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This section contains resources that auto shop owners, managers, and employees may find helpful as they work to be the best business they can be. To learn more about the Safe Shops Program or request a training, please call the Environmental Health Office at 617-534-5965,

Program Videos

Part 1: Permits, Welding, Storage: The Safe Shops training video introduction, including sections on permits, welding, storage and responsibility to your neighbors.

Part 2: Painting and Health Impacts: Safe Shops training video on safety practices and health impacts of auto body painting and sanding.

Part 3: Housekeeping and Flammables: Safe Shops training video on proper storage and housekeeping of hazardous materials and flammable substances.


The Safe Shop Toolbox is an educational kit for workers, managers, and owners in auto businesses. On this page, you may download the complete Safe Shop Toolbox or individual fact sheets in both Spanish and English.   The Safe Shop Toolbox is also available in laminated format from the Boston Public Health Commission's Environmental Health Office. To request a copy, contact the Environmental Health Office at 617-534-5965. (Toolbox esta disponible en Español y Ingles)

Toolbox Documents: 

Auto Body Best Practices 
Emergency Preparation
Hazardous Waste
Housekeeping and Safety
Mechanical Repair Best Practices
Permits and Licenses
Personal Protective Equipment
Recycling and Waste Reduction
Safe Shops Tool Box Cover
Useful Local Phone Numbers 
Worker Training and Right to Know

Auto Shop Pollution Prevention Video Protecting Your Environment, Your Employees, and Your Business Click here to view the Safe Shop training video on YouTube . The video is also available on DVD and VHS format in both English and Spanish. Contact the Environmental Hazards Program at 617-534-5965 to request a copy.
US EPA Design for the Environment Auto Refinishing Best Practices Kit Best practices kit for auto shop owners and workers for their staff. The vendor contacts are especially useful. 
Auto Report and Fleet Maintenance Pollution Prevention Downloadable fact sheets and videos on pollution prevention in the auto repair industry. 
Personal Protective Equipment ​Downloadable training on personal protective equipment for auto workers
Safety Data Sheets ​Downloadable training on Safety Data Sheets, which are documents that communicate hazard information on products
​Making the Switch to Safer Products ​Downloadable training on using alternative products in your shop


If you would like to learn more about the Safe Shops Program, or if you own an auto shop and would like to request a training from one of our outreach workers, please contact the Environmental Health Office at 617-534-5965. Training is available in Spanish and English.​

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