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Dangers of Static Discharge Fires in Refinishing

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Welcome back to the SCRS booth Aaron Schulenberg here with Joe Skurka with BASF another…man it you know this today has
just been fantastic traffic through the booth through the aisles everybody I’ve
talked is amazed how’s it going over at your booth. It’s fantastic I mean the traffic
is unbelievable it’s busy it’s SEMA again it’s just that the
energy here is just through the roof that’s just an absolute blast and they’re
keeping is all busy out at the both and we’re keeping everybody apprise the what
the latest and greatest things are in the world of paint so we’re loving it it’s a it’s a good
it’s a great show for us so BASF I know has some big reveals
coming up later today that I think are happening shortly if I’m not mistaken in
some some great press conferences but in addition all the things that you guys
have as a company going on here the show BASF’s also been a huge supporter our
education program for every single year that we’ve had it I
think you guys have been at that at that level and and you know we’re so
appreciative of the support that we get from companies like yours what is it about those types of programs
that that you guys see value in in being a part of here at the show and in
supporting in general we see a need for number 1, 2 things, number one getting youth involved and people up to speed on
how to do the repairs but secondly and probably more importantly
even the complexity of vehicles is increasing dramatically every year it up and up and up if you
can stay up with all of the newer changes, you’re never gonna be able to
make it in this industry so we believe in education is the only way
that you’re going to succeed in a collision repair industry and we want to support that
effort as best we can and we think the SCRS with the RD education is just a a really nice job of that so we’re happy to be a supporter of that. Well I know on behalf of our members I can’t thank you guys enough you know it it’s not just here at the
SEMA Show that BASF supports education Though. I know that for one of our member
shops there are things that happen in the
industry we had a member who actually faced some tragedy with an unexpected fire in their shop in to no fault of their own, they did
everything right to prevent those types of things and yet
they still faced it and I believe that you and I were talking earlier that you
actually because I’ve that the specific activity put together some education to try to
address that to make sure the shops are well informed on how to protect
themselves and their employees and things along
those lines. Did you wanna talk a little bit about what you put together. Yes
absolutely I would I would really like and so that’s exactly what happened is
we we have a tragedy and we look at it and say huh well where exactly are we what are we doing
as far as educating the the body shops in general and people
that are working with our products to or other products for that matter to
make sure they’re doing it safely and so based on that we put together a little bit of a
presentation on to adjust to specific case of
fire which is the core the core problem and how that starts and
specifically with static electricity which i think is kinda a little bit of
an unknown fuzzy subject in the in the collision repair world and so I just
wanna go briefly through some some key points about that and then
from there hopefully encouraging people to take some further
action about on this topic because it can be very very serious topic and so just to start with there’s as you know there’s three things
required to have a fire you need fuel you need oxygen and you need an ignition source so in the case of a body shop the fuel
is gonna be all the flameable liquids that you’re working with constantly day in day out
maybe get used to it because it’s so common but that of your the oxygen obviously the ignition can be
static electricity and here’s the tricky part I think that gets a little bit ignored with with a lot of guys myself
included when when working around some of these flammable liquids static electricity is
always present were here standing on a carpet if you walk
across this enough with your feet and go touch something zip you get a little bit of an
electrical shock that’s static electricity but I can confirm anything right you’re
clothes it can come from the things are wearing you know any
those things. Absolutely and the thing I think to point out that always was
counterintuitive to me is that one of the things it can come from is just
pouring liquids so if you’re pouring a liquid through the air that’s causing friction
which is causing static so now you’ve got a charge that could be
in a flammable liquid if that gets grounded or its not ground and it hits ground its get the charg is gonna go
from that create the spark and it’s going to ignite and so this is really serious business
and again I don’t think it’s common to come to the
realization that it’s liquid just pouring through the air
from one container to another that’s going to create static through a
pipe there’s lots of examples of how it’s gonna be created but I think this is
the most appropriate for what guys do day in and day out in collision repair
shops and so you can’t get rid of that you can stop that from happening but
there are ways to mitigate the the spark part of it to stop the static
electrical spark so what are some of those things that you can do. You
need to utilize bonding and grounding so anything that you’re pouring into
has to be grounded to a solid earth just like in a home
electrical system you have to have a good ground any containers that you’re working with
should be bonded to that ground so that there’s always an electrical
connection so there’s no place where the static charge can actually create a
spark and cause the ignition of the flameable liquids in a nutshell that’s about it, it gets
pretty complex after this or somewhat complicated in what exactly
the connection should be How thick should the wire be
how exactly should the ground be set up all these types of details need to be
looked into treated very seriously but there’s other
people that are experts are doing things like that
there’s a number of industry organizations out there including OSHA, National Fire
Protection Association there’s for-profit companies that are at
the SEMA Show here I’m sure that’ll come into your shop and will
just take a look at everything and it’s one of the things they can take a look at are
things properly ground they’re the best qualified to be able to
suggest what the the best method of mitigation for any
of this type of thing would be and I would strongly urge everyone to
just it take a look around if you’re not sure what to do call
someone who knows a a lot about this topic and and get it
taken care of as it can really become a a real serious situation and really don’t need that that type of
tragedy again. And while they’re looking for those
types of companies look and see if they support organizations like SCRS or
others kinda the way BASF does because I think there’s a lot of great companies
out there and sometimes that’s a good way to look for them identify them as are they involved
are they supporting industry and are they involved in their trade associations and
things like that. Yeah, good idea good suggestion absolutely
I mean this is where this is where it all comes to comes complete full circle and an helps
the whole situation so absolutely good idea. Good well listen I
know you guys got a crazy schedule going on this week I was by your booth earlier
looked fantastic lot of really cool stuff Joe thanks as always for all the
support you guys give to SCRS throughout the year not just here at the SEMA Show and I really hope you have a successful
rest your show and we’ll come back more later this afternoon
in throughout the rest the week here from the SCRS both at the SEMA Show thanks for joining us.

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