Friday, 31 December 2004 17:00

DRPs to complete environmental and safety-training courses

Oil, antifreeze and paint. An auto body repair facility can create more than 200 gallons of potentially hazardous waste each year. Where do these by-products of the body shop business go? 

Allstate is asking the more than 3,200 auto body repair facilities across the country that participate in its direct repair program to complete an auto body specific environmental and safety-training program. Specifically, the company is encouraging its direct repair facilities to complete the non-profit Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair's Safety and Pollution Prevention (S/P2) training. S/P2 is an online training program that focuses on safety and environmental issues specific to the repair industry, including proper material handling and disposal.

"Allstate provides first-class service to our customers. We work closely with repairers to help ensure the quality of repairs and customer service provided to our customers and claimants," said Jim Murray, Allstate assistant vice president for claims. "A clean, safe work environment is good for repairers, the community and creates an atmosphere that promotes quality and customer service."

As always, Allstate says it will continue to honor the choice of repair facility by customers and claimants.

Murray says most auto body repair facilities are cautious and conscientious when it comes to protecting the environment, but he says Allstate is taking a stand on the environment.

In addition to basic environmental issues, Allstate says the new training can also help repairers by improving overall safety inside shops by preventing unnecessary employee illnesses, injuries and dangerous situations that could lead to fires or explosions in repair facilities.

According to Allstate, new environmental standards strengthen the power of its referral program for those customers that request help in choosing a repair facility.


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