Sector: auto repair

Posted: April 23, 2013
Source: Body Shop Business.com by By Jason Stahl

A representative of GMG Envirosafe warned attendees of the Collision Industry Conference held April 9-10 that OSHA is cracking down on body shops to ensure workers are protected from isocyanate exposure.Brandon Thomas, chief operations officer of GMG, a company that offers OSHA, EPA and DOT compliance solutions, said a study done by OSHA’s counterpart in Britain found that painters in a body shop environment have 80 times the risk of occupational asthma from isocyanates than industrial workers. It’s precisely for that reason, Thomas said, that OSHA is targeting the collision industry more aggressively than others.

According to Thomas, OSHA has fined body shops $1.6 million over the last three years. OSHA’s enforcement division has increased inspections 25 percent over the last four years because they have a bigger budget, and there is an average of 4.33 citations per inspection.

OSHA’s goal, Thomas said, is to eliminate isocyanate exposure altogether in two ways: engineering controls (spraybooth, mixing rooms, ventilation, gun washers, etc.) and administrative controls (PPE training and processes).

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Posted: April 7, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

The first bulletin covers the 2015 Honda Fit model including new model body technology, body repair information, welding information and airbag systems. The second bulletin covers welding and sectioning guideline revisions that apply to all models.The bulletins have been issued in response to industry requests for more information about the proper repair of Honda and Acura vehicles as the amount of high-strength steel used in vehicles continues to increase.

Body Repair News summarizes new body and vehicle technology that may affect collision and other body repairs. It is not intended to replace the detailed information contained in the body repair and service manuals. Rather, it aims to help collision repair industry personnel understand why using the factory service information is so important to making safe and complete repairs.


More information:Visit techinfo.honda.com and techinfo.acura.com, then click the “Collision Repair Information and Industry Position Statements” link.

Posted: February 5, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

AutoInc., the official publication of the Automotive Service Association (ASA), recently selected its annual “Top 10 Automotive Repair Websites,” which are featured in the magazine’s February 2014 issue.
AutoInc.’s “Top 10 of 2014” includes:
  • Artistic Collision Center Inc., Rancho Cordova, Calif., www.artisticcollision.com
  • Atlantic Motorcar Services, Wicasset, Maine, www.atlanticmotorcar.com
  • Certified Transmissions, Draper, Utah, www.certifiedtrans.com
  • Dillon’s Automotive, Katy, Texas, www.dillonsautomotive.com
  • Kinney’s Automotive, Hurst, Texas, www.kinneysauto.com
  • Mike’s KARS Inc., Gettysburg, Pa., www.mikeskars.com
  • One Stop Auto Care, Los Angeles, Calif., www.onestop-autocare.com
  • Rabbit Row Repair, Wilson, Wyo., www.rabbitrowautorepair.com
  • Rad Air Complete Car Care, Strongsville, Ohio, www.radair.com
  • Valley Automotive Repair and Electric, Maple Valley, Wash., www.valleyautoelectric.com
Each year, AutoInc. judges review scores of website submissions and narrow the field to what they consider the best. Judges use set guidelines and a scoring sheet to evaluate specific features of each site uniformly. Qualifying websites were evaluated on nine criteria:

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Posted: November 25, 2013
Source: BodyShop Business.com

The Martin Senour Company announces its 2014 first quarter training schedule, with courses running from Jan. 1 through March 30, 2014. Training courses emphasize painter certification and maximizing shop profits, and will be held at Martin Senour training facilities nationwide.

Martin Senour Automotive Finishes Director of Sales Brandon Devis notes that shop owners are increasingly concerned with how to best maximize their profits while increasing productivity and quality. In response to these needs, the company is providing additional classes specific to all these practices.

In particular, Martin Senour professionals will teach the following course topics during the first quarter of 2014:

  • Pro//BASE Refinish System Painter Certification
  • VORTEX Waterborne Painter Certification
  • Estimating Solutions for Profit
  • Color Adjustment and Blending
  • Improving Workshop Efficiency
  • Achieving Service Excellence
  • Fleet FGP

More information:

View the complete training schedule