CCAR (The Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair) has announced it will provide a free 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 Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Alliance partner program.
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.
“More than 40 million vehicles in the U.S. alone are now utilizing an AGM battery,” said CCAR President Charles 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.