New Website Launch for CCAR – Auto Safety, HazMat Testing & Information

Charlie Ayers, president of the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) announced the launch of a new website. CCAR currently serves hundreds of affiliates, thousand of users worldwide and sees millions of automotive safety and hazmat tests administered each year. In this past fiscal year alone, which ended in September, 2011 CCAR saw in excess of four million tests passed.

The new website at www.ccar- provides for a much needed face lift, a new platform allowing for ease of updating and the ability to provide greater access to information and product through blogs and other social channels.

The new site showcases the safe, clean and green philosophy that is CCAR. So green in fact, that the website itself is hosted on servers that are powered by wind. “It’s not just empty words about the environment for us here at CCAR,” says Ayers.

“Wind turbines generate the power to run our website and safety, cleanliness and care for our environment are at the core of our product offering. From automotive hazardous waste training to safety and pollution with our S/P2 training, to the actual awarding of “GreenLink Status” to collision and automotive repair shops around the country.”

CCAR Executive Director Daren Fristoe explains, “Automotive repair and collision shops can apply to earn ‘GreenLink’ shop status through CCAR and once approved, can display the designation to customers on counters, in windows and on their websites. This has been shown to increase traffic and sales from environmentally conscious potential customers,” he added. CCAR provides all the collateral material for display once a shop has earned the GreenLinkstatus.

Established in 1994, the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that works – internationally in scope – with the automotive industry, the insurance industry, OEM’s, career and technical schools, collision and automotive repair shops, governments, municipalities and other organizations to provide best practice information and training, and to measure improvements related to:

  • Pollution Prevention (P2).
  • Safety for all who repair or maintain vehicles as a profession, as well as those who work in related businesses.
  • Reduction of lost workdays due to accidents or job-related health issues.
  • Decreases in costs and liability exposure.
  • Reduction in costs of training in these areas.

CCAR has earned an exclusive alliance with the following United States Government entities:

  • EPA: Since 1995, CCAR has operated “CCAR-GreenLink®,” the National Environmental Compliance Assistance Center for Automotive Repair, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This free, web-based service provides a wide range of compliance and best practices information specifically for the auto repair industry.
  • OSHA: CCAR’s “Alliance” agreement with the US Department of Labor (DOL), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), works to develop best practices for those who work on or around vehicles to help protect employees’ health and safety. The agreement was first sign in 2004 and has been renewed every two years since.
  • DOT: At the request of the North American Automotive Hazmat Action Committee, a group of regulatory compliance specialists representing the major automotive manufacturers in North America, CCAR helped develop “HazmatU” an e-learning program for automotive dealers to address U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) training requirements for the shipment of hazardous materials.

In addition, CCAR provides the “S/P2” e-learning program in Safety and Pollution Prevention for the auto repair industry. HazmatU information is available at – To learn more about CCAR, visit www.ccar-

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