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N. America to Lead Silica Sand Boom

Uncle Sam may be worried about silica, but North American industry apparently is not, as the region prepares to lead the global growth of silica sand through 2018, according to a new market ...


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.


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?


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.


Abrasive Blasting Draws 17 Citations

Allegations of worker overexposure to lead and silica as well as other health hazards have landed a Connecticut abrasive blasting contractor in trouble with federal authorities.


OSHA Cites Silica at Coating Company

A Texas powder coating company allegedly exposed workers to toxic chemicals, including silica, and now faces $55,440 in proposed penalties, federal authorities say.


‘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.


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.


Air Shower Reduces Dust Exposure

A new mobile air shower can reduce worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica by removing dust from worker clothing in 30 seconds, according to Bellwood, PA-based HalenHardy.


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...


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...


Concrete Maker Hit with 18 Citations

Silica exposure, confined-space infractions, respiratory hazards, and other health and safety dangers have drawn $153,900 in fines and a lengthy list of federal violations for a New Jersey c...


OSHA Seeks Money Trail in Silica Debate

Individuals and organizations who want to comment on a federal proposal to limit silica exposure are being asked to disclose their funding sources and any conflicts of interest—reportedly a ...


Foes Seek Extension on Silica Rule

Opponents of a proposed federal rule to limit worker exposure to silica are lashing out over the proposal's time frame, calling the Dec. 11 comment deadline “virtually impossible” to meet.


OSHA Publishes Proposed Silica Rule

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


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 ...


U.S. Proposes New Silica Limits

Federal regulators have finally released a long-awaited—and certain to be controversial—proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, widely used in construction, painting and abr...


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...


Containing Everything—Except His Enthusiasm

Long before the protective coatings industry had any serious notion of containment, or ventilation, or industrial hygiene, it had Phil Calvo.


OSHA Issues Health Alert on Fracking

The recent surge in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activities in shale and other natural-gas operations is exposing workers to dangerous levels of silica, federal officials are warning.


Silica, Cr(VI) Trigger OSHA Case

Excessive silica and hexavalent chromium exposures lead a lengthy list of federal health and safety violations against an Alabama tank and pressure vessel maker that also provides coating, w...


Subway Work Fined; Death Probe Underway

The dangers of New York subway construction are drawing closer federal scrutiny, with new citations issued against contractors for excessive silica exposure and a runaway rail car just weeks...


Painter Closes after OSHA Citations

A Florida aluminum coating and blasting operation has closed its door in the face of 37 new federal safety and health citations and a fine of nearly $140,000.


Action Set on Silica, Confined Space

Long-delayed federal standards on crystalline silica, confined-space work, hazard communications and other critical industry issues will see action in 2012, according to the Occupational Saf...


OSHA Fines PPG Resin Plant $90K

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited PPG Industries Inc. for four safety violations, including one willful violation, at its resin production facility in Barberton, OH...


Nuke Plants Warned of Concrete Problem

Degrading concrete at a New Hampshire nuclear plant has prompted the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to alert all of its facilities and applicants to the same risk elsewhere.


AIHA Demands Release of Silica Rule

The federal government has announced yet another delay in its long-stalled rule on crystalline silica exposure, sparking objections and questions from health and safety experts.


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.


Blast Media Maker Gets $200K Infusion

A Philadelphia-based manufacturer of alternative blast media will share in more than $1 million in investments into early-stage companies by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern ...


PPG Paints a Profitable 3rd Quarter

Strong showings by Performance Coatings and Industrial Coatings helped bring home a powerful third quarter for PPG Industries, the company reported Thursday (Oct. 19).


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...


OSHA Fines Tank Services Company $114K

Lack of machine guards, excessive respirable dust and other alleged hazards have a Wisconsin tank company facing 11 federal safety and health violations and $114,000 in fines.


OSHA Sharpens Eye on Metals Industries

Steel, aluminum and other metals producers, take note: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is watching you.


PPG Hits 3rd Straight Quarterly Record

Strong sales in performance and industrial coatings helped deliver a third straight quarterly record to PPG Industries, with $3.5 billion in sales and banner earnings in various coatings mar...


New OSHA Silica Rules Looming

New federal rules tightening workplace exposure limits and other requirements involving respirable crystalline silica are expected soon, likely bringing major changes for the coatings indust...


Admixture Designed to Make Concrete Waterproof

W.R. Meadows and Gemite Products have introduced Adi-Con CW Plus, a dry, free-flowing powder admixture designed to make concrete watertight.


OSHA Fines Abrasives Maker 3rd Time in 3 Months

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a new wave of citations and proposed penalties against U.S. Minerals LLC related to its facility in Harvey, LA—the agency’s third...


Acceleration Seen for Specialty Silica Market

Rising demand for coatings, chemicals and manufacturing worldwide will drive market growth for specialty silicas by 6.3% annually, to 2.7 million metric tons in 2014, new research forecasts.


Free OSHA Training Files on Respirators, Scaffolds

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) Training and Reference Material Library has recently issued downloadable reference materials on scaffold safety and respiratory prote...


OSHA Offers Silica Exposure Guide

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has just released Controlling Silica Exposures in Construction (OSHA 3362-04), a new publication designed to help employees minimize exposur...


 
 
   

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