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Auto body shop

There are several state and federal regulations affecting auto body shops in Wisconsin. Among these is the EPA’s area source rule for paint stripping and miscellaneous surface coating operations. To help newly regulated shops comply, the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) developed a comprehensive self-certification checklist and other tools to help the industry understand these and other existing regulations.

Air regulations

State air regulations

EPA Regulations

Submitting the notification of compliance status form

There is an example form for the Notification of Compliance Status For Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations [DOC]. However, any shop that has not submitted the Notification of Compliance Status form yet, or any new shops, must now file it electronically with EPA through their Electronic Reporting Tool (ERT). For more information on how to register for EPA's electronic reporting system and filing compliance reports, go to https://www3.epa.gov/ttnchie1/ert/.

For additional information on the rule, go to the air regulations page and select the Federal regulations tab Scroll down to 1/9/08 under Area Source Standards

Waste regulations

Waste regulations

Environmental results program

The DNR and the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) collaborated with the Small Business Environmental Assistance programs in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin to develop an Environmental Results Program (ERP) for the auto body refinishing shops in these U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 states.

WDNR was awarded a State Innovation Grant by EPA to conduct the Auto Body ERP in partnership with the other Region 5 states. The ERP project involved measuring environmental performance at shops to learn the areas where additional assistance was needed for the shops to understand how to comply with state and federal rules. The final Grant Report to EPA Region 5 summarized the results of the effort to measure environmental performance among auto body shops in Region 5 states. The study found that 18 out of 25 measures showed statistically significant improvement in performance on the EPA auto body rule. For more details, read the final grant report: Region 5 States Environmental Results Program for Autobody Refinishing Shops.

Shop compliance checklist packets and training

The state SBEAPs developed a common checklist with state specific tips on how to know whether your shop is in compliance with EPA's rule as well as state air, waste and water requirements. Completing the first part of the checklist (all "EPA - Rule" sections) will help you assess whether you have met all the requirements in EPA's rule. For materials referenced in the checklist for other states go to the state program links below. Additional materials helpful to shops in any state are provided on this page, including resources for painter training.

Materials to help you complete the self-certification checklist
Using the self-certification checklist

Printable copies of the self-certification checklist are available the individual states linked below, and they are available in both Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF versions.

Illinois

For regulatory information, go to the Illinois SBEAP page on Autobody and Spraycoating.

Indiana

Visit IDEM's Collision Repair/Auto Refinishing Shops page for more information on Indiana specific requirements.

Michigan

Review information on topics such as air pollution, waste management, wastewater at Michigan's Environmental Assistance Center web page: Automotive collision repair facilities.

Minnesota

To learn more about any of the regulations affecting auto body refinishing shops in Minnesota, go to their webpage: SBEAP industry sector: Automotive - body shop and vehicle maintenance

Ohio

Review information on Regulations for Auto Repair and Auto Body Refinishing Shops related to air pollution, waste, wastewater, among others.

The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority's Clean Air Resource Center offers financial resources for shops that need help to install pollution control equipment like a spray booth with high efficiency collection devices

Wisconsin

Concerned about whether you meet OSHA requirements in your shop?

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Training

Training resources

  • Virtual Collision Repair Shop
  • Watch the EPA training video to learn more about the rule and satisfy one of the training elements required in the rule. If you need the video in Spanish, contact the Small Business program at DNR and a DVD will be mailed to you that has both English and Spanish versions of the video.

Painter training resources

These resources can help a shop demonstrate compliance with the training requirements in the EPA Area Source Rule described in the Air Regulations tab on this page

Last revised: Friday July 12 2019