May 2008

New training programs are available for auto recyclers

The Automotive Recyclers Association’s Educational Foundation (ARAEF) has added two new training programs to its online university.

The ARA University (ARAU) will now give the auto recycler the ability to plug in to e-training offered by the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) and ARA Product Services, LLC. These new additions to the ARAU curriculum will provide the recycler with direct access to industry-recognized hazmat and airbag training. Both programs are designed to help the auto recycler stay in compliance with federal regulations.

ARAU has partnered with CCAR to bring the auto recycler two specialized training courses, S/P2 and HazmatU, that are focused on safety and pollution prevention and hazmat materials.

S/P2 is an e-learning program developed by CCAR to address key safety and pollution prevention subjects. The training is based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, which require that personnel be trained on safety and environmental issues at the beginning of their employment, and at least annually thereafter.

Also available, the HazmatU was created by CCAR in cooperation with the North American Automotive hazmat Action Committee (NAAHAC), a group of regulatory compliance specialists representing the major automotive manufacturers in North America, and ShipMate, Inc., a hazmat specialty training company with an extensive background of serving automotive companies. DOT regulations require any employee who works in the shipping or receiving of hazardous materials to receive training within 90 days and recurring training at least every three years. Both of these training courses will be offered to the ARAU member at a fraction of the regular participation cost.

ARAU has teamed up with the ARA Product Services, LLC’s Airbag Resources and ARA Airbag Protocol training and certification programs. Airbag Resources is new software designed to enable members to train and certify employees, inspect and track Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) non-deployed airbag modules effectively and efficiently within their operations. The Airbag Resources site and customized software are provided by ARA Product Services, LLC, as value-added tools readily available for members of the ARAU. The ARA Airbag Protocol training program provides in-depth training on airbag inspection and handling, and hazardous materials regulations as they are related to shipping airbags in commerce.

For additional information, contact the Automotive Recyclers Association or visit www.a-r-a.org.