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Welcome to our online learning hub. Here you will find industry-specific newsletters, updates and research on pollution prevention (P2) and toxics reduction for businesses and the public. We provide information on industries including auto repair, auto body, printers, garment cleaners, salons, marinas and commercial building maintenance.

What’s Hot: Check this spot often for updates and important P2 resources at a glance.

  • Safer Alternatives to Copper based Antifouling Paints Project Report: The Port of San Diego has been involved in projects to identify viable hull paint options that boaters can select from to replace copper-based hull paints. These efforts are providing valuable information on the status of antifouling technologies and strategies used worldwide, as well as insight into how various non-copper coatings perform in San Diego Bay. This project was funded by the EPA.

Click below to find pollution prevention information in our resource guides for these industries:

Use the key and chart below to find fact sheets and reports that are applicable to a variety of industries.

Industry Key
AB: Auto Body and Paint
All: Applicable to all industries
AR: Auto Repair
CB: Commercial Building Maintenance/ Hotels
G: Garment Cleaning/ Laundry
M: Marine Repair
P: Printing
S: Salons

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Industry

Resource

AB, AR

Aerosol Cleaner Use in Auto Repair (California Department of Public Health - CDPH)

All

Alternatives to VOC Emitting Petroleum Based Lubricants and Chlorinated Paraffin Lubricants - 2004 (Katy Wolf, Institute for Research and Technical Assistance - IRTA)

G

Aqua Cleaners Case Study (Katy Wolf, IRTA)

All

Assessment, Development and Demonstration of Alternatives for Five Emerging Solvents - 2006 (Katy Wolf, IRTA)

AB, AR, CB

Assessment, Development and Demonstration of Alternatives to VOC-Emitting Lubricants, Vanishing Oils and Rust Inhibitors - 2006  (Katy Wolf, IRTA)

P

Assessment, Development and Demonstration of Low-VOC Materials for Cleaning of Lithographic  Printing Ink Application Equipment - 2006 (Katy Wolf, IRTA)

AB

Auto Body and Paint Shops Project (CA Dep’t of Toxic Substances Control - DTSC)

AB, AR, M

Automotive Aerosol Cleaning Products: Lov-VOC, Low Toxicity Alternatives - 2006 (Katy Wolf, IRTA)

M

Boater Guide to Eco-friendly Purchasing

All

California Air Resources Board (CARB) VOC Rule Changes in 2010-2013

G

California Dry Cleaning Industry Technical Assessment Report (California Air Resources Board)

M

California Clean Boating Network and Changing Tide Newsletter

CB

California Green Lodging Program

All

California Proposition 65: Toxics Law You Need to Know (SFDPH)

G

Chemicals Used In Drycleaning Operations (State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners)

AB

Compliance Tips for Automotive Refinishing Shop

Painters and Owners

Also available in Spanish and Chinese (Bay Area Air Quality Management District – BAAQMD)

AR

Compliance Tips for Automotive Repair Facilities Performing Solvent Cleaning Also available in Spanish (BAAQMD)

G

Compliance Tips for the Drycleaning Community Also available in Korean (BAAQMD)

AR

Copper in Brake Pads (Sustainable Conservation website).

G

Dry Cleaning Alternatives Resources (San Francisco Department of the Environment)

G

Evaluation of New and Emerging Technologies for Textile Cleaning - 2005 (Katy Wolf, IRTA)

CB

Green Seal certified products and services

All

Handling Universal Waste (SFDPH)

G

Hydrocarbon Technology Alternatives to Perchloroethylene for Dry Cleaning - 2005 (Katy Wolf, IRTA)

AR

Injury, Illness & Pollution Prevention in Auto Repair (CDPH)

AR

Lead Wheel Weights

AB, AR, CB, M

Low-VOC, Low Toxicity Alternatives for Consumer Product Cleanup and Thinning Solvents - 2007 (Katy Wolf, IRTA)

P

Low-VOC, Low Toxicity Cleanup Solvents for Screen Printing: Safer Alternatives - 2006 (Katy Wolf, IRTA)

AB, AR, G, M, P, S

Methylene Chloride Fact Sheet (CDPH)

AB, CB, M

Methylene Chloride Consumer Product Paint Strippers: Low-VOC, Low Toxicity Alternatives - 2006 (Katy Wolf, IRTA)

AB, AR, CB, G, P

n-Bromopropane Hazard Alert (CDPH)

AR

New Car Dealers - Hazardous Waste Guidance

AB, AR, G, M, P

Perchloroethylene Fact Sheet (CDPH)

M

Pollutants of Concern from Maritime Industries

M

Pollution Prevention Opportunities and Compliance Checklist (SFDPH)

M

Pollution Prevention Report and Toolkit for Maritime Industries - 16.5 MB PDF (SFDPH)

All

Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange, P2Rx (WSPPN)

M

Product Inventories of San Francisco Maritime Businesse

AR

Report of Findings on the Use of Aerosols and Other Chemicals in the San Francisco Auto Repair Industry

G

Royal Cleaners Case Study (Katy Wolf, IRTA)

AB, AR

Safer Alternatives to Solvent Aerosol Automotive Cleaning Products - 2004 (Katy Wolf, IRTA)

AB

Safer Alternative Thinners, Cleanup Materials, Coatings and Sanding Methods in the Autobody Industry

G

Spotting Chemicals: Alternatives to Perchloroethylene and Trichloroethylene in the Textile Cleaning Industry - 2007 (Katy Wolf, IRTA)

AB, AR, CB, G, M

Tert-Butyl Acetate: Safer Alternatives in Cleaning and Thinning Applications -2007 (Katy Wolf, IRTA)

AB, AR, M, P, S

Toluene Fact Sheet (CDPH)

AB, AR, G, M, P

Trichloroethylene Fact Sheet (CDPH)

All

Understanding Toxic Substances: An Introduction to Chemical Hazards in the Workplace (CDPH)

AR

Vehicle Service and Repair Program (DTSC)

AB, AR, M, P, S

Xylene Fact Sheet (CDPH)