Reduce Exposure to Air Toxics in Collision Repair Shops
Health impacts from collision repair activities
- Particulate matter (PM)
- Asthma, heart attacks, bronchitis, premature mortality
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Asthma and bronchitis
- Hazardous air pollutants (HAP, also known as air toxics), including lead, chromium and cadmium
- Neurotoxicity, lung cancer
- A leading attributable cause of occupational asthma; skin and lung sensitization
- Irritation, headache, nausea, liver, kidney, nervous system damage
- Through implementing best practices, which include installing and maintaining control equipment and using safer paints and solvents, toxic exposures are expected to be reduced by 90 percent.
- Shop owners also will reduce paint and solvent costs, as well as related hazardous waste disposal costs through this program.
- The Campaign creates better environmental stewards, happier and healthier community neighbors and improves worker safety and health.
- The Campaign will also better prepare the industry to comply with a federal rule designed to reduce auto body emissions.