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Auto Repair and Body Shops

Mikes Auto Body

Mike's Auto Body in Fall River was recognized as a Champion of Toxics Use Reduction at the State House. From left, Rep. Paul Schmid III, Steve Madeiros and Mike Penacho of Mike's Auto Body, and Rep. Alan Silvia. Download the case study.

Auto Shop Projects

Auto repair and body shops are an important part of a community, providing needed services and jobs. However, they also use many substances that pose a hazard to workers and can potentially pollute the environment. TURI helps auto shops reduce the use of toxic chemicals by offering technical assistance and grants. For example: 

  • Mike’s Auto Body in Fall River received a TURI grant to purchase safer alternatives for wheel weights, wheel cleaning, paint gun washing, brake cleaning and general degreasing. Read the case study. Mike's Auto Body also received recognition for its accomplishments in the July 2016 issue of New England Automotive Report.
  • 912 Auto in Dorchester received a TURI grant to demonstrate to other body shops the use of an EPA DfE (Design for Environment) approved paint gun wash solution. The shop is saving over $3,000 annually by moving away from harmful solvents with excellent results. A case study describes the changes made by the shop including the financial savings. 
  • The Boston Public Health Commission's Safe Shops program has received TURI grants to help Boston shops reduce the use of solvents. The program has many excellent resources for shops looking to create a safer and healthier work environment.                                                                                 
  • The town of Watertown received a TURI grant to help shops move away from lead wheel weights to safer alternatives. Read more.