In June, auto professionals working in painting and coating vehicles will be able to earn certification for handling regulated heavy metals commonly found in industry products.
The Idaho Small Business Development Center and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality are sponsoring the one-day workshops next month in six Idaho cities.
Many paints used in auto body refinishing work contain heavy metals that are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. The workshops give classroom and hands-on training that will instruct participants how to comply with state and federal regulations. The course will also teach efficient spray painting methods and ways to reduce costs and improve efficiencies. Participants completing the course will earn a training certificate required by the EPA.
Staff from the DEQ will also be on-hand to answer any questions about Idaho's general air quality permit.
The $35 workshops are at the following dates and locations:
•June 16 at the Boise DEQ office, 1410 Hilton St., from 5 to 9 p.m.
•June 17 at Pocatello City Hall, 911 N. 7th Ave., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
•June 17 at the Idaho Falls DEQ office, 900 N. Skyline Drive, Suite B, from 5 to 9 p.m.
•June 18 at the College of Southern Idaho's Taylor Building in Twin Falls, Room 276, from noon to 4 p.m.
•June 19 in Lewiston at Lewis-Clark State College's Meriwether Lewis Hall, Room 220, from 5 to 9 p.m.
•June 20 at the Coeur d'Alene DEQ office, 2110 Ironwood Parkway, from noon to 4 p.m.
Participants can register at www.IdahoSBDC.org.