The Auto Body Craftsmen’s Guild (ABCG) met at K and E Auto Body and Collision Center in Richmond Hill, NY, on June 12 for its monthly meeting. Members of the Long Island Auto Body Repairmen’s Association (LIABRA) were also in attendance.
During the meeting, members learned about the benefits of using a waste recycler, received updates on EPA/OSHA requirements, learned about OEM certification processes and received a demonstration from Car-O-Liner.
Beginning at 8 p.m., ABCG Executive Director Ed Kizenberger Jr. began the meeting by discussing the benefits of using a waste recycler.
“By using a waste recycler and keeping your waste to a minimum, the Department of Environmental Control (DEC) will consider you a small generator, a major advantage,” he said. “EPA requirements are changing, and all collision facilities are required to receive training on hazardous air pollution reduction. Collision repair facilities can fulfill EPA requirements by taking the Hazardous Airborne Pollutant Reduction (HAP01) I-CAR online training program.
“Facilities have up to three years to meet the new rule, and the EPA requires that training be completed every five years. New facilities must meet the requirements within 180 days of opening. In addition to staying in compliance with the new rule, those who complete this program will learn how to use less refinishing material, reduce the amount of waste during the refinishing and clean-up processes, increase the life of spray booth filters with less overspray and may increase credibility with environmentally conscious customers. The Hazardous Airborne Pollutant Reduction (HAP01) I-CAR online training program takes only 60 minutes to complete and once completed, a certificate can be printed and used as proof of completion of the training. Online training is also a tool to help earn and keep the Gold Class Professionals and Platinum Individual designations.”
After reminding members to ensure they provide all safety equipment required by OSHA, including properly fitted respirators and an eyewash station, ABCG’s executive director introduced LIABRA Executive Director Ed Kizenberger Sr., who asked attendees whether any insurance adjusters had tried to download information from their customers on board black boxes.