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Arkansas Tech – Ozark Continue “Going Green Initiatives”


The Collision Repair Technology program at Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus hosted a workshop entitled, “National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.”

Individuals attending the workshop learned more about the upcoming regulations for controlling air emissions from paint stripping and other surface coating operations as prescribed by the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.

Stan Hatcher, Collision Repair Technology program chair said, “We are dedicated to reaching out to the region’s body shops to provide them the knowledge to become in compliance with Arkansas regulations.”

The workshop was designed for area sources involved in paint stripping, auto body refinishing operations and spray coating applications of any coatings containing compounds of chromium, lead, manganese, nickel or cadmium.

Area body shops were pleased to have the workshop close to home, with approximately 50 in attendance to learn about the regulations which were put into place in 2008. This rule requires many important changes to these types of facilities, such as the following requirements:

  • Affected facilities must ensure and certify that all new and existing personnel who spray surface coatings are trained. Minimum training requirements are defined in the regulation.
  • All shops need to have a filtered spray booth, and all spraying of coatings would need to be done in the spray booth or in a similar filtered enclosure, such as a prep station.
  • All spraying of coatings need to be done with an HVLP spray gun, or one with equivalent transfer efficiency.
  • All shops need to have an enclosed spray gun cleaner.

The deadline to train and certify all personnel who spray surface coatings is no later than 180 after hiring or by January 10, 2010.

Pictured is Scott Ward, Refinish Specialists Inc. facilitator from Owasso, Oklahoma.