Auto body and paint shops have the potential to release pollutants to the environment and adversely effect workplace health and safety. If you are a shop operator, you can significantly reduce environmental impacts, improve shop efficiency and reduce operating costs, and improve work place health and safety by making simple changes in your shop practices.

Reduce Waste and Emissions, Improve Compliance, and Save Money 

The pollution prevention strategies and best management practices listed below can help you comply with environmental regulations by reducing smog forming air emissions, reducing and properly managing hazardous waste, and eliminating contaminated storm water releases. Implementing these practices can help save labor, materials and hazardous waste disposal costs, and reduce the potential for environmental violations and fines.

Strategies to reduce waste and emissions generated by shop activities: 

♦ Minimizing Paint Waste
♦ Paint Spray Gun Cleaning
♦ Solvent Recycling
♦ Waterborne Coatings
Sanding Waste Management
Hazardous Waste Management
Wastewater Management
Safer Alternative Thinners, Cleanup Materials, Coatings and Sanding Methods in the Autobody Industry

Health and Safety  

♦ Health and Safety Resources

P2 Assessment

Pollution Prevention and Compliance Opportunities Checklist for Auto Body and Paint
Assess your shop processes for opportunities to reduce waste and emissions.

Pollution Prevention Opportunities Checklist for Vehicle Maintenance Activities
This identifies/suggests many opportunities for pollution prevention/minimization in various aspects of your facility operations.

Training Videos and Fact Sheets are available in English & Spanish.


Who can I contact for more information?

If you have questions, please contact the DTSC Regulatory Assistance Officer at 1-800-728-6942 or