Parts Cleaning [PDF]
Abstract: Information on equipment and solvents used in aqueous parts cleaning, and how to best utilize them to prevent pollution.
Source: EPA Region 9
URL: http://www.epa.gov/region09/cross_pr/p2/autofleet/fleetclean.p

Autobody Paint Booth Arrestor Filter Waste Characterization [PDF]
Abstract: Final Report on spent paint booth arrestor filters. Thirty autobody shops in King County and nine shops in Kitsap County were sampled and tested for heavy metals and persistent halogenated organic compounds (HOCs). The purpose of this study was to determine whether paint booth filters designate as hazardous waste and develop management recommendations.
Source: King County Waste Management Program
URL: http://www.govlink.org/hazwaste/publications/PaintFilterStudyF

Controlling VOCs with Spray Guns and Cleaning Equipment [PDF]
Abstract: To help reduce VOC emissions, collision repair shops should use spray guns with high transfer efficiencies and gun cleaning apparatus. Here are ideas to consider before making long-term investments.
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/air/pubs/sbap-1097.pdf

Isocyanates Profile: Autorefinishing Industry
Abstract: Background information on the use of diisocyanates in the automotive refinishing industry is available in this draft report. Also contains EPA's Description of Isocyanate Chemical Category and Hazard Concerns which contains health and safety information and recommended engineering controls and protective equipment to reduce inhalation and dermal exposure.
Source: U. S. EPA Design for the Environment
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/auto/profile/index.htm

Case study/success story

Auto Body Restoration and Painting
Abstract: Documents waste minimization and monetary savings resulting from pollution prevention in a family-owned auto body repair shop employing 17 people and specializing in auto body restoration and painting.
Source: Washington State Department of Ecology
URL: http://www.p2pays.org/ref/07/06582.htm

Auto Body Solvent Wipe Process [PDF]
Abstract: Student interns conducted an evaluation of the solvent body wipe process at four assembly plants. Their goals were to determine current practices, quantify data regarding waste generation, and to recommend opportunities for reducing wastes and costs.
Source: National Pollution Prevention Center; University of Michigan, Ferns, J., Valentine, M., and Vander Eyk, B.
URL: http://www.p2pays.org/ref/03/02541.pdf

Energy Aspects of Pollution Prevention
Abstract: Report of findings after AC motor speed controls were installed on three common pieces of painting and coating equipment in order to measure the potential energy savings from reduced fan speeds. Includes costs and results in a full report.
Source: IWRC
URL: http://www.iwrc.org/programs/energy.cfm

Factors that Motivate Owners of Auto Refinish Shops to Implement Changes [PDF]
Abstract: Profile of 10 shops who implemented P2 changes. Includes, drivers for change, obstacles and benefits.
Source: U.S. Environmnetal Protection Agency Design for the Environment
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/auto/factors/factors.pdf

Improved Paint Gun Cleaning
Abstract: Results of an auto body shop changing to a two-stage gun washing system (including purchase of new equipment), training employees and monitoring waste generation.
Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
URL: http://www.p2pays.org/ref/01/00297.htm

Mini-Assessment at an Auto Body Repair Company
Abstract: Results of a pollution prevention assessment for a small collision repair shop in Colorado whose major waste was thinner used to clean painting equipment and paint-related hazardous wastes
Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
URL: http://www.p2pays.org/ref/01/00320.htm

PAC2E Cast Studies Issue
Abstract: Includes information on proper surface preparation as well as case studies on pre-treatment alternatives, and comparisons of pressure feed HVLP and conventional air spray equipment with both traditional and high viscosity paints.
Source: Iowa Waste Reduction Center
URL: http://iwrc.org/pubs/pacesummer2002.cfm

Pressure Feed HVLP vs. Conventional Air Spray
Abstract: A comparison of pressure fed HVLP and conventional air spray equipment. The intent of the study was to assess the performance of HVLP and conventional air spray in regard to transfer efficiency, production speed and finish quality when spraying a relatively high viscosity industrial coating.
Source: Iowa Waste Reduction Center
URL: http://iwrc.org/pubs/pacesummer2002.cfm#5

Fact sheet/checklist

Air Quality Rules Affecting Autobody Shops with Paint Spraying Equipment [PDF]
Abstract: Overview of federal and state (Minnesota) regulations affecting auto body shops. Permitting requirements may vary by state; check local agency rules.
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/air/pubs/5-13.pdf

Alternative Cleaning Solvents and Processes [PDF]
Abstract: Fact sheet on how to select alternative cleaning solvents and cleaning processes.
Source: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
URL: http://www.deq.state.or.us/pubs/general/AlternativeCleaning.pd

Alternative to Solvents [PDF]
Abstract: Discusses alternatives to organic and chlorinated solvents.
Source: Waste Management and Resource Center at UIUC
URL: http://www.wmrc.uiuc.edu/main_sections/info_services/library_d

Auto Recyclers
Abstract: Describes different salvage approaches including various ways to recycle and "green" salvage options.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
URL: http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/cea/assistance/scrap/index.htm

Autobody Repair and Refinishing: Hazards and Solutions
Abstract: References for workers to aid in recognizing and controlling some of the hazards associated with autobody repair and refinishing.
Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
URL: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/autobody/recognition.html

Best Practice for Automotive Refinishers When Spray Painting
Abstract: Suggestions for saving money on paint, reducing emissions, and keeping painters and technicians safe and healthy.
Source: U.S. EPA Design for the Environment
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/auto/bp_spray/index.htm

Best Practice for the Paint Mixing Room
Abstract: Suggestions to cut shop waste and pollution, reduce health and safety hazards, and save money in paint mixing operations.
Source: U.S. EPA Design for the Environment
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/auto/bp_mixing/index.html

Collision Repair: Reducing Waste and Costs
Abstract: Description and links to reducing several common waste streams in a collision repair shop including spills, wastewater, solvents, paint, packaging, gun washing, floor trenches and traps, and aerosols.
Source: Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)
URL: http://www.mntap.umn.edu/vehicle/28-CollRepair.htm

Environmental Compliance Checklist for Auto Body Repair Shops [PDF]
Abstract: Lists hazardous waste, air, and water regulations in Montana. BMP's and general recommendations are helpful anywhere and include: parts and gun washing; common shop wastes like rags, batteries, used oil, etc.; prep and painting processes and wastes; floor sumps and more.
Source: Montana Extension Pollution Prevention Program
URL: http://www.p2pays.org/ref/06/05082.pdf

How to Read a Material Safety Data Sheet
Abstract: Fact sheet explaining how to determine if the materials used in the process require special handling for regulatory compliance and health and safety.
Source: Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
URL: http://www.pprc.org/pprc/sbap/facts/msds.html

Managing Paint Related Waste from Coating Operations [PDF]
Abstract: Covers choosing paint, supplies and equipment, and discusses classifying and reducing waste air permits.
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/waste/pubs/4_39.pdf

Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning
Abstract: Gives a list of fact sheets explaining the effects of CFC-12 on the ozone layer, the substitutes and how they must be used, and the regulations that govern car motor vehicle conditioning in the US.
Source: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ozone/title6/609/index.html

NAICS Definitions: Repair and Maintenance
Abstract: Categorizes repair and maintenance based on production processes, skills, expertise, and processes found in different repair establishments.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
URL: http://www.census.gov/epcd/naics/NDEF811.HTM#N81112

Reducing Auto Body Shop Waste [PDF]
Abstract: General waste reduction suggestions for an auto body shop in Illinois.
Source: Waste Management Resource Center at UIUC
URL: http://www.wmrc.uiuc.edu/main_sections/info_services/library_d

Safe Work Practices that Reduce Worker Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals [PDF]
Abstract: Outlines auto body shop tasks, safety risks and associated safe work practices and impacts on worker exposure.
Source: U.S. EPA Design for the Environment
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/auto/bestpractices/bestpr

Spontaneous Combustion of Used Paint Booth Filters
Abstract: List of practices to minimize the potential for spontaneous combustion of used paint booth filters based on research to determine the cause of this problem.
Source: IWRC
URL: http://www.iwrc.org/programs/sponCombust.cfm

The Finishing Line for Body Shops [PDF]
Abstract: Questions and answers on low VOC coatings for auto body shops including an outline of the federal regulations implemented in 1999.
Source: Northeast Waste Management Officials Association
URL: http://www.p2pays.org/ref/03/02179.pdf


Auto Refinish Project Best Practices Kit
Abstract: A list of checklists and fact sheets on painting topics including: sanding, solvent wipe down, paint mixing, spray painting, spray gun cleaning, health and safety management and working with isocyanates
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/auto/trainers/index.htm


A Guide for Auto Body Shops
Abstract: Hazardous wastes produced in auto body shops include spent solvents, thinners, still bottoms, waste paint and waste antifreeze. If improperly managed, these wastes may threaten worker safety, damage the environment, or put entire communities at risk. This booklet is geared to Washington state but is widely applicable.
Source: Washington State Department of Ecology
URL: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/biblio/92br16.html

A Toolkit for Autobody Repair Shops [PDF]
Abstract: Shop-oriented manual that defines and justifies pollution prevention as well as giving best management practices and case studies of successful efforts.
Source: University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension
URL: http://www.p2pays.org/ref/03/02323.pdf

Auto Body Shops Pollution Prevention Guide
Abstract: Guide to help shops identify and manage wastes, hazardous wastes, and best management procedures through self-assessment.
Source: Montana State University Extension Service Pollution Prevention Program
URL: http://peakstoprairies.org/p2bande/autobody/abguide/index.cfm

Auto Body Surface Coating: A Practical Guide to Reducing Air Emissions [PDF]
Abstract: Gives an overview of the auto refinishing process and recommends approaches to air emission reduction. It includes a review of the spray equipment currently used for auto refinishing operations, spray equipment cleaning processes, surface prep cleaners, undercoats, topcoats and a look at what to expect in the future.
Source: Iowa Waste Reduction Center
URL: http://www.iwrc.org/pubs/absc.pdf

Crash Course for Compliance and Pollution Prevention
Abstract: A comprehensive, plain-language manual designed to help the auto body repair industry in Massachusetts: understand and comply with environmental, health and safety requirements, and learn about and implement various pollution prevention strategies.
Source: Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance
URL: http://www.mass.gov/ota/otapubs.htm

How The New Motor Vehicle Waste Disposal Well Rule Affects Your Business [PDF]
Abstract: During normal vehicle repair and maintenance, vehicle fluids may drip, spill or otherwise enter floor drains or sinks in service areas. These fluids can introduce various toxic chemicals into drinking water sources. This guide describes the rule governing Class V injection wells, implemented in 1999 -- how to identify them, how to comply and best management practices.
Source: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/safewater/uic/smallcompliance.pdf

How to Finish in the Money [PDF]
Abstract: Spray booth and equipment manufacturer offers this guide to auto painting efficiency.
Source: Blowtherm USA Incorporated
URL: http://www.p2pays.org/ref/02/01011.pdf

Pollution Solutions: Auto Body
Abstract: Recommendations for good housekeeping, maintenance, purchase and inventory, materials and waste storage, basic operations, equipment changes, material substitution, and process change presented in a checklist format.
Source: University of Missouri Extension Service
URL: http://outreach.missouri.edu/polsol/autobdy.htm

Transportation Services and the Environment
Abstract: Information on regulations and managing waste for vehicle maintenance and repair service industries including a section on paints and filters. Includes assessment checklists.
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/industry/ts-main.html


Autobody Online.com - news, industry info, products
Abstract: Includes industry news and discussion forums and allows searching for information like parts, events, rates, shops, etc.
Source: Collision Services Incorporated
URL: http://www.autobodyonline.com/

Automotive Body Repair News
Abstract: Online periodical. News, current events and links. Hard copy subscriptions available.
Source: ABRN Cahners Business Information
URL: http://www.abrn.com/abrn/

Collision Repair Industry Insight
Abstract: News, general industry information.
Source: Collision Repair Industry INSIGHT
URL: http://www.collision-insight.com/

Parts and People
Abstract: A trade-only publication whose goal is to provide news, information, and insightful business profiles to automotive businesses in order to promote profitable business practices.
Source: Parts and People
URL: http://www.partsandpeople.com/

Pollution Prevention for Painting & Coating Compliance Enhancement (PAC2E)
Abstract: Twice annual newsletter focuses on issues relating to painting and coating and discusses developments resulting from IWRC research.
Source: Iowa Waste Reduction Center
URL: http://www.iwrc.org/pubs/pace.cfm

Software/electronic tool

Gun Wash Unit Cost Calculator
Abstract: Online cost calculator to help auto body repair shops determine if it is beneficial to invest in automatic gun washing equipment. A list of gun washing vendors is also provided. The only information needed is amount of thinner used in gallons per year.
Source: Iowa Waste Reduction Center
URL: http://www.iwrc.org/programs/gunwash.cfm

HVLP Cost Calculator
Abstract: Online cost calculator to help auto body repair shops determine the cost benefits of converting from a conventional paint spray gun to an HVLP spray gun. Information needed to use the calculator is gallons of paint used per year and the average cost of paint used.
Source: Iowa Waste Reduction Center
URL: http://www.iwrc.org/programs/hvlp.cfm

Solvent Distillation Cost Calculator
Abstract: Online cost calculator to help auto body repair shops determine if it is cost effective to purchase an on site solvent distillation unit. A list of vendors is provided. Data needed to use the calclulator is thinner used in gallons per year.
Source: Iowa Waste Reduction Center's Small Business Pollution Prevention Center
URL: http://www.iwrc.org/programs/solvent.cfm

Web site

CCAR Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair
Abstract: This national Compliance Assistance Center helps those engaged in automotive service, collision repair and other sectors of the automotive industry better understand environmental responsibilities, and achieve compliance with environmental program requirements.
Source: Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair
URL: http://www.ccar-greenlink.org/

Coatings Guide
Abstract: Includes a product guide for low-emitting coatings, a cost analysis for switching systems, a tool to evaluate a user's current coating and methods, and more.
Source: Pollution Prevention Program, Research Triangle Institute
URL: http://cage.rti.org/

Collision Industry Conference
Abstract: Forum for discussion and information sharing. Ongoing meetings.
Source: Collision Industry Conference
URL: http://www.ciclink.com/

Paints and Coatings Resource Center
Abstract: Provides regulatory compliance information to organic coating facilities, industry vendors and suppliers, and others. Tools include VOC & HAP calculators, a state and federal regulations locator and a members database.
Source: Paints and Coatings Resource Center
URL: http://www.paintcenter.org/

Safety and Health Topics for Auto Body Repair and Refinishing
Abstract: Resources for recognition, control and compliance with safety and health issues for the auto body industry.
Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
URL: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/autobody/

The National Auto Body Council
Abstract: "The National Auto Body Council is a not-for-profit organization committed to the goal of improving the image of all dedicated professionals in the collision repair industry."
Source: The National Auto Body Council
URL: http://www.autobodycouncil.org/

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