December 8 - December 12, 2014
Bill Gates and other private owners of an otherwise-sound bridge are under pressure to paint it. What maintenance duties do private owners of infrastructure have?
December 1 - December 5, 2014
After 4½ years, the EPA is set to announce Dec. 19 whether it will reclassify coal ash as hazardous waste. What’s your prediction?
November 17 - November 30, 2014
Do you expect to still be in a coatings-related industry in five or so years?
November 3 - November 7, 2014
The family of a U.S. worker killed on the job is calling for a $50,000 mandatory fine if a workplace hazard is found to "materially contribute" to a fatal incident. (The fine in their case was $2,300.) What do you think?
October 27 - October 31, 2014
Election Day in the U.S. is Tuesday, Nov. 4. Will you vote?
October 20 - October 24, 2014
U.S. regulators have reinstated an employee fired for making a secret video of a failed inspection test. Whom do you back?
October 13 - October 17, 2014
How well do you think weight limits are being enforced on bridges and highways?
October 6 - October 10, 2014
Do you see safety hazards (including personnel) on the job serious enough to report if you could do so completely anonymously?
September 29 - October 3, 2014
A proposed U.S. rule would prohibit "pay secrecy" by federal contractors and protect workers who discuss company wages. What’s your view?
September 22 - September 26, 2014
About how often do you see full compliance with fall protection on a project?
September 15 - September 19, 2014
The U.S. will force companies that owe federal fines for hazmat violations to pay up or shut down. Good plan or bad plan?
September 8 - September 12, 2014
The U.S. EPA is weighing its next move on dangerous chemical paint strippers. What should that move be?
September 1 - September 5, 2014
This Labor Day, how do you size up the trade union movement?
August 25 - August 29, 2014
The U.S. Congress is winding up the August vacation it mandated in 1970. It also took off three weeks before March 10, and the House has shortened its 2014 calendar. You’re paying these folks. How much time off should they have in a year?
August 18 - August 22, 2014
Five mega-projects are competing for ASCE’s Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award. Which gets your vote?
August 11 - August 15, 2014
A new U.S. Executive Order will require bidders for major federal contracts to report recent wage, safety or other labor law violations. Good idea or bad idea?
August 4 - August 8, 2014
Trading time is over. Who’s your pick for the 2014 World Series champs?
July 28 - August 1, 2014
Who, in your experience, is usually the weakest link in the project team?
July 21 - July 25, 2014
OSHA is considering increasing “whistleblower” protection for employees who report health and safety problems. Good idea or bad idea?
July 7 - July 20, 2014
The U.S. Highway Trust Fund is set to go broke in August. What should Congress do?
June 30 - July 4, 2014
New U.S. rules are in effect to increase hiring of veterans and individuals with disabilities. Have these mandates affected your hiring practices?
June 23 - June 27, 2014
What is your priority in evaluating a job applicant?
June 16 - June 20, 2014
A California utility wants the authority to remove trees and structures from private property if they threaten pipeline integrity. What do you think?
June 9 - June 13, 2014
How does your 2014 summer work season look, compared to last year’s?
June 2 - June 6, 2014
Planning a vacation this summer?
May 27 - May 30, 2014
Two-thirds of construction firms say they’re having a hard time finding qualified workers. How about you and your company?
May 19 - May 23, 2014
On average, how much time do you spend each month expanding your job training/education (e.g., attending webinars or training, reading journals)?
May 12 - May 16, 2014
How often do you think speed compromises worker safety to meet a project deadline?
May 5 - May 9, 2014
The U.S. State Department has put an indefinite hold on the Keystone XL pipeline, due to 2 million new public comments and a lawsuit in Nebraska. What do you think?
April 28 - May 2, 2014
The new color of the Jimmie Davis Bridge in Louisiana is being chosen by a public vote. (Note: Voting ends May 2.) Good idea or bad idea?
April 21 - April 25, 2014
What do you think of OSHA’s proposal to move injury and illness reporting online and make it available to the public?
April 14 - April 18, 2014
California is weighing a bill that would hold contractors liable for wages, taxes and workers comp shortchanged by subcontractors and temp agencies. Good idea or bad idea?
April 7 - April 13, 2014
How should industry employers treat marijuana in states where it is now legal?
March 31 - April 4, 2014
What legislative priority should the American Coatings Association’s PaintPAC be looking for in its political candidates this year?
March 24 - March 28, 2014
How did you make your March Madness bracket picks this year?
March 17 - March 21, 2014
Some in the U.S. Congress have proposed allowing the states, rather than the federal government, to oversee the U.S. highway and surface transportation system. Good idea or bad idea?
March 10 - March 14, 2014
Here come the public hearings on OSHA’s proposal to slash silica exposure in the workplace. What should OSHA do with this proposal?
March 3 - March 7, 2014
How did you watch the Olympics this year?
February 24 - February 28, 2014
Generally speaking, which type of infrastructure do you think poses the greatest safety concern today?
February 17 - February 21, 2014
Did you attend SSPC 2014, and was it worth it?
February 10 - February 14, 2014
What is your prognosis for the health of the coatings industry in five years?
February 3 - February 7, 2014
A bill now before Congress would raise the federal minimum hourly wage to $10.10. Should Congress pass the bill, kill it, or pursue an amended version?
January 20 - January 24, 2014
The 112th Congress was one of the least productive in U.S. history. Who carries most of the blame for that?
January 13 - January 18, 2014
As of Jan. 1, 21 states now pay more (some substantially more) than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Whom do you think should set minimum wage?
January 2 - January 12, 2014
Call them resolutions, or call them goals. Have you set any for 2014?
December 16 - December 23, 2013
What song best sums up 2013 for you?
December 9 - December 13, 2013
OSHA is asking (but not requiring) commenters on the federal silica proposal to disclose funding sources and conflicts of interest. Good idea or bad idea?
November 25 - December 6, 2013
Deaths and citations from worksite falls are reaching new highs. So why do so many workers still skip fall protection?
November 18 - November 22, 2013
OSHA is proposing that employers’ Form 300 illness and injury logs be put online for public access. Good idea or bad idea?
November 11 - November 15, 2013
The world’s largest labor group accuses Qatar of near-slavery treatment of World Cup 2022 construction workers. What should World Cup sponsor FIFA do?