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Why do shops and schools need CCAR products such as HazmatU anyway?

  • To stay compliant.  This means to stay legal.  To do what the law says must be done.

  • To protect the human being who works on and around hazardous materials and/or equipment

  • To protect the environment

  • To do the right thing for the school or company they own or work for.  This is a personal commitment much like the defense of our country.  All should feel the need to take care of our environment and each other.

  • To promote the right standards to others.  CCAR® sees it as not only okay, but important that schools or businesses who participate promote themselves and lead the way as safe places to go, places that also deeply care about the environment.  Promotion of the right things adds to the professionalism of the automotive industry. 

Why is Environmental and Safety training so important for schools?

Schools must comply like any business.  The EPA and OSHA say so.  Most schools are not kept up to the minute on changing laws and rules.  Actually businesses may receive the information before schools do.

CCAR can provide the latest compliance information on Environmetnal Safety best practices for schools.  Lastly, isn’t it important for the automotive industry to reduce the risk of violations and injuries which are most common in younger entry level employees?

CCAR knows it is and by providing Environmental and Safety best practices actually helps reduce insurance claims, human suffering and prevent pollution by those most apt to be involved. 

Legally what does a shop have to do to stay in compliance with safety and environmental laws?

The number one thing a shop has to do is to have a plan.  You cannot wait until you have an environmental violation, injury, or crisis, such as a fire, and then try and come up with a plan.

The largest number of violations has to do with not having a plan and not keeping paperwork complete.  CCAR's online training shows you how to set up a written plan AND train all your people on the majority of day to day environmental and safety risks that are specific to your industry.

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1. Why do shops and schools need CCAR®'s products such as AutoEHS anyway?

  • To stay compliant. This means to stay legal. To do what the law says must be done.
  • To protect the human being who works on and around hazardous materials and/or equipment
  • To protect the environment
  • To do the right thing for the school or company they own or work for. This is a personal commitment much like the defense of our country. All should feel the need to take care of our environment and each other.
  • To promote the right standards to others. CCAR® sees it as not only okay, but important that schools or businesses who participate promote themselves and lead the way as safe places to go, places that also deeply care about the environment. Promotion of the right things adds to the professionalism of the automotive industry.

2. Why is Environmental & Safety Training so important for schools?

Schools must comply like any business. The EPA and OSHA say so. Most schools are not kept up to the minute on changing laws and rules. Actually businesses may receive the information before schools do. CCAR can provide the latest compliance information on Environmental and Safety issues for schools. Lastly, isn’t it important for the automotive industry to reduce the risk of violations and injuries which are most common in younger entry level employees? CCAR knows it is and by providing training to sponsored schools actually helps reduce insurance claims, human suffering and prevent pollution by those most apt to be involved.

3. Legally what does a shop have to do to stay in compliance with safety and environmental laws?

The number one thing a shop has to do is to have a plan. You cannot wait until you have an environmental violation, injury, or crisis, such as a fire, and then try and come up with a plan. The largest number of violations has to do with not having a plan and not keeping paperwork complete. AutoEHS online training shows you how to set up a written plan AND train all your people on the majority of day to day environmental and safety risks that are specific to your industry.

4. I cannot get logged into the training. What's wrong?

The most common reason is entering codes wrong. Make sure you are entering your last name, first initial, and zip code as your User ID. To log in to the AutoEHS Training, you must use your Store or School Account number as the Password. If you still cannot get logged in, try checking your Internet connection to make sure you are still connected to the internet.

5. How current is CCAR's environmental and safety information?

CCAR has staff who carefully watch federal laws on a regular basis, have contact with all 50 states and communicate with our liaisons at the EPA. The information on our site changes almost daily as laws and information change.

6. What is CCAR?

CCAR is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing pollution and improving safety in the automotive industry. CCAR was developed with the help of the United States EPA to increase knowledge on environmental issues within the automotive industry.

7. Is the AutoEHS Training available to automotive schools?

Yes, all of CCAR’s online training is available at a special rate to approved automotive career/technical schools. If you want to sign up your school right now, call us toll-free at 888-476-5465.

8. Who else is using AutoEHS?

CCAR helped to develop the industry standard of awareness in environmental and safety issues for automotive repair across the U.S. More than 6,000 repair facilities (including dealers and independent shops) and schools across the country have accessed CCAR training courses since being introduced in 2002. AutoEHS courses are offered in all 50 states, as well as in Canada.

9. Why do we have to train every year?

The LAW states that companies are responsible for not only maintaining compliance at the shop, but also for making sure all employees are trained in the hazards they face at the shop before working in a shop. For more information on this, see OSHA 29CFR 1910.1200(h)(1) and The OSHA Act of 1970. In many cases, this is simply not done, which is a major violation.

The law also requires ANNUAL training to make sure employees are up to date on changing compliance regulations. For more information on this, see OSHA 29CFR 1910.120(e)(8).

The AutoEHS courses are designed specifically for each industry segment (collision and paint, mechanical, etc.). These courses are not generic! They deal precisely with the majority of problems you run into every day.

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1. Who must be trained?

Under the DOT regulations (Title 49 Part 172.702) any employee defined as a hazmat employee is required to be trained. So, you ask, what is a hazmat employee? The definition is found in (Title 49 Part 171.8) and includes employees that:

  • Load, unload, or handle hazardous materials
  • Prepare, package, label or mark hazardous materials
  • Operate a vehicle used to transport hazardous materials

Now of course not all employees at your facility need to be DOT trained, but depending on who is responsible for different operations you may have to train more employees than you would like.

So for an automotive service facility, employees that need to be trained include:

  • Parts management – they oversee the transportation of hazmat
  • Parts shipping & receiving – they load & unload hazmat & might even prepare shipping papers

Additional employees that may need to be trained include:

  • Parts drivers – they may transport hazmat.
  • Service employees – they may prepare & package hazmat (take for example a battery being returned to the manufacturer. The service employee prepares the battery for shipment and may even place it in the shipping container
  • Service management – they may oversee hazmat employee operations and may sign for hazmat shipments with the disposal of their facilities wastes.

Supervisors must also be trained, even if the supervisor is not directly responsible for any of the responsibilities listed above. Indirectly, supervisors are responsible for their employees, and their employees’ hazmat related duties.

2. What training is required?

Details of training required per job function are determined by the hazmat employer. The DOT does, however, require certain categories of training.

    1. General Awareness Training: At a minimum, all hazmat employees must be given a general understanding of the entire hazardous materials transportation program, so that they know how their jobs fit into the system.
    2. Function-specific Training: Each employee (by job function) also must be trained on any requirements that he or she must meet in performing transportation-related duties.
    3. Safety Training: Persons handling or potentially exposed to hazardous materials during the cycle of transportation (drivers, loaders, loading dock workers, warehousemen, etc.) must be trained in safe handling and emergency response procedures applicable to the hazards to which they may be exposed.
    4. Security Awareness Training: Each hazmat employee must be trained to recognize and protect against potential terrorist threats involving hazardous material shipments.
    5. Security Plan Training: For operations that require a written security plan, each hazmat employee must also be trained in company security objectives, organizational structure and specific procedures, and responsibilities or actions required from them.
    6. Driver Training: In addition, specific requirements for training of hazardous materials drivers are found at 49 CFR Part 177 and Parts 350-399.

The first five categories are generally referred to as "hazmat employee" training.

3. How often must training be updated or repeated?

Hazmat employee training must be updated any time DOT issues any new or revised rule applicable to the duties of a particular employee [49 CFR 172.702(b)]. The training must be completed by each employee "prior to performance of a function affected by the new or revised rule" [61 FR 27169, May 30, 1996].

Hazmat employee training must be repeated in its entirety (not just updated or refreshed) at least every three years [49 CFR 172.704(c)(2)]. This "recurrent" training must include testing and formal recordkeeping. If an employee has not been re-trained within the past three years, that employee cannot perform any hazmat employee functions until trained.

4. Do I have to have hazardous materials training just to sign a manifest?

Yes. If a person is shipping an EPA-regulated hazardous waste, and that waste is required to be shipped on a manifest, then that material is subject to the DOT hazardous materials regulations. The manifest is the shipping paper, required in 49 CFR 172, Subpart C.

5. Where can I get labels, placards, markings and bills of lading?

Shipmate, our partner for this course, makes these materials available for purchase. Contact Shipmate at 1-310-370-3600.

6. Will this course certify us to ship UPS and FedEx?

Yes, this course teaches you how to "ground ship" with UPS and FedEx; however, in order to work with either company, you must complete an application and document your certification.

7. What is my shipper identification number?

There is not a "shipper identification number." A vehicle ID number is required on the Hazardous Materials shipping papers for the transporter.

8. Do you offer a 24-hour emergency hotline number?

We do not currently offer this service. You will need to contact an emergency response telephone contractor or your OEM to receive this service.

9. What is the Cost of Hazmat U Online Training?

A 1 year subscription for Hazmat U Online training is $299 making this training available to all employees of the purchasing location for less than $1 per day.

10. Do I Have to Complete the training in one sitting?

No, the subscription is for one year and employees may log out of the system as needed and upon return to the course begin where they left off.

11. If I Complete Surface Transportation training, am I able to ship by Air or Sea?

No, to be able to ship hazardous goods by air or sea, you must complete the Multi Modal (i.e. Sea & Air) Transportation of Automotive Hazardous Goods course.

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1. Who is CCAR?

The Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair (CCAR ® ), is a not-for-profit organization and the acknowledged North American leader for Environmental, Hazardous Material, and Safety training and resources for the automotive repair industry. CCAR ® has provided online training to more than 6,860 automotive related businesses and 1,900 schools in all 50 U.S. states, the Bahamas, and Canada. More than 11 million training tests have been taken by various industry segments, including schools and universities.

2. What is CCAR's Mission?

“The mission of CCAR is to provide consistent and compliant Safety, Pollution Prevention, and Hazmat training as well as Education and Environmental best practices for the global motor vehicle industry.”

3.Who Else is Using AutoEHS?

CCAR partnered with ShipMate, Inc. to offer AutoEHS training to the automotive industry. Since 2004, over 11 million training tests have been completed representing more than 500,000 users, of which almost 400,000 are school users – all of which have used CCAR courses for their safety training needs.

4. Who Else is Using Hazmat U?

Working together, CCAR®/ShipMate™ have created an automotive dealer training program that meets the DOT requirements for receiving, preparing, offering or transporting hazardous materials domestically by ground.  The program was officially launched at the NAAHAC Symposium on Sept. 29th , 2005.

Hazmat U is used by many of the following automotive manufacturers and suppliers:

Chrysler LLC  - MOPAR Parts Division, 
General Motors Corporation, 
Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., 
Hyundai Motor America, 
Kia Motors America, Inc., 
Mercedes-Benz USA,  
Mitsubishi Motor Sales America, 
Nissan North America, Inc., and 
Toyota Motor Sales.

5. What Other Programs Does CCAR Have?

CCAR- Green Link ® -the National Automotive Environmental Compliance Assistance Center , operated by CCAR ® in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA). We help businesses and persons engaged in automotive service, collision repair, parts and other sectors of the automotive industry to better understand their environmental responsibilities and achieve compliance with environmental program requirements.

Environmental Assistance Network (EAN) - assists with the environmental initiative of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. CCAR ® partners with Toyota to coordinate the EAN website and newsletter, which reach more than 1,400 Toyota and Lexus dealers around the U.S.

OSHA Alliance - The Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR ® ) formalized an Alliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to address worker safety and health issues in 2004. The Alliance not only highlights workplace vehicle safety, but also focuses on abrasive wheel machinery (including associated silica hazards), and ergonomics.

6. How Current is CCAR's environmental and safety information?

CCAR has staff who carefully watch federal laws on a regular basis and have contact with all 50 states. The information on our site changes almost daily as laws and information change.

7. How do I Contact a Representative for More Information?

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 Toll-free:888-476-5465888-476-5465888-686-4445 

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