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November 20 - November 22, 2017
A Canadian worker’s recent death has been blamed on an allergic reaction to walnut-shell blasting media. Should these products be subject to further safety regulations?

November 13 - November 17, 2017
OSHA recently began enforcement of its new silica standard in the construction industry. Has your company made adjustments to comply with the new rule?

November 6 - November 10, 2017
Aside from price, what is the primary factor influencing your decision to buy surface prep and application equipment instead of renting or leasing?

October 30 - November 3, 2017
Overall, do you find that your company buys, rents or leases surface prep and application equipment for your coating projects? Select one, and please explain why in comments.

October 23 - October 27, 2017
The $3B Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline began construction in September, having received the last of the necessary state permits earlier that month. However, the pipeline does face at least one more hurdle: A lawsuit brought by a group of Catholic nuns whose plot of land would be divided by the construction, which says the division breaches their religious freedom. Do you agree?

October 19 - October 26, 2017
Do you ever use waterjetting as part of the surface preparation work you do?

October 16 - October 20, 2017
Registration for SSPC 2018 is now open! Are you planning to attend?

October 9 - October 13, 2017
Recent research indicates that paraffin wax may be key to creating concrete roadways that deice themselves. Will developments like this eventually lead to the elimination of road salts?

October 2 - October 6, 2017
Calgary, Alberta, officials are reportedly looking at luminescent paints to help light some rural roadways. Is this a good idea?

September 25 - September 29, 2017
A federal appeals court recently sent a pipeline approval back to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asking FERC to consider the greenhouse-gas effects of the product the pipelines will move as part of its environmental impact. Will this ruling change the way pipelines are permitted in the U.S.?

September 21 - September 28, 2017
How often do you work with specialty-function coatings (such as fire-resistive coatings, antifouling paint or heat-resistant coatings) in your day-to-day work?

September 18 - September 22, 2017
A plan for a bullet train in Texas continues to move forward, while Caltrans recently released a report supporting its plans to expand rail travel in California. How great a role will rail play in the next 20 years of transit development in the U.S.?

September 11 - September 15, 2017
A German energy company recently became the first to use thermal spray aluminum to protect the monopiles of a new offshore wind farm. Will TSA soon become the standard for protecting these assets?

September 4 - September 8, 2017
A number of jobsite health incidents in the U.S. this summer were attributed to heat exhaustion. Are painting companies and other contractors doing enough to prevent heat-related illness and injury?

August 28 - September 1, 2017
Last month, 4th Coast Productions released its new documentary, Bridge Brothers, chronicling two bridge-painting jobs in the Philadelphia area and following some of the workers. Have you seen the film yet?

August 21 - August 25, 2017
The Department of Labor is currently seeking applications for its annual Susan Harwood Training Grants program, which funds worker-safety training conducted by nonprofits like employer associations and unions. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has discussed eliminating this program in the future. Should the Harwood Grants go?

August 14 - August 18, 2017
Several states have passed or discussed “Buy American” rules for steel and other materials on public works projects recently, in addition to President Donald J. Trump’s executive order calling on pipeline companies to use U.S.-made materials. Are these laws a step in the right direction?

August 7 - August 11, 2017
A global group focused on infrastructure recently reported that the world will need to step up its spending in the next 20 years in order to keep up with the demand for new infrastructure and fixes to what already exists. Will world governments and private investors heed this call?

July 31 - August 4, 2017
With 2017 half over, how has your business performed so far this calendar year?

July 24 - July 28, 2017
In recent months, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has delayed or proposed changes to several rules that were promulgated under the Obama administration. Is this good or bad news?

July 20 - July 27, 2017
What method of surface preparation does your company use most often on jobs?

July 17 - July 21, 2017
A Connecticut man was recently convicted of faking a bridge inspection, leading to the reinspection of dozens of bridges in the region. In cases like this, should an inspector’s employer also be held responsible?

July 10 - July 14, 2017
European regulators are considering a proposal to put titanium dioxide on a list of suspected carcinogens. Is this the right move?

July 3 - July 7, 2017
Extensive corrosion has plagued the century-old USS Texas battleship, which serves as a floating museum in LaPorte, Texas, and the state has sunk tens of millions of dollars into repairing it. Should the efforts to preserve the ship continue?

June 26 - June 30, 2017
What is the best way to help prepare young people for careers in the paints and coatings industry?

June 19 - June 23, 2017
Some of the industry’s largest companies have merged or discussed merging in recent years. Will this trend continue in the years to come?

June 15 - June 22, 2017
Aside from size and hardness, what factor do you consider most important when choosing abrasive media?

June 12 - June 16, 2017
A Florida state transportation panel recently chose a contractor for an $800 million reconstruction of Interstate 395 in Miami, including the design for its “signature bridge” with no public input. Was that wise?

June 5 - June 9, 2017
Business magnate Elon Musk announced a plan to construct tunnels under cities for the purpose of using high-speed electric sleds to maneuver vehicles around traffic. Is this plan feasible?

May 30 - June 2, 2017
A Florida startup is looking to introduce a painting drone for industrial applications by year’s end. Do drones represent the future of painting in the industrial sector?

May 22 - May 26, 2017
Some local and state governments have moved to punish contractors involved with the potential construction of President Trump’s Mexican border wall by denying them contracts. Is this a fair move?

May 18 - May 25, 2017
Which new technology will have the greatest impact on the bridge coating business in the next 25 years?

May 15 - May 19, 2017
A recently constructed roadway in Ireland includes a “bat bridge,” to help maintain the flight path of a threatened species of native bat. What do you think of these kinds of infrastructure investments for the benefit of wildlife?

May 8 - May 12, 2017
The Trump administration is looking to expand offshore drilling off of U.S. coastlines. Good idea or bad?

May 1 - May 5, 2017
The new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur, California, will be constructed using the “roller launch” or “bridge launch” method. Are you familiar with this method of bridge construction?

April 24 - April 28, 2017
The Iron Workers union recently announced the introduction of a paid maternity-leave benefit for its members. Should more employers in the American construction and infrastructure industries follow suit?

April 20 - April 27, 2017
Has your company considered using robotics technology for paint application?

April 17 - April 21, 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently launched its “Safe and Sound” campaign, to encourage employers in certain states to review their safety protocols to better protect workers. Do companies in the protective coatings industry review and update protocols often enough in your experience?

April 10 - April 14, 2017
An energy company recently won a contract for the United States' second offshore wind farm, which could take decades to build. Are more offshore wind arrays on the horizon for the U.S.?

April 4 - April 11, 2017
What was your favorite part of NACE Corrosion 2017?

April 3 - April 7, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration is researching augmented reality, an immersive technology that allows a user to see virtual computer-generated images mixed with their actual surroundings in real time, for use on construction sites. Do you think this is a good or bad idea?

March 27 - March 31, 2017
Has your company considered using more novel approaches to surface preparation, such as dry-ice blasting or laser cleaning, in its operations?

March 23 - March 29, 2017
Are you attending NACE International's Corrosion 2017 Conference and Expo?

March 20 - March 24, 2017
Several lawmakers have introduced legislation to limit or repeal the Davis-Bacon Act, which ties wages on construction projects to a “prevailing wage” for the type of work being done and the area it’s being done in. Is this a good or bad idea?

March 13 - March 17, 2017
A recent climate-change readiness report in Boston includes the possible construction of a seawall in Boston Harbor to guard the city from rising waters. Will new sea barriers be a more common infrastructure project worldwide in the coming decades?

March 6 - March 10, 2017
President Trump recently called on executive departments to identify regulations that might serve well to be repealed or modified. Will the coming regulation reduction be positive for the industry on the whole?

February 27 - March 3, 2017
Changes to EPA rules for hazardous waste generators are changing April 28, with major alterations set to affect many, including coating manufacturers and field paint removal contractors. Is your firm preparing for the new regulations?

February 21 - February 24, 2017
Wood Mackenzie predicts that oil and gas project spending will be up worldwide this year for the first time since 2014. Are you expecting a boost in business as a result?

February 16 - February 23, 2017
How prevalent will autonomous or robotic systems for surface preparation become over the next decade?

February 13 - February 17, 2017
President Trump, in an executive order last month, declared that “all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired or extended pipelines, inside the borders of the United States,” should use materials produced in the United States “to the maximum extent possible.” Will new American pipelines be manufactured mainly in the U.S. in the coming years?

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