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Bilingual Spray Efficiency Training (Spanish & English)

The Training

The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) is extending our Spray Technique Analysis and Research (STAR®) and NESHAP training to Spanish speaking painters and instructors. This training not only provides the necessary 6H certification for painters, it also teaches a variety of techniques proven to reduce overspray, save money and materials, and improve the health of workers.

Upcoming  Bilingual Trainings/Workshops (English/Spanish)

  • Bilingual Spray Efficiency Training (FREE!), March 28, 2017, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. – This free training not only provides 6H certification, it also teaches a variety of techniques proven to reduce overspray, save money, and improve the health of workers. The training will take place at the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) in Boise, ID. REGISTER HERE.

Training Benefits

In addition to compliance with the new regulation, other benefits of this training include:

  • Health Impacts: Toxics, solvents and isocyanates can cause adverse health impacts such as enlarged lungs, irregular heartbeat, kidney failure, and nerve damage. This training can help reduce short and long-term exposure, improving employee safety and possible worker’s compensation claim issues.
  • Material Savings: Increased transfer efficiency will reduce material usage. Research in the collision repair industry has shown that the STAR program has results in an average savings of $4,200 per year per employee in 1996 dollars. 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% through increased attention to application techniques.
  • 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 and potentially reduce regulatory burden and/or permit costs.

In 2014, PPRC’s STAR program:

  • trained 71 painters
  • saved 3,692 gallons of paint
  • reduced 18,460 lbs of air emissions
  • saved businesses $1,107,600

The Trainer

Ken Grimm, PPRC’s Industry Outreach Lead, has completed the IWRC’s Train-the-Trainer course in addition to his nearly 20 years of industrial and automotive paint experience. Ken has provided train-the-trainer courses to more than two dozen Community and Technical Colleges in the Pacific Northwest, as well as training to more than 150 collision repair shops and industrial facilities.

To inquire about training dates and costs, please contact Ed Gonzales (Espanol: egonzalez@pprc.org) or Ken Grimm (English: kgrimm@pprc.org)


Testimonials About the Training

  • “The state-of-the-art equipment and training have enhanced the training our instructors provide by creating parameters that are more exacting and easier to identify and measure than the common ‘eye and feel’ method. The industry will benefit greatly as the students enter industry using more efficient methods. STAR not only saves considerable cost, but it also expands the awareness and concern for the environment by saving precious resources.”
    Karen Johnson, Dean for Trade and Industry, Renton Technical College
  • “I’ve worked with Ken Grimm of PPRC’s STAR program to host five different trainings over the last three years for auto body shops and collision repair programs at six different colleges and high schools around Idaho. The STAR program has provided a huge value to Idaho’s auto body industry, helping shops save money and materials, and comply with federal regulations and sending painters out into the workforce educated on spray efficiency techniques and other best practices.”
    Joanna Pierce, Pollution Prevention Coordinator, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality


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