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Environmental Safety and Your Oil Water Separator

November 21, 2012

Oil/water separators used by automotive repair or fleet maintenance businesses to pre-treat waste water usually rely on flow-through, gravity fed systems. Inside the separator, oil gets trapped in a layer over the top of the waste water. As dirt, sand and sweepings fall out o...

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How to Manage Hazardous Waste at Your Dealership

November 05, 2012

Hazardous waste regulations vary slightly across the country depending on if your dealership is regulated by a state or federal office of the EPA. However, there are some common hazardous wastes generated by the vehicle service and repair industry that your business is re...

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September Update on How to Handle Airbag Disposal

September 13, 2012

Auto dealers find the disposal of undeployed airbags to be a significant challenge, because they can be considered “reactive hazardous waste” if they are not recycled. For many years, dealers have opted to deploy the airbags and then send them to disposal sites like trad...

Posted in: Environmental Health and Safety, EPA, Uncategorized Tags: airbag recycling, Airbag shipping, EPA, hazmat compliance Read More

Respiratory Protection for Undercoating Operations

April 27, 2012

If your business offers, or is considering offering undercoating and rustproofing services, then it is important to remember that the chemicals involved in the process generally require the use of a respirator- or even a full supplied air system. Information about safe prod...

Posted in: EPA, OSHA, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: MSDS, respiratory protection, undercoating and rustproofing Read More

What You Need to Know About EPA's NESHAP 6C

April 13, 2012

NESHAP 6C applies to all gasoline dispensing facilities in the US and businesses that own and operate gasoline dispensing equipment. Its goal is to reduce air pollutants that escape during storage tank loading. This is a federal rule that applies in addition to state and loca...

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Quick Take: 6H Rule Explained for Autobody Shops

November 17, 2011

This video by KPA Field Engineer, Lori Matthews explains what the EPA's 6H rule means for autobody shops. The rule is intended to reduce the public’s exposure of HAP’s that are generated from paint stripping and/or surface coating operations. There are six parts to the ru...

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SPCC 101: What You Need to Know About SPCC Plans

October 17, 2011

SPCC stands for Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure. At this point, the SPCC is expected to become required for businesses on November 10, 2011. The SPCC rule is complicated, and has implications for many industries. This post focuses on what the rule means for deal...

Posted in: EPA, Prevention Plans Tags: dealership, EPA SPCC Plan Template, SPCC and EPA, SPCC Plan, What goes in an SPCC plan, Who Needs an SPCC Plan Read More

Evict Your Tire Mosquitoes

May 23, 2011 by Glorianna Cooley

Looking through the rain across the back lot, a pile of waste tires catches my eye. As I get closer to the pile, a buzzy little mosquito lands softly on my arm. I brush her away only to be attacked moments later by a hungry mob of blood suckers. State Health Departments and ...

Posted in: EPA, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: EPA, health department, mosquitoes, tire storage, waste tires Read More

Workplace Dangers in DETAIL: The Wash Bay Connection

March 25, 2011 by Trevor Stage

On a busy day, the floor can be covered in soaps, “engine juices,” oils, chemicals, and solvents. Flammable liquids in 55 gallon drums line the wall, with a high risk of explosion from any ignition source. This is where the safety culture at your dealership gets the road te...

Posted in: Citations, EPA, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: dealership explosion, detail area, flammable chemicals, Wash Bay Read More

6H Rule Now In Effect, Are You Ready?

January 11, 2011

The 6H Rule is now in effect and establishes two classes of painters - "certified" and "uncertified". Certified painters must have had training on use of certain paints commonly used in body shops and collision centers under the new rule. The rule states “the spray applicatio...

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