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Steel Bridge Coating Guide Revised

Three leading technical organizations have teamed up to overhaul an outdated guide specification for shop painting of bridge steel.


Free Webinar Navigates Tricky Rigging

Industrial painting projects can pose complex challenges when it comes to rigging and scaffolding.


SSPC, NACE Revising Applicator Standard

NACE and SSPC are seeking input on their joint applicator certification standard as they prepare to review and revise the standard.


Major Concrete Standard Gets Overhaul

Capping nearly a decade in development, the American Concrete Institute has updated its seminal structural concrete standard, now organized from an engineer's perspective.


U.S. Arrests Recalcitrant Contractor

U.S. Marshals have taken into custody an Illinois sewer and water contractor who has allegedly refused to abate years of federal health and safety violations and to pay hundreds of thousands...


5 SSPC Courses Added for Vets

Veterans interested in coatings training now have five additional programs to choose from, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced.


Free Webinar: Proper Concrete Prep

What does it take to make coatings stick to concrete? Proper application, sure, but one of the most important factors in successful coating work sits on the surface.


Fines Follow Fires at Coating Maker

Three separate, and apparently unreported, fires at an industrial coatings plant have triggered a strong response from federal health and safety officials.


Free Webinar Takes on 2k Urethanes

Increasing regulations are handing the coating industry new challenges in providing products that are environmentally friendly without sacrificing performance.


Free Webinar: Prepping an Inspection Plan

Coating inspectors equipped with a thorough plan will be better positioned to navigate complex coatings specifications, and a new webinar offers an assist in developing one.


New Standard Underway for Pigment Loss

ASTM is proposing a new standard that will provide definitive instructions for conducting a pigment loss on ignition test.


OSHA Adds 3 Years for Crane Rule

Federal safety officials are giving employers an extra three years to make sure crane operators are competent to operate the equipment safely.


Bridge Engineer Impostor Fined

He avoided prison for his crimes, but a Pennsylvania contractor will have to muster up another $50,000 fine for forging approvals on hundreds of bridge and highway plans in 13 states, author...


OSHA Top 10 Sounds Grim Refrain

For the third straight year, fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory protection violations—in that order—lead the list of federal health and safety citations issue...


Free Webinar Shores Up Offshore

The harsh environment of the offshore gas and oil industry has led to new technologies and methods to overcome maintenance challenges.


Bridge Engineer Impostor Sentenced

A Pennsylvania contractor who admitted forging the approval of unwitting engineers on hundreds of bridge and highway plans in 13 states has been sentenced to house arrest.


Waterjetting Splashes into Free Webinar

Waterjetting fills a wide variety of removal and cleaning needs in coatings work, but how does it affect later coatings and what standards guide the process?


Construction Tabs Silica Plan at $3.9B

Unworkable, unaffordable and unnecessary is the construction industry’s final judgment on a federal proposal to reduce worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica.


Backlash Stalls OSHA Reporting Rule

Widespread employer concern over the public reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses has prompted U.S. regulators to rethink the plan.


Green Seal Weighs New Coating Standard

More coatings, stains, paints, sealers and finishes than ever may be eligible for Green Seal certification as the organization works to revise its standards.


Execs Get Prison in Record DBE Fraud

The largest Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) fraud in U.S. history—300 contracts totaling more than $136 million—is sending two more Pennsylvania highway construction executives to pr...


Corrosion Salaries Head Up and Down

North American corrosion professionals are significantly outearning their European counterparts, according to a new survey by NACE International.


CA Eyes Major Lead Level Changes

California regulators are moving closer to slashing lead exposure limits for workers, calling the current standards outdated and harmful to human health.


Accident Burns 7 at Site of OSHA Critic

A foundry owner critical of federal health and safety regulations is now dealing with a horrific workplace accident that sprayed his workers with molten metal.


‘Major’ Changes Loom for Coating Makers

With the ink barely dry on the last round of new regulatory limits, paint and coating manufacturers are in for more.


New How-To Offers Lead Guidance

Detecting lead and other toxic metals in existing coatings—a crucial prerequisite to developing a coating maintenance strategy—is the topic of a new instructional video on PaintSquare.


SSPC Revises Zinc Primer Standard

Testing and performance requirements for highly pigmented primers containing zinc dust are part of new revisions to a standard from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


Containment Safety Opens Video Series

Assuring proper ventilation inside containment, a life-or-death issue, kicks off a new PaintSquare Video Learning Center educational series.


Employers Call to Withdraw Silica Rule

Construction employers across the industry are urging the federal government to withdraw its proposed rule on silica exposure, saying the measure is “significantly flawed” and “will do littl...


Coating Makers Seek Silica Exemption

Monitoring paint manufacturing for excess silica exposure would cost $700,000—10 times the federal government's estimate—and is unnecessary, the American Coatings Association says.


The Case for Commercial Coatings

ORLANDO—Commercial coatings protect buildings as surely as industrial coatings protect infrastructure, so why are there so few standards and certifications for the former?


O, Canada, This Sounds Familiar

ORLANDO-When it comes to industrial protective coatings, what happens in Canada (or Australia or Indonesia or the U.S.) doesn't stay in Canada (or Australia or Indonesia or the U.S.).


JPCL at 30: Evolution and Revolution

Anniversaries and birthdays are funny things, and can be seen in positive and negative lights: They speak to endurance, repetition, the inevitability of time passing, growth, and decline.


Coatings Crowd Converges on FL

Exhibit and housing space are long gone, and dozens of expert-led sessions are ready to roll, as more than 2,000 industry professionals pour into Orlando, FL, today (Feb. 10) for SSPC 2014 f...


NACE Expands Training to Middle East

NACE International has announced plans to open a new corrosion control training facility in Dubai, UAE.


First Colorant VOC Limits Take Effect

Industrial maintenance and specialty coatings in Southern California are beginning the new year under the nation's first VOC restrictions for colorants.


SSPC Announces New Polyurea Standard

Performance requirements for polyurea and polyurea/polyurethane hybrid coatings used to protect industrial structures are the focus of a new technical standard by SSPC: The Society for Prote...


Cancer Study Backs Silica Plan

Millions of American workers, including abrasive blasters and construction laborers, could benefit from a federal proposal to limit silica exposure on the job, concludes a new study publishe...


SSPC Launches Free Mobile App

Standards, events, JPCL articles and other resources for coatings professionals on the go is now available as a free mobile app from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


Silica Rule Comment Period Extended

Opponents of a federal proposal to limit worker exposure to silica have won additional time to comment on the plan, but the rest of the process is moving forward as scheduled, regulators say...


L.A. Sues over Crumbling $240M Runway

The City of Los Angeles has filed suit against four construction firms that built a $240 million airport runway that is deteriorating and “unfit” after just six years.


Falls Again Top OSHA Violations

Employers may not be getting the message about fall protection, according to a new ranking that keeps those violations well atop a new Top 10 list of federal health and safety citations.


OSHA Publishes Proposed Silica Rule

Federal officials are now inviting public comment on a controversial proposal to limit worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica.


Standards Urged for Nuclear Concrete

Outdated standards, coatings issues, and no concrete repair code for nuclear power plants top a list of red flags cited by experts in a new report on the needs of the aging nuclear industry.


A Scramble to Meet New Energy Codes

Sweeping federal changes are coming very soon to a commercial building energy code near you, with implications for building systems in every U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbi...


New Standard Offers Boon for BIM

The fast-growing Building Information Modeling community is moving toward a common language with a new standard designed to improve the consistency and precision of Building Information Mode...


Battle Lines Drawn over Silica Rule

A showdown is quickly shaping up over a new federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, pitting a new group of construction employers against organized labor and safety ...


Contractor Error Cited in Deadly Blast

Federal inspectors are holding a utility contractor primarily responsible for a natural-gas explosion that leveled a Kansas City restaurant and killed one of its employees in February.


NSRP Seeks New Research Proposals

New coatings and surface prep technologies and other solutions for decreasing ship ownership costs, improving standards and reducing environmental impacts are some of the goals for a new rou...


SHARP Employers to Keep OSHA Breaks

Federal health and safety officials have dropped a plan to increase their scrutiny of so-called “exemplary employers” who participate in recognition programs.


Chemical Disasters Spark New U.S. Order

The U.S. is moving to crack down on chemical safety and security in the wake of a growing series of catastrophic chemical accidents, including the April plant explosion that killed 15 people...


SSPC Sets Wastewater Coating Standard

Performance requirements for certain concrete coatings used at wastewater facilities are the focus of a new standard by SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


2013 Corrosion Salaries Set Records

Call it a rust-to-riches story. Corrosion careers are paying better than ever, with record-high average annual salaries for professionals in the United States, Canada and the European Union,...


Abu Dhabi to Certify Safer Paints

End users of certain interior and exterior paints in the United Arab Emirates will soon have a new tool to determine the safety of the products they choose.


Contractors Indicted in 10-Year Fraud

A North Carolina construction company and five individuals have been charged in a massive fraud that allegedly used bogus small-business and disadvantaged-business designations to obtain mor...


Painting of 5 Tanks Up for Bid

A water utility in Maryland is inviting bids for cleaning, lead abatement and recoating of four hydro-pneumatic storage tanks and one elevated water tank in California, MD.


Video How-to Offers VIS 3 Tips

A free video tutorial on how to use SSPC’s VIS 3 surface preparation reference guide is now available as part of the PaintSquare Video Education Series.


SSPC Elects New Board Members

A Dryco executive and an industrial painting project manager have been elected the newest members of SSPC’s Board of Governors, the association announced.


How-to Helps Measure Surface Conditions

A how-to guide to properly measuring ambient conditions is the latest in an original series of video tutorials presented by KTA-Tator Inc. and produced by PaintSquare.


SSPC Updates Mineral Abrasive Spec

An expanded list of abrasives and clarification of testing responsibilities are among the new updates to an abrasive specification from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


How-to Helps Measure Surface Profile

A hands-on guide to accurately measuring surface profile depth is the latest in an original series of video tutorials presented by KTA-Tator Inc. and produced by PaintSquare.


New OSHA Rule on Cranes to Begin

Underground construction and demolition must soon follow the same crane and derrick standards that now apply to the rest of the construction industry, under new federal rules set to take eff...


Free Videos Offer Film Thickness Demos

Hands-on demonstrations of two popular coating thickness gages are the latest free offerings in an original 30-part series of video tutorials presented by KTA-Tator Inc. and produced by Pain...


NACE Names Education Director

NACE International - The Corrosion Society has announced the appointment of Matthew M. Miller as Director of Education.


Blast QC Opens Video Learning Series

A how-to guide to determining blast cleanliness opens an original 30-part series of video tutorials presented by KTA-Tator Inc. and produced by PaintSquare.


SSPC Revises ‘Paint 23’ Primer Standard

Performance requirements for latex primer used on steel surfaces are the focus of a newly updated coating standard by SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


ASTM Updates Nuclear Coating Standards

Nuclear coatings performance monitoring, inspection training, and specialist qualifications are the focus of three newly revised standards by ASTM International.


SSPC 2013 Video Sessions Released

Coating projects at heights, ice-phobic coatings for wind turbines, coatings for immersion service and other critical topics are among nearly two dozen newly released video presentations fro...


Ruling: Communications Doomed Worker

One emergency radio system—rather than a protracted chain of cell-phone calls—could have helped save the life of bridge worker Tilden Billiot, a federal review panel has concluded.


Cert Programs Join New NACE Institute

NACE International has moved its corrosion certification programs to the new NACE International Institute.


Chevron Fined $1M in Refinery Fire

Chevron's apparent decision to ignore its own inspectors' decade-old recommendation to replace a corroded, leaking pipe has triggered a record fine against the oil company in the blast and b...


Protective, Marine Coatings Star in TX

SAN ANTONIO—Advanced coating technology to protect the world's infrastructure, ships and military assets will dominate a full slate of technical sessions, panel discussions, awards and prese...


New Hose Color Coding to Start in New Year

The new color-coding scheme for pressure hoses adopted by the WaterJet Technology Association-Industrial & Municipal Cleaning Association (WJTA-IMCA) will take effect Jan. 1, 2013.


Cleveland Seeks Station Facelift Bids

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is inviting bids for platform repairs and coating work at two rail stations.


OSHA Corrects Record on U.S. Minerals

Abrasives maker U.S. Minerals has paid its $700,000 fine in full and has complied fully with the terms of its summer settlement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA s...


Abrasives Maker Settles 8 OSHA Cases

U.S. Minerals, one of the largest U.S. producers of coal slag products, has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle 141 federal health and safety citations stemming from egregious respiratory and o...


OSHA Seeks Input on Cutting Red Tape

Attempting to improve and streamline existing construction standards, the federal government is seeking public input on rules that can be pruned, clarified or pitched.


Paint Chemical Maker Fined in Blast

An explosion at a Georgia plant that makes paint and coating chemicals has drawn 20 federal citations and $77,000 in fines for a “wide range of safety hazards.”


Certifier SCS Has New Name, Services

Veteran third-party certifier Scientific Certification Systems Inc. has adopted a new corporate identity and certification mark to reflect its expanded services to the paint, coatings and ot...


New NACE Standard Targets Pipeline MIC

A new NACE standard tackles critical testing and diagnosis of a severe threat to pipeline interiors—microbiologically influenced corrosion.


Research Puts Heat on Flame Retardants

Flame retardants are backfiring when it comes to building safety, and current building codes that mandate the chemicals' use should be re-examined, new research warns.


New Antifouling Guide, Papers Available

A reliable methodology for determining the efficacy of antifouling coatings is the topic of a free new guidance document developed by the International Paint and Printing Ink Council’s (IPPI...


ASTM Targets Green Product Claims

Amid a rising backlash against "greenwashing" claims, ASTM International has unveiled a new program that seeks to clarify the full cradle-to-grave environmental impact of a product.


New High-Temp Coating Tackles CUI

Sherwin-Williams has introduced an immersion-grade, single-component coating for protection against corrosion under insulation in the oil and gas industry.


Fall Violations Lead OSHA’s Top 10

Fall-protection violations are now the leading cause of federal health and safety violations by employers, overtaking scaffolding violations for the first time in four years, new preliminary...


Questions Shadow Nuclear Cracking

The discovery of cracks last year in an uncoated nuclear shield structure raised questions among federal regulators that were not publicly disclosed at the time, according to newly released ...


Expert Webinar Explains SSPC’s New PA2

Navigating the demands of SSPC’s long-awaited overhaul to PA 2 will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar sponsored by SSPC and JPCL.


Push for Paperless Paint, Pruned Prep

Less grinding, new coating protocols, and something called “paperless paint” top the crop of research projects that will share $1.8 million in new funding from the National Shipbuilding Rese...


UK Warns of Offshore Grating Failure

Fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) deck gratings used in the offshore industry may fail, or lose integrity, after short exposure to hydrocarbon pool fires, UK health and safety regulators are wa...


SSPC Releases 4 New PA Standards

SSPC has introduced four new Paint Application (PA) standards related to profile measurement, polyurea application, steel test panels, and scribe undercutting.


AISC to Issue New Bridge Certification

The American Institute of Steel Construction will post new rules and regulations Oct. 1 for its updated Bridge Quality Management System (QMS) Certification Program.


Brushes Made for Safer Application

New Habit Inc. has introduced a series of ergonomically designed, long-handled brushes aimed at safer, faster, more comfortable application of protective coatings.


Utility Touts New Fix for Nuke Rebar

Its first idea shot down by federal regulators, Southern Nuclear has proposed additional concrete reinforcement to remedy noncompliant rebar being used in new construction at the Vogtle Nucl...


ACA Cheers Plan to Pre-empt EPA Rules

Coatings manufacturers, chemical makers and other business groups are cheering a new federal bill that would bar the U.S. Environmental Agency from regulating chemical facility security.


Webinar Tackles New SSPC Spec Standard

An important new SSPC standard on the specification implications of surface profile/roughness will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar sponsored by JPCL and SSPC.


EPA Offers ‘Flexibility’ on Cement Rule

Bowing to a federal-court ruling and industry pressure, the Environmental Protection Agency will offer more implementation time and other “compliance flexibilities” to its 2010 air standards...


SSPC, NACE Replace Waterjet Standard

Four new waterjetting standards will replace SSPC-SP 12/NACE No. 5, the joint standard, “Surface Preparation and Cleaning of Metals by Waterjetting Prior to Recoating,” according to SSPC: Th...


SSPC Revises QP 5

SSPC has revised its QP 5, “Standard Procedure for Evaluating the Qualifications of Coating and Lining Inspection Companies” in format and content.


SSPC Revises DFT Standard

SSPC has announced that it has made technical revisions and editorial clarifications to its coating application standard, SSPC-PA 2, Procedure For Determining Conformance To Dry Coating Thic...


Free Webinar Tackles New Waterjetting Standards

Detailed new waterjetting standards, coming soon from SSPC and NACE, will be the topic of a free webinar July 9 sponsored by JPCL and SSPC.


Nuke Pipe Coatings to Get 1st Standard

An ASTM standard now in development aims to bridge the critical gap between today’s coating technology and yesterday’s aging nuclear power plant pipes.


New Global Standard Tackles Concrete’s Environmental Impact

ISO, the world’s leading international standards organization, has developed a new standard to help the construction industry better manage the global environmental impact of concrete.


JPCL Top Thinker Offers ‘Paint Inspector’s Field Guide’

Veteran coating specialist Lee Wilson has just released the Paint Inspector’s Field Guide, a comprehensive guide to the coatings inspection process.


OSHA Holds Firm on PPE Requirement

Federal safety officials have nixed a congressman’s request to ease up on requirements that oil and gas workers wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


Audit: OSHA Too Slow on Rule Making

For those who view the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a slash-and-burn regulatory monster, the General Accountability Office begs to differ.


Cloud-Based System Monitors Pipelines

Willbros Group Inc. has teamed up with GeoEye Inc. to offer a cloud-based pipeline integrity management system that integrates real-time pipeline data with high-resolution commercial satelli...


Free SSPC 2012 Video Sessions Released

Coating performance, concrete maintenance, corrosion under insulation and other critical topics covered at SSPC 2012 are now available as free downloadable video presentations.


ASTM Releases Coating Standards CD-ROM

The latest coating test methods, terminology and more are featured on ASTM International’s comprehensive new compilation of paint and coating standards on CD-ROM.


OSHA Offers $1.2M in Training Grants

Fall protection, shipyard safety, and crane and chemical hazards are among the critical health and safety areas eligible for new training grants from the Department of Labor.


Court Tosses OSHA Claims in $2M Case

Employers hit with OSHA’s most serious—and expensive—citations may have new leverage for appeal, as long as they “did not do nothing,” a new federal-court ruling concludes.


TruQC Eases Painting Site Paperwork

TruQC, of St. Louis, MO, has launched a suite of cloud-based apps for job-site documentation for the iPad, developed for industrial painting by industrial painting workers.


Potty Pavement Flushed with Success

New sidewalks laden with hundreds of crushed toilets—yes, toilets—have earned the world’s very first Greenroads certification in Bellingham, WA.


Report: Errors Plagued Doomed Bridge

From “the wrong” materials to lack of inspection to indifference to standard engineering practices, numerous factors doomed Indonesia’s “Golden Gate Bridge,” which collapsed catastrophically...


AkzoNobel Seeks UK Quality Manager

AkzoNobel, the world’s largest paint and coatings company, has an opening for a Supply Chain Quality Manager in the UK and Ireland.


4th Global Marine Coatings Forum Set

New antifouling technology, coatings performance, global maritime standards, environmental regulations and more will be on the agenda when the fourth Global Marine Coatings Forum convenes la...


ASTM Revises Measurement, Fog Chamber Standards

Measuring the surface profile of blast-cleaned steel and operating procedures for salt spray (fog) apparatus are the subjects of two standards recently revised by ASTM International.


New Gardner Paint Test Manual Released

After 16 years, ASTM has published a 15th edition of the venerable Gardner-Sward Handbook, encompassing the latest information on significant paint and coating test methods and techno...


NACE Issues New Marine Coating Standard

NACE International has developed a new coatings documentation standard designed to ease compliance with International Maritime Organization protective coatings requirements .


Webinar Clarifies SSPC QP Standards

Navigating the requirements of SSPC’s Painting Contractor Certification Program will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


Lloyd’s Sets Marine Coating Web Series

Lloyd’s Register has developed a new series of online coatings inspection courses, designed to ensure compliance with marine coating standards and promote maritime safety.


ASTM Revises 2 Zinc Coating Standards

ASTM International has revised two zinc coating standards for steel and iron applications: one for measuring coating weight and one for electrodeposited coatings.


Akzo Powder Coatings Get SMaRT

AkzoNobel has become the first coatings company to achieve so-called SMaRT certification for the life-cycle sustainability of one of its coating lines.


Report: OSHA Toothless, Paralyzed

Defying popular wisdom that paints OSHA as a regulatory monster run amok, a new report contends that the federal agency is actually attempting little and accomplishing even less.


ASTM Updates Coating Test Standard

ASTM International has reissued its standard guide for testing industrial protective coatings, with editorial changes.


Waterjet Group OKs Hose Color Coding

Hoses of red, silver, green, blue, orange and yellow will soon color the waterjetting landscape, as the industry begins to adopt a new safety scheme designed to better identify the pressure ...


ASTM Drafting Test for Sewer Coatings

ASTM International is developing a standard to help evaluate protective coatings for sewerage systems with a new test specific to these coatings.


Supplier Admits Selling Bad Bridge Concrete

A Maryland quality-control director has admitted falsely certifying that precast concrete made by his company for highway and bridge projects met government standards.


ASSE Sets Standard for Safer Design

Prevention through Design—the long-held safety philosophy that many occupational hazards can be headed off by more careful design—has finally left the “nice idea” phase and become a standard...


New ASTM Paint Guide Eases Sampling

A new ASTM guide standardizes a useful, fast and easy technique for collecting infrared spectra of non-aqueous liquid paints right out of the can.


SSPC Extends Reach To Commercial/Light Industrial

SSPC: the Society for Protective Coatings is making a new push into the commercial/light industrial coatings sector.


Asbestos Scam Draws 7-Year Prison Term

The former owner of the largest U.S. asbestos abatement training school has been sentenced to 87 months in prison for running a business built on thousands of untrained, undocumented workers...


SSPC Reauthorized as Training Provider

Coatings professionals who complete SSPC training and certification will continue to receive Continuing Education Units, as the Society for Protective Coatings renews its status as an author...


OSHA Issues Plan for High-Hazard Sites

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting 2011 (SST-11) program, to help the agency direct enforcement resourc...


European Industrial Painters Launch Association

Industrial painting contractors in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands have formalized their growing cooperation by founding a new organization.


Scaffold Group Adds ‘Access’ to Name

The Scaffold Industry Association has changed its name, effective Oct. 1, to incorporate other access equipment.


ASTM Crafting First Dry Fall Standard

ASTM International is seeking the input of coating manufacturers, architects, engineers, facility owners and end users as it develops the first standard for determining the dry-fall properti...


SSPC Launches PCI Level 3

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced the release of the next level of its Protective Coatings Inspector (PCI) program: PCI Level 3.


SafeWorks Plant Earns ISO 9001 Certification

Access equipment manufacturer SafeWorks LLC has received ISO 9001:2008 certification for its Seattle production facility, the company has announced.


OSHA Survey Seeks Employer Input

Employers who have longed to give a piece of their minds to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration now have the chance to do so.


Joint Standard Certifies Paint Shops

Industrial painting companies that shop-apply protective coatings systems may now seek certification under a new standard jointly developed by two leading technical organizations.


ASTM Sets Open Time Standard, Revises Humidity Test

ASTM International has established a new standard for determining paint “open time” and has revised its standard for testing water resistance of coatings under 100% relative humidity.


ASTM Debuts Concrete Profile Standard

ASTM’s Industrial Protective Coatings subcommittee has developed a new standard for replicating and measuring concrete surface profiles—one of the most important characteristics of a coating...


ASTM Introduces Corrosion Cost Tool, Updates Standard Coatings Terms

ASTM has developed its first standard for evaluating the lifecycle cost of corrosion protection systems and has revised its standard for coatings terms.


Free Book Aims to Boost Lift Safety

Declaring that “untrained operators should never, ever operate aerials,” the International Powered Access Federation has released a free download that details best practices for aerial work ...


New ASTM Book Compiles Protective Coating Standards

ASTM has released Standards for Protective Coating Application and Inspection, a new compilation of 67 industry standards.


SSPC Adds Disciplinary Action for Fatalities

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has revised its Disciplinary Action Criteria to establish sanctions for SSPC-certified contractors who have a workplace fatality.


SSPC Begins Revision of Soluble Salt Standard

SSPC is beginning its five-year revision and update of SSPC-Guide 15, Field Methods for Retrieval and Analysis of Soluble Salts on Steel and Other Nonporous Substrates.


ASTM Revises 2 Traffic Paint-Related Standards

ASTM International has revised two standards relating to traffic paint: D868 - Standard Test Method for Evaluating Degree of Bleeding of Traffic Paint and D1155 - Standard Test Met...


ASTM Compiles Protective Coatings Standards

ASTM International has published ASTM Standards for Protective Coating Application and Inspection, a compilation featuring the latest research on protective-coating application and in...


New US Railcar Standards Include Coatings, Prep

Requirements for surface preparation, paints and protective coatings are among thousands of specifications detailed in Amtrak’s new uniform technical standards for the manufacture of high-sp...


OSHA Crackdown on Chromium Hits WI Company

A Wisconsin plating company faces a $74,500 fine and 53 citations as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues to tighten its focus on Hexavalent Chromium, a carcinogenic c...


Five Achieve SSPC PCS in Dubai

Five industrial coatings professionals recently became certified SSPC Protective Coatings Specialists (PCS) after taking the PCS exam in Dubai.


ASTM Updates Standards for Pavement Markings

ASTM International has developed one new standard and revised a second one regarding testing and practices involving pavement marking paints.


ASTM Revises 2 Adhesion Test Methods

ASTM International has revised Standards D2197 and D4541, regarding test methods for adhesion of organic coatings and for pull-off strength of coatings.


ASTM Seeks Volunteers to Test Adhesion Standard

A task group under ASTM subcommittee D.01.46 is asking for volunteers to participate in testing the adhesion test standard ASTM D7234 – 05.


SSPC Releases 2 New Coatings Standards

Performance requirements for a two-component epoxy primer coating and moisture-cured polyurethane coating system are the subject of two new standards from SSPC: The Society for Protective Co...


New U.S. Rule Would Mandate Tunnel Inspections

Transportation departments and other tunnel owners would be required to inspect highway tunnels by prescribed standards, under a new rule being proposed by the Federal Highway Administration...


ASTM Panel at Work on Steel-Lifecycle Standards

ASTM Subcommittee A05.13 on Structural Shapes and Hardware Specifications announced that work is under way on proposed new standards that will be used to evaluate the costs of steel construc...


ASTM Seeks Labs for Surface Study

ASTM International and its Committee D01.46 on Industrial Protective Coatings are seeking laboratories to participate in an inter-lab study on measurement of certain abrasive blast-cleaned s...


MPI Updates Recycled Paint Standards

MPI, developer of architectural paint standards, has announced updates for a variety of its standards, including several relating to recycled paints.


MasterFormat Revisions Include Polished Concrete

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) announced updates to MasterFormat® that include new specifications related to polished concrete a...


Bayer Joins MPI’s ‘Starting Point Formula’ Club

Bayer MaterialScience LLC has joined an exclusive group of coatings raw materials manufacturers—exclusive for now, at any rate—that have succeeded in getting “starting-point formulations” l...


Thomas Langill to Head ASTM Panel

Thomas Langill, Ph.D., technical director at the American Galvanizers Association in Centennial, Colo., has been elected chairman of ASTM International Committee A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron ...


SSPC Certifies GPI-Southeast to QP 5

SSPC has announced that GPI-Southeast, Inc., of Florida, has met the certification requirements of the SSPC-QP 5 program.


Fletcher Named ASTM D01 Chairman

John Fletcher, technical support manager at Elcometer Ltd. in Manchester, England, has been named chairman of ASTM International Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials and Ap...


SCS to Certify Residential Products

Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a third-party environmental certifier, will begin to offer its indoor air quality certification to paints, wallcoverings, insulation and other residen...


Webinar on Fire-Resistant Coatings To Be Sponsored by Quantum

The Quantum Group of Companies will sponsor the SSPC-JPCL Education Series Webinar on “Fire-Resistant Coatings,” one of 20 webinars in the series to be offered during 2010.


MADCAD to Manage Online Codes, Standards

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded MADCAD.com a one-year subscription contract for online access to more than 800 building codes and standards from ASHRAE, ASME, BHMA, ICC and NFPA.


ISEA Updates Safety Apparel Standard

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has updated the national consensus standard for high-visibility safety apparel to provide criteria and test requirements for garments ma...


Landmark Green-Building Standard 189.1 Published

ASHRAE announced publication of Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, a landmark standard that the organization ...


MPI Unveils ‘Extreme Green’ Standard

MPI, the North American developer of green coatings performance standards, is adding a rigorous new ‘Extreme Green’ (X-Green) standard to its lineup.


ASSE Plans ‘Prevention Through Design’ Rules

With so many workplace accidents preventable by better designs, the American Society of Safety Engineers has launched an initiative to develop “Prevention Through Design” standards.


Standard Sets Additive Terminology

The additive manufacturing industry can now speak the same language, with the approval of a new standard by ASTM.


OSHA Booklet Outlines Chromium Standards

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published Hexavalent Chromium, a booklet outlining industry standards for protecting painters, welders, and other worke...


MPI Launches Raw Materials Program

MPI, developer of architectural paint standards and quality assurance programs in North America, has launched its “Starting Point” program for paint raw materials suppliers.


EPA Seeks Tougher Smog Standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on January 7, 2010, that it is proposing to replace the March 2008 smog standard with the strictest health standards to date for smog...


MPI Lists Newly Approved Coatings

The Master Painters Institute (MPI), located in British Columbia, Canada, has named the paints and coatings that passed MPI testing this month.


Lloyd’s Approves SSPC Coatings Inspector Program

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced that effective December 1, 2009, Lloyd’s Register, the world’s largest commercial shipping classification society, has approved SSPC’s...


Green Performance Standard Approved for Stains

Green Seal, the independent certifying agency, has approved GS-47, a new environmental standard for stains and finishes.


ANSI OKs Construction Mold Standard

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the first national standard to focus solely on mold and moisture issues in the construction of new buildings.


ASTM Adds Certification Programs

Venerable standards developer ASTM International has announced that it will offer certification services for materials, products, services, systems and personnel.


OSHA Seeks Comments on Construction Safety and Health

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is inviting comments for the meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH), scheduled for December 10-1...


Applicator Training Program Released

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER; Gainesville, FL) has announced that the Center and NACE International have developed a training and certification program ...


Thermal Spray Certification in Development

ASM International, a technical and educational society for materials science and engineering, is working closely with the ASM Thermal Spray Society (TSS) to develop the thermal spray industr...


Revised Fall Standard Approved

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has announced that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently approved the newly revised voluntary consensus standard, “Definit...


ASTM Panel Issues 2 New Paint Standards

An ASTM International Committee has approved two new standards regarding architectural coating touch-up properties and ink stainblocking of paint systems.


Dryvit Gets New ISO Certification

Dryvit Systems has earned the latest quality management standard issued by the International Organization for Standardization.


ASTM Proposing New Traffic Standards

ASTM International Subcommittee D01.44 on Traffic Coatings, part of Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials, and Applications, is working on two proposed new standards coverin...


ASTM Releases New Building Codes

The 46th Edition of ASTM Standards in Building Codes is now available from ASTM International in print, DVD and online.


New ASTM Standard on Corrosion

ASTM International (W. Conshohocken, PA) has developed a new corrosion-related standard, G199, Guide for Electrochemical Noise Measurement.


NARI Adds Certifications, Cuts Fees

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has announced two new certification programs, temporarily rolled back prices for its certification, and overhauled testing for its ...


ISEA Seeks Comments on Standards

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) announces that draft revisions to its voluntary consensus standards for emergency eyewash, shower equipment, and high-visibility safety ...


ASSE Revises SH&E Training Standard

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has announced the availability of the newly revised American National Standard ANSI/ASSE Z490.1-2009 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety...


OSHA Asked to Tighten Noise Standard

The International Safety Equipment Association has petitioned the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to promulgate a standard that would lower the Permissible Exposure Limit for o...


Review of Green-Building Standard Begins

ASHRAE announced the launch of a third public-review period of proposed Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.


ISO Certifies Sto on Environmental Management

Sto Corp. has been awarded the ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System certification for all North American Sto Corp. locations. The certification was granted by SGS, the world's larg...


OSHA Issues Respirator Selection Details

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued Assigned Protection Factors for the Revised Respiratory Protection Standard (OSHA 3352-02 2009), a detailed guide to respirator s...


OSHA Extends Comment Period for Crane Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended until May 18 the post-hearing comment period for its proposed standard on cranes and derricks in construction.


6 Contractors Earn Ethics Certificates

The American Subcontractors Association has honored six subcontracting firms with its first ASA Excellence in Ethics Certificates, a program developed by ASA “to recognize companies that str...


PDCA Seeks Comment on Decorative Finishing Standard

The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) are seeking public and member comment on the organization’s latest proposed standard P19-09: “Definition and Application of Decorati...


Green Seal Extends Recertification for Cleaners

Green Seal has extended the deadline for re-certifying products under its recently revised Environmental Standard for Industrial & Institutional Cleaners, GS-37 (2008). The new deadline for ...


 
 
   

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