Sunday, 30 September 2007 17:00

Santa Clara CAA Trade Faire Features BASF Seminar

California is playing by new rules. The state’s new VOC regulations are requiring the changeover from solvent based to waterborne paints in more and more counties. Prior to Trade Faire, BASF hosted a free seminar to explain to attendees the new VOC regulations and their impact on auto body businesses that will be converting in the near future. 

Victor Douglas, Senior Air Quality Engineer, Rule Development Section, of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) is the staff lead on developing amendments to  District Rule 8-45, the rule that addresses auto body refinishing operations. “We are planning to adopt the San Joaquin District SCM, Suggested Control Measures which will require some products to go waterborne,” Douglas said.

The goal of BAAQMD is to have the new processes in place by 2009--2010.  Before any SCM’s are adopted by BAAQMD, Douglas plans a series of workshops with collision repairers in the Bay Area to discuss the draft control measure. “We want input from the industry,” Douglas advised. The  BASF-sponsored Waterborne Clinic at the Trade Faire was the first time that BAAQMD had an opportunity to meet with the industry.  Douglas said that they will be looking forward to open dialogue and working with the shops.    

Kathy Mello, CFO at TGIF Body Shop 

in Fremont, California, spoke with event coordinator Janet Chaney after the presentation.  "This is information that our industry needs to know.   Waterborne technology, lower VOC's, is already law in Southern California and is moving into to our area.    Helping to preserve clean air and give our employees a better work environment is the right thing to do,"  said Kathy Mello. " I believe that there will be a savings of time, as well."

After going through several inspections, TGIF Body shop has earned Green Business status as a result of their implementation of environmentally friendly processes.  The team at TGIF is eager and looking forward to transitioning to waterborne as a major step to further those efforts.  The mindset is that we need to embrace this positive change with good product, vendor support and training."

The Santa Clara chapter of the CAA hosted California 300 collision repairers Trade Faire. Over 50 vendors displayed their products, presenting the latest in equipment, estimating and paint technology.

Following the BASF clinic, attendees. CAA Santa Clara chapter vice president Randy Greenblat, Auto Collision Center, Daly City explained: “We are very pleased with this year’s Trade Faire. It was a great crowd. We have in in the evening so technicians, owners, office staff – everyone – can come to the show.”
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