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OSHA Resources for Collision Repair

Date posted: September 16, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: OSHA

  Workers in auto body shops are potentially exposed to a variety of chemical and physical hazards. Chemical hazards may include volatile organics from paints, fillers and solvents; diisocyanates, polyisocyanates, and hexavalent chromium from spray painting operations; silica from sandblasting operations; dusts from sanding; and metal fumes from welding and cutting. Physical hazards include repetitive stress and other ergonomic injuries, noise, lifts, cutting tools, and oil and grease on walking surfaces. Many workers are unaware of the potential hazards in their work environment, which makes them more vulnerable to injury. The information provided by OSHA aids in recognizing and controlling some of


AGM batteries; what’s all the fuss?

Date posted: September 11, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: OSHA

  The following is a re-post of an article that appeared in on 9/1/15; Are you charging and testing your customers’ batteries using the same equipment you were just a few years ago? If so, you may cause irreversible damage by using the wrong charger, and you may needlessly condemn a perfectly good battery by using an incorrect testing regimen. As automotive manufacturers incorporate new fuel-saving features to try to meet NHTSA’s 2025 CAFE standard of 54.5 MPG, in many cases the construction of even seemingly simple components such as batteries has changed, and they now require more care


HazmatU Updates Announced

Date posted: August 19, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: DOT, Press Releases

  Aug. 18, 2015 – CCAR (The Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair) and ShipMate, Inc. are pleased to share with our members news of numerous updates that have been completed within the suite of our online HazmatU training courses. Highlights include: New Proper Shipping Names including Safety Devices, electrically initiated and Safety Devices, pyrotechnic; Fuel Cell Cartridges; Fuel Cell Cartridges Packed with Equipment; Fuel Cell Cartridges Contained in Equipment; Lithium Metal Batteries; Lithium Ion Batteries Changes to Explosive Registration Number documentation requirements Enhanced Graphics Updated Quizzes and Certification Exam Courses can now be viewed on portable devices (e.g., smartphones and tablets)


New EPA Underground Storage Tank (UST) rule

Date posted: August 3, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: EPA

  Effective October 13, 2015, a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule sets updated requirements for underground storage tanks (USTs) aimed at improving leak prevention and detection. EPA’s actions should also serve to promote tank regulation uniformity across the U.S., close regulatory gaps, update technologies and incorporate the secondary containment and operator training requirements required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. EPA’s new rules preserve prior exclusions for lift cylinders and wastewater tanks. For more information provided by the EPA, please click here.


Employer facing $63K penalty; lack of Hazmat training cited

Date posted: July 9, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: DOT

    A Hayward, CA employer has been cited with $63K in fines relating to their handling of 12v lithium batteries. In a press release posted on 6/2/15, it was announced that CTC Battery has been cited for a single shipment of four (4) batteries that allegedly did not include required shipping papers and the package was not marked, labeled, or packaged according to Hazardous Materials Regulations. While any news relating to Hazardous Materials catches our eye here at CCAR, it was the following quote from the press release that really stood out for us; “The company also allegedly failed


CCAR announces website enhancements

Date posted: July 7, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: DOT, Press Releases

  Arlington Heights, IL — July 7, 2015 – CCAR, the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair — and ShipMate, Inc. — are pleased to announce significant enhancements on their website, Subscribers can now sign up or renew their HazMatU memberships online, 24/7/365.   CCAR provides tailored information and resources for OEM dealers, collision repair centers, schools and mechanical service centers. Airbag modules are classified as hazardous materials by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as well as by Transport Canada (TC). Eleven vehicle manufacturers are involved in the Takata airbag recall, affecting more than 30 million vehicles in North


CCAR congratulates SkillsUSA Automotive Service Technology winners

Date posted: June 29, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: Press Releases

    CCAR was honored to once again be chosen to lead Judging stations for the SkillsUSA National competition, held last week in Louisville, KY. Here are the names and schools of the Automotive Service Technology Medalists, pictured above with (AST co-chair) Jill Saunders of Toyota Motor Sales; HIGH SCHOOL Jonathan Ball (Aberdeen, WA) — Gold Shawn Deel (Wilmington, DE) — Silver Alex Marneris (Orland Park, IL) — Bronze COLLEGE Thomas Hahn (Joliet, IL) — Gold Forrest Powers (Laconia, NH) — Silver Hunter Pauloski (LaCrosse, WI) — Bronze The SkillsUSA Championships is considered the largest single day of corporate volunteerism


1,057 MPG!!

Date posted: June 19, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: Uncategorized

    Here at CCAR, we have not been bashful when it comes to our support of Northern Illinois University. Two (2) of our staff members are NIU graduates, and Professor Tim Aurand is an esteemed member of our Board of Directors.   A little while ago a team from NIU entered the prestigious SAE Supermileage Competition at the Eaton Corp. Marshall Proving Grounds in Marshall, MI. The team came in third place after achieving a remarkable 1,057 miles per gallon! What follows is the text from the NIU blog site (found at; Go Huskies!!   The competition is based on


NHTSA advisory focuses on avoiding pedal error crashes

Date posted: June 2, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: NHTSA

  The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued on Friday a safety advisory and consumer video warning of the risk of pedal error crashes when drivers mistake the accelerator for the brake pedal. These crashes can be very serious and present safety risks to vehicle occupants, and surrounding motorists, pedestrians and property. Information is available on NHTSA’s YouTube channel, SaferCarTV, at While drivers use the brake almost a million times each year – usually with no problem – a NHTSA study shows that these preventable crashes occur up to 16,000 times per year in the U.S.


Drive Safe this Memorial Day Weekend

Date posted: May 22, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: NHTSA

    With the long Memorial Day weekend upon us, many media outlets are reporting that Americans are taking road trips in record numbers. To help our readers to remain focused on staying safe, clean, and green we offer the following suggestions from our colleagues at the National Highway Safety Transportation Authority (NHTSA).   Basic Safety Check – Regular maintenance like tune-ups, battery checks and tire rotations go a long way to help with preventing breakdowns. In addition to keeping your car maintenance current, be sure to check your vehicle’s tire pressure, wiper blades, fluid levels, lights and air conditioning