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Alert, New App Flag Heat Dangers

WASHINGTON--Common sense is still failing to protect dozens of workers from dying and thousands from falling ill as summer's heat clamps down, federal officials say.


EPA Tightens Rules for Storage Tanks

WASHINGTON--Stepped-up containment, training and inspection will soon be required under newly revised federal regulations meant to prevent hazardous releases from the nation's 571,000 underg...


New Bill Targets U.S. Lead Rules

WASHINGTON--Five years into the rigorous new world of federal lead-safe contracting rules, there are signs of softening.


New U.S. Guide Aids Transgender Workers

WASHINGTON--Caitlyn Jenner may be the world's most famous transgender face, but she's not the only one—and all transgender workers have federal protections, regulators are reminding employer...


High Court Lets Lead Cases Proceed

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Deflecting an appeal by U.S. paint makers, the U.S. Supreme Court will allow a teenager to press his claim of lead-paint poisoning, even though he cannot identify the manufa...


Appeal Upholds Years of Chemical Fines

WASHINGTON, DC—Coating makers, chemical plants, refineries and other employers that use hazardous chemicals may be in for much larger, and longer-running, safety penalties than they realize,...


Coating Makers Roll Out Hazard Labels

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Coatings Association has introduced a variety of materials to help employers comply with new federal hazmat communications requirements.


OSHA Turns to Cell Tower Safety

WASHINGTON, DC—The rising death toll from maintenance and construction of communications towers is drawing new attention from federal health and safety regulators.


PG&E Fined $1.6B for 2010 Blast

SAN FRANCISCO—Pacific Gas and Electric Company will pay a record $1.6 billion fine for committing 2,425 violations related to the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, California regulat...


'Booze and Snooze' Scandal Rocks Plant

The world's largest wastewater treatment facility has suspended at least nine workers after a plant security officer accidentally broadcast a slur- and obscenity-laced description of a secre...


Free Webinar Focuses on Vapor Blasting

Using water to suppress airborne dust during abrasive blasting can achieve the same power as dry blasting, according to an upcoming webinar.


EPA to Weigh Fate of Paint Strippers

After deaths, warnings and restrictions elsewhere, the United States is taking another step on the road toward limiting the use of two toxic chemicals used in paint removers.


Employers Challenge Silica Rule Cost

The U.S. government's plan to reduce worker exposure to deadly silica will cost about 10 times more than advertised, the proposal's critics contend.


Free Webinar Tackles Coatings Training

Selecting protective coatings for harsh oil and gas environments requires extensive knowledge of industry standards and practical experience.


China Slaps VOC Tax on Coatings

Coating manufacturers worldwide will help subsidize the cleanup of China's notoriously foul air through a new tax on Volatile Organic Content in paints and coatings.


Free Webinar to Hone Specs Appeal

Industrial painting projects are only as good as the specifications that guide them. But how do you prepare an effective specification that will help the contractor succeed?


EPA Floats Aerospace Coating Rule

U.S. environmental authorities are proposing to tighten emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coatings used in aviation and aerospace manufacturing or repair.


Coating Makers See Cuban Opening

U.S. coating and building materials makers may now ship goods to Cuba for some renovation projects, under newly approved federal regulations.


EPA Proposes New TDI Limits

Certain chemicals used in coatings and sealants could face restricted levels in consumer products under a newly proposed rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Free Webinar Navigates Tricky Rigging

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


EPA Sued to Act on Stormwater

Seeking again to force Uncle Sam's hand, environmental groups are demanding a court-ordered deadline for federal rules to control runoff from construction projects and developments.


Injury Reporting to Increase Jan. 1

It shouldn't take three employees hospitalized at once before an employer is required to report the accident that led to it, federal safety officials say.


EPA Deems Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

In a decision widely viewed as a victory for the coal industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled a final rule that classifies coal combustion residuals (CCRs) as solid—n...


Concrete Maker's Plea Averts Prison

The owner of an asphalt company who doctored the scene of his employee's fatal accident will pay $20,000 in fines and restitution to the victim's widow, but avoid a jail sentence, under a fe...


Dust Rule Shelved in OSHA's 2015 Plan

Combustible dust, a common source of fatal explosions and fast-burning fires in a variety of industries, has once again been moved to the regulatory back burner.


30 Years on, Lessons from a Catastrophe

Invoking the 1984 tank explosion that ignited the world's worst industrial disaster, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has issued an urgent new call for measures to improve chemical handling sa...


Coal Ash Rule Goes to the Wire

Four and a half years after it was proposed and one year after a federal judge demanded a decision, a rule to determine the disposal fate of coal waste has—theoretically—reached its last sto...


Bay Bridge Birds Draining Nest Egg

The new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is up and running, but on the project to demolish its predecessor, another issue has taken flight.


NIOSH Trumpets Ways to 'Buy Quiet'

Construction work is not just dangerous; it's deafening, warn health officials, who are sounding an alarm to save what's left of workers' hearing.


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.


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.


OSHA Launches Sweeping PEL Review

How can the U.S. ensure worker health and safety amid thousands of hazardous chemicals now in use in the workplace—without creating thousands of new rules?


Pipe Plant Settles Lead Issues with EPA

A now defunct pipe production plant will pay almost $1 million dollars and take steps to lower its lead emissions in an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency.


Coating Makers Seek Delay on Risk RFI

Calling the data demands too much and too soon, U.S. paint and coating makers have requested three additional months to produce information on their risk-management plans for chemical releas...


Feds: Onshore Oil Boom Raises Concerns

U.S. oil and gas production is booming faster than regulators can manage, creating risks for the public, pipelines and other transportation networks, a new government audit warns.


U.S. Focuses on Temp Worker Safety

Aiming to avert simple mistakes that can kill or maim untrained workers in their first day on a job, the U.S. has issued new guidance for employers charged with safety.


U.S. Beryllium Proposal Advances

After nearly 12 years in the pipeline, a federal plan to reduce beryllium exposure in the workplace has moved to the White House for final review.


Utility Fined $1.4B in CA Disaster

The California Public Utilities Commission has proposed a $1.4 billion fine—its largest ever—against Pacific Gas & Electric for thousands of state and federal pipeline violations and a catas...


REACH Targets Corrosion Chemicals

Nine chemicals, including one used to make coated galvanized steel and several used in anti-corrosion surface treatments, have joined the European Commission’s list of "substances of high co...


Powder Coatings Set for Global Surge

Buoyed by their regulatory-friendly green profile, powder coatings are in for several years of robust growth worldwide, a new market forecast reports.


Contractor to Pay Whistleblowers $1M

Two drivers and a foreman who were fired by a Michigan paving contractor after raising safety concerns will receive nearly $1 million in back wages and damages under a federal settlement.


U.S. to Shutter Hazmat Deadbeats

Federal officials have a message for hazmat penalty dodgers: Pay up or shut down.


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.


OSHA: No Fine in Fatal PA Blast

Unable to pinpoint the cause of a fatal natural-gas explosion in southwestern Pennsylvania, federal regulators say they will not issue citations in the case.


Lead Rule for Public Projects Advances

U.S. regulators continue to build their case for lead-safe mandates on public and commercial projects, with the release of a draft methodology for analyzing exposures.


PG&E Faces $1.1B Criminal Indictment

A federal grand jury has accused California's largest utility of "knowingly and willfully" violating pipeline safety laws and obstructing the federal investigation into a gas-line explosion ...


EU Backs Philippines’ Anti-Lead Push

The European Union is throwing its support behind an effort to eliminate lead and mercury exposures among millions of Filipino schoolchildren.


Donald’s Sign Trumps the Rest

Money may not buy happiness, but it can bring magnificence, if you’re Donald Trump.


New Job-Site Scrutiny Follows CA Deaths

The deaths of four workers on four jobs in four days in California will be bringing more safety inspectors to construction work sites, regulators have announced.


2 Firms Fined $130K in Stadium Death

U.S. authorities are alleging willful wrongdoing in the fatal fall of a 25-year-old construction worker on the $450 million Texas A&M stadium redevelopment project


Asbestos to Land Contractor in Prison

Six months in prison, followed by six months of house arrest, and a $10,000 fine await a South Carolina renovation company owner who contaminated a beach and oceanfront properties with asbes...


OSHA Hits Powder Coatings Firm

A Wisconsin powder coatings facility faces $51,800 in federal penalties for allegedly exposing workers to toxic substances.


Canada Puts Price on Pipeline Liability

Pipeline companies in Canada will be held responsible for at least $1 billion in damages if their network leaks—no matter who is ultimately to blame.


Lessons from a Billion-Dollar Spill

Pipeline owners and operators had better learn from the many mistakes that led to a massive Midwestern spill in 2010 or face costly consequences, U.S. regulators are warning.


Jet Coatings Honored for Sustainability

A novel lightweight, longer-lasting aircraft coating system has drawn top honors from the Department of Defense, which plans to use it on a new generation of stealth jets.


Keystone XL Now Delayed Indefinitely

Two months after getting a green light from the U.S. State Department, the off-again, on-again Keystone XL project has hit a new red one. Or, at least, a long yellow.


‘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.


Study: High-Lead Paint Persists in Asia

Long banned in the U.S. and Europe, architectural paint with lead—a lot of lead—is still widely available in Asia, the world's largest coatings market, a new study concludes.


New Contractor Hiring Rules Begin

Federal contractors must now comply with affirmative-action benchmarks for hiring veterans and people with disabilities, after a legal bid failed to block one of the rules.


CA Targeting Stripper, Foam Chemicals

“Is it necessary to use this toxic chemical?” That’s the question that makers of paint strippers and spray polyurethane foam may soon have to answer in California.


‘Intensive’ Silica Hearings Open

The long-smoldering controversy over new silica limits in the workplace found its voice Tuesday (March 18) in Washington, D.C., as public hearings on the federal proposal opened.


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.


Industry Faces ‘Big Regulatory Year’

ORLANDO—Fasten your seatbelts: 2014 will break open a dam of pent-up regulatory action, expert Alison B. Kaelin is warning the paint, coatings and blasting industries.


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.).


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...


CA Agency Barges in on Google Project

Google may be Googling a new location for its “mystery barge,” after the high-profile construction project in San Francisco Bay was found to lack appropriate permits.


Metal Finishing Leads to EPA Case

A California company operating a metal finishing facility violated clean water laws by improper disposal of wastewater into the Los Angeles County Sanitation District sewer system, according...


Silica Comment Period Extended Again

Federal authorities will once again allow more time for public comment on a controversial proposal to limit worker exposure to silica.


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.


OSHA Floats 4 Possible Rule Changes

From spray finishing to chemical safety, the federal government is seeking input on four potential rule changes that could affect the coating and blasting industry.


Contractors Sue to Block Hiring Rule

U.S. open-shop construction contractors have gone to court to stop a new federal affirmative-action proposal aimed at increasing hiring of people with disabilities.


UK Backtracking on Chemical Ban

European officials want to lift a ban on professional use of a toxic paint-stripper chemical, less than two years after the European Union largely restricted its use outside of industrial ap...


Mexico Again Rejects Sherwin Deal

Mexican anti-trust regulators have once again blocked Sherwin-Williams’ push for Latin American domination, nixing the Cleveland company’s $2.34 billion bid for rival Consorcio Comex, S.A. d...


WHO Pushes Global Ban on Lead Paint

The World Health Organization is calling on countries to step up national efforts to eliminate lead paint as part of the first International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, which o...


Lead Safety Campaigns Target Paint

The U.S.'s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, focusing on the hazards of lead paint, has hit the world stage.


EPA Drops Chemical Safety Proposals

Environmental regulators have quietly scrapped their plan to tighten oversight of several controversial building and flame-retardant chemicals and require more transparency by manufacturers.


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.


EPA Adds Time to Comply with Tank Rule

Facilities that use oil and gas storage tanks are getting a reprieve on their October deadline to install emissions controls.


Bidding Challenges Focus of New Bills

Two new bills target the barriers that small businesses face in bidding for government contracts.


Congress May Speed Pipeline Permits

Pipeline projects could see quicker permitting approval under a federal bill that has supporters demanding accountability and opponents wary of environmental harm.


ACA Supports New Regulatory Legislation

Coating makers are urging Congress to lighten up on new regulations and hunker down against a regulatory pressure tactic known as “sue and settle.”


Cement Maker’s Pollution Tab: $32.5M

One of the largest cement companies in the United States will spend tens of millions of dollars in fines and new technology to resolve allegations of federal pollution violations, under a ne...


EPA to Curb Power Plant Water Toxins

Under orders from the federal courts to act, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first-ever limits on toxic metals discharged into waterways by U.S. power plants.


Foreign Control of Plants on Agenda

A June 19 public meeting is being held by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to seek comment on foreign ownership of nuclear power plants.


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...


Offshore Fires Spur New Demands on BP

For the second time in two years, regulators have ordered BP to address offshore maintenance lapses that have led to fires and risked catastrophes aboard oil and gas platforms.


Chilled Safety Culture Draws NRC Fines

A “chilled work environment” prevented nuclear facility employees from raising safety concerns—a serious safety shortcoming that has prompted fines against Chicago Bridge & Iron for its rece...


Shortcuts Revealed in Fatal FL Collapse

Five contractors are being blamed for a variety of shortcuts—from skipped inspections and welds to ignoring construction plans—in a Florida building collapse that killed four workers last fa...


Contractors Decry Immigration Plan

U.S. construction industry groups are banding together to fight sharp limits on “guest worker” visas in an immigration agreement now emerging in Congress.


Philippines Seeks $1.5M in Reef Mishap

The Philippines has announced plans to fine the United States $1.5 million for damage to a protected coral reef where a Navy ship was stuck for more than two months.


Webinar Targets Offshore Fireproofing

Understanding the critical requirements and certification needed to use passive fireproofing materials offshore will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Concrete Maker to Pay $835K Water Fine

A New Hampshire concrete producer has agreed to pay a total of $835,000 in fines and complete a $500,000 environmental project to resolve numerous clean water violations at its sand, gravel ...


Piece by Piece, Navy Removes Ship

Grounded for more than two months, a U.S. Navy minesweeper is being surgically dismantled and lifted off a coral reef in the Philippines, officials said.


Exxon Fined $1.7M in Yellowstone Leak

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company has been slapped with a $1.7 million federal fine for its 2011 crude-oil pipeline failure in the Yellowstone River, doubling its tab to date for the disaster, reg...


Free Webinar Tackles Blasting Safety

Protecting abrasive blasters in their dangerous work will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Corrosion Clout: NACE Launches PAC

NACE International is taking its $476 billion case for corrosion control inside the Beltway with a new political action committee.


Waterjetting on Tap in Free Webinar

New updates for standards and technical guidance on using waterjetting for surface preparation will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


CA Wades Back into Antifouling Debate

Eight months after backing off a plan to ban copper antifouling paint on recreational boats, California authorities are dipping a toe back into those regulatory waters.


Containment Issues Stall Plant Restart

Offline for almost two years, a Nebraska nuclear plant was told this week that it must address additional issues before being allowed to restart, according to federal regulators.


Navy to Scrap Stuck $277M Vessel

Hopelessly beached on a reef in the Philippines for over two weeks, the $277 million USS Guardian minesweeper will be cut to pieces in order to free it, the U.S. Navy has decided.


Record Year for Pipeline Fines

Rounding out a year of record enforcement actions against the pipeline industry for coatings, corrosion and other violations, U.S. regulators have levied nearly $200,000 in fines against Col...


ACA Fights Rule on Conflict Minerals

Coating makers have joined the opposition to a U.S. rule that would expand disclosure of the use of so-called "conflict minerals" in various products.


New Rules Could Shake Up Industry

SAN ANTONIO—Coating manufacturers are starting to see sweeping changes in hazard communications that could potentially impact every safety data sheet in the industry.


Europe Eyes Hazardous Lead Labeling

Lead paint could soon take on a new "hazardous" status throughout the 27 member states of the European Union, under measures now being considered.


EPA Rule Could Put Out 15 GA Plants

More than a dozen power plants in Georgia could be out of commission soon after the approval of a new federal rule regulating mercury and toxic air goes into effect.


Feds Map Regulatory Plans for 2013

Outdated exposure limits, reinforced steel, nanotechnology, and confined spaces are among the critical health and safety issues slated for federal action this year.


U.S. Reviews Paint Stripper Chemicals

Largely banned in Europe and linked to multiple deaths in the U.S., toxic paint-stripper chemicals are finally getting a serious look from the Environmental Protection Agency.


Feds Revive Lead Rule for Public Works

After a season's hiatus, federal regulators have dusted off a controversial plan to impose new lead-safe practices on public works and commercial projects.


EU Banning Most DCM Paint Strippers

While deaths from methylene chloride paint strippers continue in the United States, most sales and use of the products are about to be banned in Europe.


 
 
   

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