Previous Polls


January 14 - January 18, 2019
The former site of a Massachusetts coal-and-oil plant was recently converted to a solar farm. Do you think this kind of conversion will become more commonplace as the demand for renewable energy continues to increase?

January 14 - January 18, 2019
A U.S. Appeals Court has confirmed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration can cite a general contractor—even if its employees are not affected—for subcontractor safety violations. Do you agree with this ruling?

January 7 - January 11, 2019
The U.S. Navy has been using 3D printing as an option to create ship parts as needed, as well as cutting down on lead times. Do you think this will technology will prove to be a long-term solution to these issues?

January 7 - January 11, 2019
PaintCare Inc. has launched a new grant competition with the goal to develop recycling options for latex paint. Do you think this will help solve the problem of leftover architectural paint?

January 9, 2019
What are you most looking forward to at SSPC Coatings+ 2019?

January 2 - January 4, 2019
Ontario recently unveiled plans for legislation that open up the restrictive bidding process for municipal and public projects, which can only hire from particular union groups or contractors. Do you think this is a positive move?

January 2 - January 4, 2019
2019 color trends for commercial projects have recently been released. Do you think commercial spaces need special considerations for their interior coating aesthetics?

December 24 - December 28, 2018
As bridge design continues to improve, do you think this will have an impact on the projected lifespan of these structures?

December 24, 2018
Last week, the DOT announced $1.5 billion in Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants for infrastructure projects. Do you think the funding will increase as infrastructure demands also increase?

December 17 - December 21, 2018
Last week, the DOT announced $1.5 billion in Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants for infrastructure projects. Do you think the funding will increase as infrastructure demands also increase?

December 17 - December 21, 2018
California officially approved the requirement for solar panels on new homes, which will now be added into the building code. Do you think the savings in energy costs justify the regulation?

December 20, 2018
Do you expect your company to seriously consider autonomous blasting equipment in the near future in order to cut down on the danger to blasting workers?

December 10 - December 14, 2018
Officials have proposed a new fix for San Francisco’s sinking Millennium Tower, that involves drilling piles into bedrock from the sidewalk on the building’s southwest corner, instead of the micro piles going into the bedrock through the concrete foundation. Do you think this is a better option?

December 10 - December 14, 2018
Over the past few weeks, a number of announcements regarding multi-billion-dollar infrastructure projects have been made. Do you think such large-scale projects will become the norm in the future?

December 3 - December 7, 2018
Last week, a lawsuit resulted in the dismantling of wind turbines in Iowa due to zoning issues. Do you think this will become more of an issue as renewable energy expands?

December 3 - December 7, 2018
Rice University researchers recently reported building a "better" epoxy with the addition of graphene foam, noting that it is substantially tougher than pure epoxy. Do you think this will be a long-term epoxy solution?

November 26 - November 30, 2018
Rice University researchers recently reported building a "better" epoxy with the addition of graphene foam, noting that it is substantially tougher than pure epoxy. Do you think this will be a long-term epoxy solution?

November 26 - November 30, 2018
Will newly developed nanomaterials like graphene revolutionize the protective coatings industry in the next 10 years?

November 19 - November 23, 2018
A group of workers and environment and public health advocates recently notified the Environmental Protection Agency of its intent to sue the agency over its failure to finalize a ban on the use of methylene chloride in paint strippers. Do you think enough action has been taken against methylene chloride to date?

November 19 - November 23, 2018
OSHA recently released its Top 10 violations for 2018, with fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolds, respiratory protection and lockout/tagout making up the top five violations at least three years in a row. Is this what you expected?

November 12 - November 16, 2018
OSHA recently released its Top 10 violations for 2018, with fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolds, respiratory protection and lockout/tagout making up the top five violations at least three years in a row. Is this what you expected?

November 12 - November 16, 2018
A group of workers and environment and public health advocates recently notified the Environmental Protection Agency of its intent to sue the agency over its failure to finalize a ban on the use of methylene chloride in paint strippers. Do you think enough action has been taken against methylene chloride to date?

November 5 - November 9, 2018
Late last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave a nod of approval to a $31B, 70-mile-long coastal barrier that would help protect Texas against future storm surges. Do you think these measures will be enough?

November 5 - November 9, 2018
Mexico City’s new $13.3 billion airport—which is about one-third complete—was officially scrapped following a public referendum which ended in 70 percent voting to cancel construction. Have you ever had to stop in the middle of a project?

October 29 - November 2, 2018
The Supreme Court rejected hearing the appeal of a ruling that requires paint manufacturers to pay more than $400 million for lead-paint remediation in several municipalities in California. Do you agree that the companies should be held responsible?

October 29 - November 2, 2018
Earlier this month, China announced the opening of the world's longest sea-crossing bridge, which connects Hong Kong, Zuhai and Macao. Do you think more countries will invest in such large-scale projects in the future?

October 22 - October 26, 2018
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that any environmental regulations regarding the construction or repair of a section of U.S.-Mexico border wall for certain areas in Texas would be waived. Do you think waiving environmental regulations in this context will have a negative impact long-term?

October 22 - October 26, 2018
Two more paint companies have reportedly joined other manufacturers and box stores in discontinuing paint-stripping products that contain methylene chloride and NMP. Do you think the industry is moving in the right direction regarding these chemicals?

October 15 - October 19, 2018
The Associated General Contractors recently reported skilled labor shortages throughout the U.S. in the construction industry; has your company had trouble filling positions this year?

October 15 - October 19, 2018
Earlier this month, a judge stopped the release of records related to the Florida International University bridge collapse. Do you think this was the best choice to protect the investigation?

October 8 - October 12, 2018
As a result of London's fatal Grenfell Tower fire last June, government officials in the United Kingdom officially announced a ban on combustible materials in the exterior walls of new residential buildings that are 18 meters and taller. Do you think these measures are sufficient?

October 8 - October 12, 2018
University of Sheffield researchers recently identified new structural forms for bridges that involve a one- and three- spoke design, allowing for the construction of very long-span bridges in locations where traditional bridges aren't tenable. Do you think long-span bridges will be a crucial part of global infrastructure?

October 1 - October 5, 2018
The state of Massachusetts has set aside funds in the budget to help home owners deal with crumbling foundations as a result of pyrrhotite-tainted concrete. Do you think the state should be doing more to help?

September 30 - October 5, 2018
Recent reports indicate that the general contractor on New York's new Cuomo Bridge expressed concerns over pressure to open the bridge before the contractor thought it would be safe and ready. Have you been part of a project in which an asset owner rushed work despite the contractor's concerns?

September 24 - September 28, 2018
To help workers in the construction industry identify fall hazards and learn how to create a fall protection system, the American Society of Safety Professionals released a virtual reality app that trains users in settings that mirror actual environments, without the associated dangers. Is this a step in the right direction to combat fall hazards?

September 24 - September 28, 2018
A Maryland county is the latest jurisdiction to consider banning pavement sealers containing coal tar and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Should these products be banned?

September 20 - September 23, 2018
Will newly developed nanomaterials like graphene revolutionize the protective coatings industry in the next 10 years?

September 17 - September 21, 2018
The Associated General Contractors recently reported skilled labor shortages throughout the U.S. in the construction industry; has your company had trouble filling positions this year?

September 17 - September 21, 2018
A recent survey found that the construction industry is spending $177.5 billion in non-optimal activities, such as fixing mistakes, looking for project data and managing conflict resolution. Do you think embracing more technology would help mitigate some of these issues and ultimately save money?

September 10 - September 14, 2018
The state of Maryland is following California’s and Oregon’s lead as the latest state to pass legislation that holds general contractors accountable for wages unpaid by subcontractors. Do you think laws like these are justified?

September 10 - September 14, 2018
Plans are in place for offshore wind development both off the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. and in the Great Lakes. Is your business preparing for the coating work that will come with more U.S. offshore wind structures?

September 4 - September 7, 2018
California legislators recently discussed banning new pipelines in state coastal waters, essentially preventing new offshore drilling in federal waters further out. Should states be able to control offshore development in this way?

September 4 - September 7, 2018
The CDC recently found that some of the heat index guidance given by the OSHA might not be sufficient. Do you think your industry takes proper precautions when dealing with heat safety?

August 27 - August 31, 2018
A report on issues at a Texas football stadium has found that cracks in the concrete slabs occurred because of excessive water, a result of re-tempering the initial concrete mixture. Is there ever a time when this practice is appropriate?

August 27 - August 31, 2018
A recent jobsite accident in a San Francisco transit tunnel has spurred promises from the San Francisco MTA to better vet general contractors. Should letting agencies investigate bidders' safety records during the contract process?

August 20 - August 24, 2018
Officials from chemical company Arkema were recently indicted over explosions that occurred at a Texas plant during Hurricane Harvey last year. Should the company face charges over an incident brought on by such extreme conditions?

August 20 - August 24, 2018
The CDC recently suggested current guidance on guarding workers against heat hazards may not be sufficient. In your experience, are heat risks taken seriously enough on construction sites?

August 16 - August 22, 2018
Do you belong to any water-industry groups (AWWA, WEF) in addition to coatings- or corrosion-related associations?

August 13 - August 17, 2018
NASA recently revealed the finalists for its latest Mars habitat design competition. Is it worth our time and money to work on structures to house people on Mars?

August 13 - August 17, 2018
Officials from chemical company Arkema were recently indicted over explosions that occurred at a Texas plant during Hurricane Harvey last year. Should the company face charges over an incident brought on by such extreme conditions?

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