ATTENTION ALL PAINT SHOPS!!!
Some of you may know that the DEADLINE for paint shop compliance to the HHHHHH rule (also known as rule 40) is Jan. 10, 2011. What you may not know is that pre-compliance Initial Notification of intent to comply was due to the EPA this past January (01/11/10). PPG has dedicated a page on their website to help you weed through and understand the nature of the rule: http://www.ppg.com/coatings/refinish/en/safetyhealth/Pages/RulesRegs.aspx. Exemption from the rule is possible, but verification and proof of product use would still be needed. If you have questions about the rule,
PPG and Ben’s stand ready to help you find the answers. Formal written notification of compliance with the rule needs to be submitted to the EPA by Mar. 10, 2011.
Ben’s, DeVilbiss and Iwata have also teamed up to help out. Click here to see our photo gallery.
The Iwata Co. has a simple summary to help you understand what’s going on. Depending on scheduling, Iwata may be able to hold a certification class for you in-shop, if you haven’t been able to attend one of the classes mentioned above earlier this year.
Matthews Paint users click here for Matthews advice
The EPA has a couple forms to help you:
You can fax the completed notification form to the Region IV EPA office in Atlanta at 404-562-9095.
If you have questions and would like to talk to an EPA representative directly, contact Paul Wagner at 404-562-9100, or Lee Page at 404-562-9131. There is also a special website set up for the collision industry www.epa.gov/collisionrepair
If you use Aquabase or Envirobase HP waterborne basecoats, you stand a much better chance of exemption.
Read the following notices from PPG: