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Autobody Repair Sector Industry-Government Partnership. Shiv K. SudJohn Norris Ontario Ministry of the EnvironmentCollision Industry Action Group Toronto, Ontario, CanadaHamilton, Ontario, Canada 416-314-7936 sudsh@ene.gov.on.ca905-662-9499 ciag@icom.ca.

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Autobody Repair SectorIndustry-Government Partnership

Shiv K. SudJohn Norris

Ontario Ministry of the EnvironmentCollision Industry Action Group

Toronto, Ontario, CanadaHamilton, Ontario, Canada

416-314-7936 sudsh@ene.gov.on.ca905-662-9499 ciag@icom.ca


Award-winning Industry-Government Partnership

  • Ontario P4 Leadership Award

  • Recycling Council of Ontario Award

  • Hamilton-Wentworth Gold Environmental Commitment Award

  • Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment Award

  • Individual facilities have won numerous P2 awards


Award-winning Autobody Repair Shops

  • Kelly Autobody, Hamilton

  • Canadian Auto Collision, Brantford

  • Hawley Collision Center, Mississauga

  • 427 Collision, Toronto


Autobody Repair Sector Overview

  • 8,000 facilities in Canada

  • 2,800 facilities in Ontario

  • Small one-man operation to larger facilities with 25 or more employees

  • Average shop has 4.4 employees

  • 1.2 million vehicles or vehicle parts painted each year in Ontario


Sector Overview (continued)

  • Difficult to reach with environmental information and compliance assistance

  • Lack of acceptance of “command and control” approaches

  • Underground or “backyard” activity

  • Lack of consistent enforcement - often complaint driven

  • Shop owners lack capital


Environmental Impacts

  • VOC emissions

    • precursor to urban smog

    • second largest source from commercial/industrial coating facilities

    • 6,000 tonnes in Ontario

  • Odour complaints

  • Improper disposal of paints and solvents

    • millions of liters unaccounted for

  • Plastics and metal wastes


P2 Solutions

  • Use of lower VOC coating products

  • Use of more efficient spray equipment

  • Solvent management practices

  • Equipment maintenance and materials handling

  • Mandatory education and training program


Solutions (CCME) in the New “C of A’s”:

  • Use of high-efficiency Spray Guns (Dec 31, 2002)

  • Test cap to determine proper air volume / pressure of Spray Guns

  • Code of Practice & Check List for Good Practice (Dec 31, 2002)

  • Training & certification by Dec 31, 2002


Partnership: Progress-to-date

  • 15 Profitability Workshops (1,500 attended)

    • emphasis on Improved bottom line with good environmental management

    • award-winning shop owners as feature speakers

    • case studies and testimonials highlighted

  • Workshops have been industry organized and led

    • Government participation in non-regulatory role

    • Suppliers and coatings firms participation

  • Profitability Workbook available free on Internet


Partnership: Current Plans

  • A multi-stakeholder MOU under negotiation

    • VOCs reduction commitment

      • 45% reduction target by 2015

    • P2 planning for all emissions

    • Streamlined permit approvals

  • A comprehensive Training Program

    • including training needed to meet mandatory P2 Planning requirements of proposed Toronto sewer use by-law

  • Program being expanded to other provinces


Developing a Co-Operative Agreement or M.O.U.:

  • MoE Certificate of Approval requirements

  • MoE Air Emissions Regulation reporting

  • Toronto Sewer Use By-law

  • Modified Licensing (possible – Toronto & Hamilton

  • Development of a computerized solvent library

  • Anti-Smog Action Plan Reporting


Developing a Co-Operative Agreement or M.O.U. (cont.):

  • Development of Internet-based training

  • Apprenticeship training program through community colleges

  • Shop environmental audit program

  • Issuance of Annual Progress Report and Case Studies

  • Industry self-management (CISCO) considerations for compliance


A “One Window” Approach is Required for Industry

  • Otherwise, Shop owners / managers will be overwhelmed by recent municipal & provincial requirements

    • No time for non-regulatory initiatives

    • Complicates (a barrier to) compliance

  • Industry, Environment Canada, MoE, Approvals Branch & City of Toronto have met:

    • How avoid duplication?

    • How simplify for Industry?


Oxegen as a “One Window” Solution:

  • International Environmental Systems’ (Toronto, Melbourne) – www.oxegen.com

  • Internet based “platform”

  • Compliance & Profitability tool developed for SME’s

  • Flexible – P2, EMS, Health & Safety, Profitability, ISO14001

  • Cost effective & Simple

  • Industry specific


Oxegen as Potential “One Window” Solution (cont.):

  • Meets “One Window” requirement

  • Pilot scheduled for end of June (15 shops)

  • Cooperative, solution based approach taken by I.E.S.

  • A potential “win/win/win” for shops, Industry Associations, and all levels of government


What has made the Partnership work?

  • Association leadership and champion

  • Involvement and support of key stakeholders

  • Government’s willingness to try non-regulatory approach

  • Profitability and P2 hand-in-hand

  • Partnership allows industry to proactively work with government in resolving future needs and issues


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