Best Shop Practices Three sets of documents focus on the key components of beneficial change in small auto refinish shops. Compiled from real-life shop experiences, the documents serve as worker protection and pollution prevention goals for the small shop.
DfE Auto Refinishing Best Practices Outreach Kit [Web Only] September 2003 Developed for site visits and train-the-trainer workshops, this kit serves as an excellent resource for autobody and refinish shops. The Kit contains best practices checklists for each auto refinish activity, fact sheets, case studies, health and safety information, lists of manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, and other useful information for shop owners and technicians.
Breathing Easy [Draft] [PDF] (222 KB) [Web Only] (EPA/744-F-02-008) May 2002, 4 pages This fact sheet provides practical information and guidance to auto refinish shops on how to ensure proper ventilation of the paint mixing room. The information includes ventilation system basics and diagrams, risk reduction ideas, common mistakes, tips, and design considerations.
Supplied Air Respirators These fact sheets provides practical information and advice to guide shops from conventional to best practices.
Respiratory Protection Program for Auto Refinish Shops [PDF] (351 KB) [Web Only] (EPA/744-F-02-010) November 2002, 42 pages The purpose of this document is to assist auto body shops in developing a respiratory protection program that protects the health of their employees and meets the requirements of OSHA's Respiratory Protection standard. Checklists and blank spaces allow shops to customize their program for specific hazards and appropriate respiratory protection.
Managing Worker Health and Safety: An Auto Refinish Success Story [PDF] (1.6 MB) [Web Only] (EPA/744-F-00-017) April 2001, 4 pages This case study describes how a dedicated shop manager makes sure his painters know the risks from auto refinish chemicals and how to protect themelves. Included in this fact sheet is information regarding Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), appropriate protective equipment, and employee training.
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