PPRC focuses on reducing toxics at their sources. Source reduction provides environmental protection that effectively reduces both pollution and businesses’ costs. Preventing pollution at the source prevents harmful downstream exposures and costly cleanups. PPRC has been at the forefront of developing partnerships that serve to reduce toxics in processes and products while also improving economic vitality. Here are some of the current projects we are involved with:
- Safer Alternatives for the Automotive Industry: Resources to help automotive shops use safer chemicals and practices.
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention: Reducing runoff contaminants at their sources.
- Fats, Oils, and Grease Prevention Training for Rural Communities: Helping communities tackle the menace of FOG in sewers.
- Safer Chemical Alternatives Assessment: How can you make products safer, better?
- Green Labs Assessment: Determine how your laboratory can improve its impact on environmental and worker health.
- Spray Paint Efficiency Training: Save money and resources through this one-day training program.
PPRC developed a series of resources to help automotive owners and technicians get informed about common chemicals found in a repair shop. The resources developed were designed to help both Do-It-Yourselfers (DIYers) as well as industry professionals. Resources include:
- A series of fact sheets that provide concise information about Solvent Safety Heirarchy, Best Management Practices for Parts Cleaners, Parts Washers Comparison, Floor Cleanup, and Antifreeze Choices.
- A webinar that focuses on Best Management Practices of a Shop, Safer Alternatives, Compliance, and How to Green Your Shop.
- An Online Training Curriculum that focuses on helping automotive owners and technicians learn about Safer Alternatives, Best Management Practices in a Repair Shop, and How to Green Your Operations.
To see the full list of resources, visit our full page on Safer Alternatives for the Automotive Industry.
We are a new face in the stormwater field. But our expertise in pollution prevention and source control lends itself to effectively preventing stormwater pollution. Our current stormwater work involves the following:
- Assessment and measurement of stormwater sources.
- Testing the effectiveness of emerging stormwater management technologies, systems, and processes.
- Assessing potential for safer chemicals in manufacturing processes and product design.
- Implementing positive best management practices with an emphasis on source reduction strategies.
- Feedback and re-assessment to work towards continuous improvement.
For more information about our Stormwater Pollution Prevention work, visit our full page on Stormwater Pollution Prevention.
In 2014, PPRC is providing technical assistance training workshops for rural communities throughout the Northwest to reduce the harmful impacts of FOG (or fats, oils, and grease) in sewer lines. These one-day workshops will help communities, which may lack technical resources, to:
- Develop a FOG abatement program
- Learn more about Best Management Practices in dealing with FOG
- Access useful FOG-prevention resources and receive ongoing technical support
For more information, go to the full page on FOG Prevention Training. There you’ll find full details about the program and an updated schedule of training dates.
The Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2) has developed a framework and guide to assist businesses in transitioning to safer chemicals. The guide provides recommendations on comparing hazards, lifecycle impacts, costs and functionality of proposed chemical alternatives for products or processes. As part of a range of solutions, PPRC can help you:
- Coordinate resources and tools for a full alternatives assessment.
- Conduct a streamlined evaluation of chemical alternatives for small businesses.
For more information on Alternatives Assessment, see our full page on Safer Chemicals or contact Brian Penttila.
Green Labs Assessment
Does your organization rely on a laboratory? We can provide a detailed assessment of the ways your lab can have a more positive impact on both environmental and worker health. Our Green Labs Assessment includes:
- Review of applicable best practices for achieving sustainability in laboratories.
- Assessment of opportunities for selection of safer chemicals.
- A redesign of processes to reduce, recycle, and mitigate chemical waste.
- Training in identification, selection, and use of green purchasing tools.
- Training in supporting behavior change at all levels in an organization to promote long-term sustainability
For more information about Green Lab Assessments, contact our Technical Project Manager, Jill Tepe.
PPRC is currently providing Spray Technique Analysis and Research (STAR®) and NESHAP training to painters and paint instructors. The program is dedicated to improving the overall efficiency of manual spray coating operations by enhancing the techniques of spray technicians.
The benefits of the program include:
- Improved Worker Health: Reducing short and long-term exposures to toxics, solvents, and isocyanates can improve employee health and safety.
- Material Savings: Increased transfer efficiency will reduce material usage. An industrial facility can save as much as $40,000 or more annually. Even the most experienced painters have been shown to improve their efficiency by as much as 25% .
- Environmental Impacts: Reduced emissions can result in cleaner air and better community standing. Also, improved spray efficiency generally reduces the amount of hazardous waste generated.
- Reduced Environmental Liabilities: By reducing the pollutants emitted you can reduce your liability, regulatory burden, and/or permit costs.
For more details about the training program (NESHAP requirements, techniques trained, and case studies), visit our full page on Spray Painting Efficiency or contact Ken Grimm.