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Pit Stops Guidebook & Workshops

Organization(s) Connecticut Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description The CT DEP Office of Pollution Prevention (P2), with funding from EPA, has revised and enhanced its Pit Stops Fact Sheets for the vehicle services industry to provide up-to-date information about regulations and P2 relevant to this sector. The P2 Office worked with staff from regulatory programs to develop the new fact sheets and present the material in two training sessions. The new Pit Stops guidebook contains 24 fact sheets in a spiral bound book. Other materials developed included a one-page laminated checklist that can be used by the business owner as a quick reference to gauge compliance with certain regulations. The checklist references the fact sheets for additional information. DEP publicized the workshops to approximately 5,000 licensed vehicle-related facilities in CT, including auto body and repair shops, used and new vehicle dealerships, towing companies, and some vocational-technical schools. The P2 Office also worked with stakeholder organizations, particularly the Connecticut Auto Retailers Association (CAR), in identifying areas of interest for the workshops. DEP held two, three-hour workshops in June 2004. The first, co-sponsored by CAR, attracted 95 of their members. The second workshop, held in the evening for non-CAR members, attracted 86 people. At this workshop, there was also a vendor show featuring environmentally preferable products and services. The format of the two workshops was the same: Attendees received a package containing the guidebook, the laminated checklist, and a case study on aqueous parts washers. Inspectors from the DEP Waste, Water, and Air Bureaus, using the checklist as a training tool, conducted the workshop with P2 staff. "Before and after" quizzes were given to participants to assess the effectiveness of the training. Data was also collected from the participants so that P2 staff will be able to do phone follow-ups in September 2004 to see if the participants have implemented any of the information presented at the workshops. Initial and follow-up data will be entered into the NEWMOA metrics database.

Project Contact
Name Judy Prill
Phone 860-424-3694
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmental Management Systems, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Industrial Sectors Auto Body, Auto Repair
Activity Keywords New publication, Training/workshops
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 14 No. 2, Fall 2004


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