EPA Compliance – Save Yourself The Possibility Of A Huge Fine

If you work in, manage, or own an automotive repair facility, read on.

Please print this article and post it in your automotive repair shop – communication is the key to staying out of that hot water everyone always talks about.

Scullyz spent a little bit of time this week talking to Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Marion Posen, for MACS Worldwide. That is Mobile Air Conditioning Society Worldwide. They are an aftermarket automotive trade association founded in 1981. In 1990, Section 609 of the United States Clean Air Act required the certification of any technician working on Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning (MVAC). Since 1991, MACS has assisted over 600,000 technicians meet the certification requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency concerning the recovery and recycling of refrigerant. We then took that conversation to heart and spent some time checking the infamous section 609 – The EPA’s compliance requirements and penalties for the control of automotive refrigerants. This is good stuff for anyone who works in the automotive industry. Rescheck web 

I always knew as a service manager that any job that needed a/c work had to be dispatched to a technician that was “a/c certified”. In this article, we are going to define what the certification is, where you can get it, what the requirements of the technician and the shop are, what fines you could receive, and what you can do to prevent them all. Look for links and recommendations, and pay attention, you do not want to be on the receiving end of the EPA!

Marion Posen has been with MACS Worldwide for about 5 years and has heard many stories about repair facilities and dealerships being found in non-compliance by the EPA. She and I both agreed that the automotive repair industry’s knowledge of what can happen if they don’t comply is lacking. Read on and find out if you know!

The amount of dealerships and repair facilities out there is staggering when you think about it. It is a verydifficult task to keep track of all that equipment, all of those technicians. A lot of techs and managers probably think “they’ll never show here, and if they do were good.” Well, I hope all of you are reading this so you can answer that question: Are you in compliance?

Here are some things to think about:

· Every technician that works on an air conditioning system must be section 609 certified. This is done through a test – an open book test. That you take home. Not hard, the EPA wants anyone working on air conditioning to understand the proper recovery and recycling of refrigerant. They want to make sure that everyone touching it is containing it and not letting into the air to destroy our ozone. The ozone that our children will have to live under.

· Technicians that are certified, through MACS or through ASE, or any other qualified testing organization should have their wallet card on them while in the shop and working on air conditioning equipment or systems in vehicles. Can’t prove you’re certified to the inspector – then you are not. (If you’re a shop manager you should be thinking that you should have copies of all a/c certificates on file!!!)

· All shop equipment that handles the recovery and the recycling of refrigerants must be registered with the EPA. Don’t laugh….here is the

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