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Wednesday, 21 December 2011 21:18

NWLCRA Hosts Marine Corps, Environmental Safety Company at November Meeting

The Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association held their November monthly meeting at the Country Tavern Barbecue in Shreveport, LA on November 1 at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting’s guest speakers were Sgt. Juan Arias with the United States Marine Corps and Bill Easterling with Environmental Risk Management and Safety. Bill Burnside, Secretary Treasurer for the NWLCRA, introduced Sgt. Juan Arias, the Toys for Tots Coordinator for the United States Marine Corps.

Arias thanked the NWLCRA for helping with the Toys for Tots drive this year. The Marines have been involved with the Toys for Tots for over 60 years. They pick up toys from organizations and businesses all over the United States and deliver them to the Salvation Army. The toys are then delivered to children all over the United States to ensure children can have a happy Christmas. This is a Marine Reserve function, but Active Marines can participate. The goal is to collect as many new, unwrapped toys for girls and boys as possible. December 18 was the last day for individuals, organizations, and businesses to deliver the toys to the Marines. Starting November 1, Marines set up at local Wal-Mart’s to collect toys. Last year they collected over 4,000 toys.

If any business wants to participate, the Marines will come to your location and set up a collection box. Once they are filled, they will pick up the toys. To have your business host a “Toy Drive”, contact Arias by phone at (318) 747-0795 or e-mail him at

This is a very important cause and the NWLCRA helped this year by having everyone attending their Christmas Party bring an unwrapped, new toy for a boy or girl.  A Marine was also at the party to collect these gifts.

The meeting’s next guest speaker was Bill Easterling with Environmental Risk Management and Safety. He talked about the changes on the regulation of personal protective equipment (PPE). He said that employers are responsible for providing PPE for all employees. The employer is NOT responsible for providing items that would be considered normal wear, i.e., boots, prescription classes, etc.

A business can now be cited for each instance of a violation, not just a single violation. If you have 4 employees that are not wearing safety glasses in an area where safety glasses are required, the business will be cited for ALL 4 instances, not just 1 citation for safety glasses.

He also stated that a decision has been made that states penalties have been too low in the past to be a proper deterrent, so now a business will have more citations with higher fines when that business has violations.

He provided a hand-out from attorney Mark Lies, with Seyfarth Shaw Attorneys, that outlines this OSHA change. Mr. Easterling discussed the proper disposal of waterborne paint related waste and the standard operating procedure. He outlined how a business should determine if the waste is hazardous or non-hazardous. Waterborne paint waste CANNOT be disposed of in the city sewer OR discharged to the environment. It must be picked up by a waste hauler for disposal.

Next, he discussed the paint booth filter testing. He said that used paint booth filters must be handled as hazardous waste unless they have been tested and found to be non-hazardous. He said that usually it is cheaper to have the filters tested instead of handling them as hazardous waste. Documentation of the tests results MUST be kept on file for verification. He had multiple hand-outs for everything he discussed and a copy of these hand-outs can be found by visiting the NWLCRA website.

The NWLCRA will hold their next meeting on January 3, 2012 and will be a night meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Country Tavern Barbecue.

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