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Assessment / Automobiles - Bodies / Best management practices / Cleaning / Coating processes / Compliance / Hazardous waste / Industry and trade / Occupational safety and health / Paint / Recycling (Waste, etc.) / Solvents / Technological innovations / Waste management

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A Guide for Auto Body Shops: in English
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

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

Autobody Paint Booth Arrestor Filter Waste Characterization
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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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