GLRPPR Sector Resource: Auto Body Shop Improves Work Environment by Going Green
Auto Body Shop Improves Work Environment by Going Green
Auto mechanics can be exposed to lead, solvents, acids and other toxics during their work day. This case study describes work undertaken at Mike's Auto Body to reduce these exposures by reducing their use of toxic chemicals and materials, with assistance from the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance(OTA) and Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI). In 2014, OTA visited the Fall River shop and staff pointed out the opportunities for switching to safer alternatives to the toxic chemicals found in wheel wash, spray gun wash, brake cleaner, degreaser, and lead wheel weights. The staff at Mike's Auto Body was enthusiastically open to trying these methods to improve safety for their workers and their environment. The shop received a TURI grant in 2015 to purchase safer alternatives for wheel weights, spray gun and brake cleaning chemicals, general degreasing, and wheel cleaning.
Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) UMASS Lowell
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