Pollution Prevention for Auto Body / Collision Repair Shops

Auto body and collision repair shops have become more sophisticated over the years. Since many pollution prevention strategies can also help to reduce costs and update processes and technologies, your business will likely become more competitive in the process.

Auto Body Technical Assistance Manual

P2 Top Tips for Stormwater Management from Ecology's Technical Assistance staff

Paints and Coatings as Waste from Ecology's Dangerous Materials guide

Less-toxic Alternatives for Dangerous Solvents discusses modern alternative solvents and how to substitute them

Pollution Prevention Saves Solvents and Money Using less solvent means buying and wasting less

Solvent Stills Recycle solvent, keep good records, and use safe processes

Focus Sheet: Spent Antifreeze

Pollution Prevention Resources

The Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) Topic Hubs™ include background information, pollution prevention opportunities, reasons for change, where to go for help, and links to more information about this sector and others.

Spray Painting Efficiency Training and the New NESHAP at PPRC describes training requirements and how shops can get the training that workers need under EPA rules.

Environmental Protection Agency Resources

Collision Repair Campaign discusses EPA's focused technical-assistance effort for the Auto Body / Collision Repair industry.

Training from the Collision Repair Campaign includes a video featuring NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

EPA's Safer Choice Automotive Refinishing Partnership —a voluntary partnership with the collision repair industry and schools to promote safer alternatives and best practices to reduce risk in the workplace and community.

Managing Worker Health and Safety:  An Auto Body Refinish Shop Success Story (PDF) (2 MB) (EPA 744-F-00-017)

Choosing the Right Gloves for Painting Cars (EPA 744-F-00-005)

Using Waterborne Basecoats in Collision Repair Shops: A Case Study(PDF 284k) (EPA 744-F-08-003)

Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) GreenLink - Compliance Assistance Center, a partnership of the industry and the Environmental Protection Agency has information for collision repair professionals.

Related Information

King County Auto Body Pollution Prevention Tips (Search Author: Balogh)

NIOSH Hazard Controls: Control of Dusts From Sanding in Auto Body Repair Shops alerts workers to dangers of hazardous components of paint spray, including metals such as lead and chromium, polyisocyanates, and liquid organic solvents.

OSHA’s new “SafetyPays” e-tool calculates the health benefits derived when collision repair businesses adopt best practices to reduce air toxics.