July 15, 2008
Every autobody, auto collision or auto refinishing facility in Ontario that spraypaints vehicles or parts of vehicles is required to possess a valid Ontario Ministry of Environment Certificate of Approval (Air). This Certificate, often called a CofA, identifies that the air emissions from the shop and at the edge of the property are within specific standards.
A valid Certificate is required for a shop, that is using solventbase OR waterborne paints, if converting to waterborne or any other low-VOC paint product and is also required for any shop that is installing a new booth or making major changes to their current booth that will change their emissions. Shops, that do not yet have any approvals, can apply for a Certificate for both product lines at the same time.
Shops in Ontario, can now take advantage of a new screening tool being piloted by the collision repair trade association in co-operation with the Ontario Ministry of Environment that makes obtaining this mandatory Certificate easier, faster and less expensive.
Because all the calculations needed for emissions reporting are included in the screening tool, the hiring of an engineer or consultant and their costs, can now be a thing of the past for most shops.
A one-page list of questions now replaces the 64-page guide and 51-page interpretation manual.
Application processing is dramatically improved in this new process with the goal of a 6-8 week approval window, compared to many months or even years in the old process.
A required training program that can be taken at the shop or at home is also required and can be completed in a couple of hours.
To get your shop started on the road to legal compliance and better environmental excellence, please call the collision repair trade association at 1 866 309 4272 or firstname.lastname@example.org