Benner’s Goes Green
At Benner’s Auto Body, we’re dedicated to making sure our repair processes and equipment meet the highest standards for health safety and environmental protection. We’re constantly researching new ways to change the industry as well as the way we interact with our environment. Here are just a few examples of the extra steps Benners’ takes every day to help ensure the protection of our environment as well as our employees.
- All spray applications (including primer, basecoat and, clearcoat applications) are performed in a spray booth or ventilated and enclosed prep station which minimizes painter and other worker exposures to solvents and other harmful components of paints and coatings during spray applications.
- All of our painters wear hooded fresh-air paint masks that constantly supplies fresh outside air to the painter.
- Painters also wear a full body paint suit to avoid skin absorption of toxins as well as impermeable gloves to prevent solvents and other skin irritants from coming in contact with the skin.
- Painters & technicians consistently wear safety goggles or glasses at all times to prevent eye injury that can be caused from debris, equipment and other eye irritants. All Benners associates are trained to focus on health and safety procedures on a daily basis to ensure an accident-free work environment.
- Benners uses automated gun cleaners to reduce painters and technicians exposure to harmful cleaning solvents by allowing them to perform part of the cleaning process remotely. Automatic cleaners also typically reuse solvents in the cleaning process which reduces solvent waste.
- Both our spray booths and air compressors are fitted with variable frequency drives. This enables them to only turn on when in use. The burners on our shop’s heating system and spray booths are all fueled by clean natural gas.
- We spray all our vehicles with Sherwin Williams AWX Waterborne paint. This process reduces solvent fumes making the air cleaner for the employees and the enviroment. Waterborne paint has up to a 96% decrease in VOC emissions compared to solvent-borne basecoats. It is also nonflamable, reducing the risk of fire in the workplace.
- Excess paint and thinner is always recycled. Residue is washed off with a water-based gun cleaner to eliminate fumes and eliminate solvent-based thinner use.
- Spraying occurs in a downdraft spray booth with sophisticated HVLP (high volume, low pressure guns). Use of HVLP spray guns can significantly reduce overspray which will reduce harmful emissions and save paint.
- All the lights in our office and shop area use high efficiency bulbs cutting our electricity consumption considerably.