CCAR launches a new complimentary AGM Battery Safety course

May 11, 2017 – CCAR (The Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair) is pleased to announce the launch of a new online Safety course focused on Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries. The course – developed by CCAR and ShipMate, Inc. – is the first in a series of complimentary online safety courses resulting from CCAR’s agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) Alliance partner program.
“More than 20 million vehicles in the U.S. alone are now utilizing an AGM battery” said CCAR’s President, Charles E. Ayers. “AGM batteries have been installed in vehicles since the 1990s and are commonly found in most of today’s hybrid vehicles as well as in many vehicles that use stop/start technology”.
AGM batteries typically provide higher cranking power and reserve capacity as compared with traditional flood-acid (FLA) batteries. They are labeled as “non-spillable” and are often mounted in non-traditional locations (such as in the trunk of the vehicle). Because they are sealed they should NOT be charged using conventional FLA battery chargers.
The online AGM Battery Safety course is being offered on a complimentary basis. To sign-up and access the course, please visit or call CCAR at 888/476-5465. Those who complete the course and pass the final exam are offered a certificate of completion.
About OSHA
Under the Occupational Safety and Health act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA’s role is to promote the safety and health of America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships and encouraging continual process improvement in the workplace for safety and health.  For additional information, visit
About CCAR
CCAR was established in 1994 as a non-profit organization that works internationally with the automotive industry, original equipment manufacturers, career and technical schools, collision and automotive repair shops, governments, municipalities and other organizations to provide best practices information and training.
In addition to OSHA, CCAR provides training programs to address Hazardous Materials Handling requirements as outlined by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to keep automotive shop employees and students properly trained, safe and in compliance with current regulations.  For more information, visit
About ShipMate
ShipMate, Inc. works with clients to help resolve their most demanding dangerous goods transportation, environmental management and safety issues. ShipMate provides creative ideas and cost effective solutions to resolve and manage their many compliance challenges.
The CCAR and ShipMate online courses offered now include:

  • Surface Transportation of Automotive Hazardous Materials (available in English and Spanish)
  • Surface Transportation of Automotive Dangerous Goods – Canada (available in English and French)
  • Multimodal Transportation of Automotive Dangerous Goods (available in English and Spanish)
  • Transport of Automotive Hazardous Materials for Managers
  • Transport of Automotive Hazardous Materials for Service Technicians
  • Transport of Automotive Hazardous Materials for Parts Technicians & Analysts
  • Transport of Automotive Hazardous Materials for Drivers
  • GHS Hazard Communication Standard; and
  • A full suite of automotive safety courses

For more information, please visit or contact CCAR at 888/476-5465 or at

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