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CCAR launches AGM battery safety course

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 07:00
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CCAR (The Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair) is pleased to announce the launch of a new online Safety course focused on Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries. The course – developed by CCAR and ShipMate, Inc. – is the first in a series of complimentary online safety courses resulting from CCAR’s agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) Alliance partner program.

“More than 20 million vehicles in the U.S. alone are now utilizing an AGM battery” said CCAR’s President, Charles E. Ayers. “AGM batteries have been installed in vehicles since the 1990s and are commonly found in most of today’s hybrid vehicles as well as in many vehicles that use stop/start technology”.

AGM batteries typically provide higher cranking power and reserve capacity as compared with traditional flood-acid (FLA) batteries. They are labeled as “non-spillable” and are often mounted in non-traditional locations (such as in the trunk of the vehicle). Because they are sealed they should NOT be charged using conventional FLA battery chargers.

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The online AGM Battery Safety course is being offered on a complimentary basis. To sign-up and access the course, please visit www.ccar.training or call CCAR at 888/476-5465. Those who complete the course and pass the final exam are offered a certificate of completion.

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CCAR President Charlie Ayers will also be presenting "Staying Compliant: Helping Shops and Distributors Avoid Costly Violations" during NACE Automechanika 2017 in Chicago, July 26-29. Ayers will discuss the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), which was revised to align with the Global Harmonization Standard (GHS). Among the changes impacting the automotive supply chain and shops are labeling elements and a standardized format for SDSs (formerly known as Material Data Safety Sheets (MSDS). GHS training was required for those employees who handle chemicals in the workplace such as coolant, oil, brake fluid, etc. The deadline for this training was December 1, 2013. Distributors were allowed to ship products labeled by manufacturers under the old system until December 1, 2015. Register for the course today by clicking here.
 

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