PaintSquare.com
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit the TPC Store
Search the site

 

Advertisement

PaintSquare


Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


EPA Withdraws New Cadmium Rule

Friday, January 11, 2013

More items for Health & Safety

Comment | More

Under pressure from producers, the U.S. government has reversed a brand-new rule that would have increased safety disclosure requirements for products containing cadmium, used in some protective coatings, fillers and abrasive blast media.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the final rule Dec. 3 under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 8(d). The measure, which was to take effect Jan. 2, required reporting of unpublished cadmium-related health and safety studies by manufacturers and importers.

Abrasive blasting
OSHA

Abrasive blasters may be exposed to cadmium, lead and other metals on the job.

The International Cadmium Association immediately protested the measure in a letter that demanded more time for review and implementation..

'Arbitrary and Capricious'

The letter called the rule "arbitrary and capricious" and said the measure was "far broader in scope and economic impact than would be necessary to address the legitimate questions that have been raised about potential consumer exposure to cadmium and cadmium compounds."

Specifically, the producers challenged a provision that would have required them to determine whether cadmium or cadmium compounds  “have been, or are reasonably likely to be, incorporated into consumer products.” The producers said the provision offered no clear standard or guidance on how such a determination should be made.

On Dec. 14, EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics announced that it had "decided to withdraw the immediate final rule.”

On Dec. 28, the EPA withdrew the rule, effective immediately, in a Federal Register announcement.

Objections, Questions Cited

The announcement said the agency had "received a number of letters ... asking questions and raising concerns about the scope and extent" of the measure, indicating "significant confusion and uncertainty ... in certain industrial sectors subject to the final rule."

EPA said that some of the points raised in the letters "warrant additional consideration." The announcement offered no details.

Cadmium-coated component
International Cadmium Association

Cadmium coatings applied to iron, steel, brass and aluminum provide resistance to corrosion in most conditions and especially in marine and alkaline environments, the International Cadmium Association reports.

The rule was issued in response to a May 28, 2010, petition from environmental groups and as part of a joint effort with the Consumer Products Safety Commission to reduce exposure to cadmium, especially by children in products such as children’s jewelry products.

Cadmium Exposures

Cadmium, a highly toxic carcinogen, is also used in some anti-corrosion pigments, coatings, plating products and abrasive blast media.

OSHA estimates that 300,000 workers are exposed to cadmium in the United States. Worker exposure to cadmium can occur in all industry sectors, but occurs mostly in manufacturing and construction. Workers may be exposed during smelting and refining of metals, and manufacturing coatings, plastics, solar panels and batteries.

   

Tagged categories: Abrasive blasting; Abrasives; Exposure conditions; Health and safety; Metal coatings; Workers

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Advertisements
 
Bullard
 
Upgrade with the Bullard GenVX
 
Click here for your blast helmet.
 

 
SAFE Systems, Inc.
 
Enduroguard -
The Tough Cable
for a Tough Industry.
 
Reduce maintenance costs and down time, increase job site safety with Enduroguard Cable. Available exclusively from SAFE Systems. UL listed, flexible, abrasion resistant and cut resistant.
 

 
Blastox/The TDJ Group, Inc.
 
Blastox® - One Step Lead Abatement
 
Sandblast additive delivered to jobsite pre-blended to eliminate hazardous abrasive wastes. Why mix, meter or apply at the job-site? Blast with ease and
Let your painters paint!
1(800)-252-7869
 

 
Clemco Industries Corp.
 
Maximum Dust Suppression Systems Start at $14,950
 
The system comprises proven technology and equipment with user-friendly flexibility in mind. See it in action.
 

 
Tnemec Company, Inc.
 
Online Coating Courses from Tnemec
 
For decades, Tnemec has offered its expertise to clients presenting face-to-face coatings courses. Now, these presentations are available to anyone for CEUs at Tnemec University.
 

 
Strategic Materials Inc.
 
www.truabrasives.com
 
TruAbrasives™, a clean crushed glass abrasive superior to other abrasives for performance, health, and environmental benefits.
 

 
BASF
 
New resins from BASF will have metals loving water!
 
Excellent corrosion resistance, low VOC, high gloss, thin films www.basf.us/industrialcoatings dpsolutions@basf.com 800-231-7868
 

 
Absolute Equipment/Grand Rental Station
 
TIER 4 EQUIPMENT
 
We have Tier 4 Equipment including Air Compressors & Generators for Sale & Rent! Your job may now require Tier-4. www.absoluteequip.com or Call 412-931-6655.
 

 
KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office
 
KTA-Tator EH&S Services
 
• Ambient & Worker Exposure Air Monitoring
• Safety & Health Program Development
• Lead Paint Assessments
& Specifications
• Health Hazard & Jobsite Safety Assessments
Call 1-800-532-3633
 

 
Monti Tools, Inc.
 
BRISTLE BLASTER® – THE ORIGINAL ONE
 
  • Abrasive blast with a power tool
  • Remove corrosion, mill scale and coatings
  • Cleans & roughens
  • Meets SSPC-SP 10 / NACE No. 2
  • Profile up to 4.7 mils
  • ATEX Zone 1
  •  

     
     
     

    Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

    TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@paintsquare.com


    The Technology Publishing Network

    Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

     
    EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
    REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
    MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us