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.

Automotive Industry is an Ecology for Business index about many aspects of auto shops and the environment.

Paints and Coatings 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 Resource Exchange Topic Hubs™

Topic Hubs ™ are created through the nationwide nonprofit Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange and our local northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center. The Autobody Topic Hub is easy to navigate and gives a comprehensive overview of reasons to change, challenges you may face and tools to help you in the transition to less toxic and less wasteful processes and materials.

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

US 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 Design for the Environment (DfE) 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.

Best Practices from DfE

Managing Worker Health and Safety:  An Auto Body Refinish Shop Success Story (EPA 744-F-00-017) (PDF1.6 MB)

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 Autobody Pollution Prevention Tips (Search Author: Balogh)

NIOSH Hazard Controls: Control of Dust 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.

Hazardous Waste Service Providers Directory is a database and guide to businesses that help others handle dangerous waste in Washington state. It  includes listings for alternative solvents and parts washers.