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Sterling Autobody offers safety training for school collision programs

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Feb. 10, 2011 — Sterling Autobody Centers recently launched a new education series for collision repair programs at schools across the country.

Dubbed the Techs of Tomorrow, Safety & Environmental Training Series (ERS), the sessions cover hazard communication, personal protection equipment, tools safety, pollution prevention, driver safety and other issues. Sterling also conducts complimentary on-site safety audits of the school facilities and provides access to additional online training.

The program allows school instructors to tailor the sessions based on their students’ needs. They typically run three hours and are led by ERS staff and Sterling leadership. The Collision Repair Education Foundation helps coordinate the sessions.

Glenn Lynch, an instructor at Florida State College Collision, hosted a class on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“The information within the OSHA class was of tremendous value for my collision students,” Lynch said. “The explanation of MSDS (material safety data sheets) was thorough and professionally presented. It was a great learning experience for our future techs.”

So far the courses have taken place at schools in Florida, California, Ohio and Pennsylvania. More are planned.

“Sterling Autobody is very excited about our ‘Techs of Tomorrow’ Training Program,” said Dan Lajoie, vice president of store administration and construction for Sterling. “With an increased sensitivity to safety and environmental issues, Sterling is taking a front-line position in the training of tomorrow’s technicians on these important topics.”

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