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EPA Finalizes Paint-Stripper Rule

Last Friday, (March 15) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule to prohibit the manufacture and importing, processing and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint...


Coating Remover Designed for Easy Application

Concrete construction products manufacturer W.R. Meadows’ recently announced the release of Ultrite Coating Remover, a soy gel that removes a range of one-part topical coatings, including se...


Restorations in Boston Offer Rewarding Results

Ron Peik, like many who work in the realm of paint removal, seems to specialize in tedium. His company, Alpine Environmental, began with a focus in the painstaking task of lead abatement and...


City Sues Over 500 Gallons of Dumped Paint

A year after 500 gallons of latex paint were dumped in Chesapeake, Virginia’s South Hill neighborhood, the city is suing those it says are responsible.


Home Depot Responds to Lead-Safe Demand

The Home Depot has reportedly pledged to host events and initiatives aimed at educating customers on lead-based paint safety practices.


EPA Takes Aim at Chemicals in Paint Remover

The U.S. government is considering stricter guidelines for two toxic chemicals often found in paint removal products.


EPA Proposes Ban on Paint Removers

Two chemicals found in consumer and commercial paint and coatings removal products are targeted in newly proposed rules by federal regulators.


It’s Not Graffiti ... It’s Science

If a trio heads into the rocky terrain of the Swiss Alps with buckets of paint and brushes in hand, your first guess might be that some fresh graffiti was about to appear.


New Scraper Affixes to Forklifts

A new scraping tool from Blastrac is designed to save time and labor, allowing the user to scrape tape, paint or other materials from concrete floors with the power of a forklift.


EPA Tallies Lead Violations for 2016

Contractors, renovators, painters and retailers are among the parties required to pay more than $1 million in penalties for violating lead-based paint safety rules this fiscal year, authorit...


Flaking Paint Raises Public Health Concerns

Paint reported to be coming off the underside of a New York City overpass has caught the attention of a regional chapter of the painters trade union.


Paint Work Reveals Bridge Deficiencies

The Missouri Department of Transportation is crediting the painting and surface preparation process with uncovering unforeseen deficiencies in a bridge over the Missouri River in the state’s...


EPA Shares Year-One Plan for TSCA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its first-year plan for activities and actions to enact the newly amended U.S. chemicals law, the first such major chemical management l...


EPA Outlines Chemical Law Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has outlined initial actions it will undertake to implement the nation’s first major chemical management law reform in 40 years.


Dutch Workers at Risk from Paint Toxin

Nearly 600 job seekers may have been exposed to a carcinogen found in old paint in one city’s back-to-work program, according to media sources in the Netherlands.


Unwanted Paint Repair Up in Air

This case is pretty much black and white. Well, the paint involved is, but determining just who holds responsibility appears to be in a gray zone.


Going Green for Safety

A lot of communities want to go green in their new construction projects and materials selection—but there is a limit. Billerica, MA, selectman George Simolaris learned this the hard way.


Orange Paint Job Puzzles City Leaders

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA—City leaders in the town of Winslow are seeing red—or orange, rather—since a mysterious paint job popped up on some city-owned property.


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.


Bill Seeks to Loosen U.S. Lead Rules

WASHINGTON--After five years of compliance, contractor groups are cheering a new congressional push to ease provisions of the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule on lead-safe practice...


SSPC Issues New Commercial Guides

PITTSBURGH—Floor coatings and fluoropolymer finishing are the focus of new specifying and evaluation guidance from SSPC.


Floor, Finish Coats Get New Guides

PITTSBURGH—SSPC has announced two new standards intended as guides for slip-resistant floor coatings and ambient-curing fluoropolymer finish coats.


EPA Eyes Limits on Paint Strippers

U.S. officials are expanding their search for data as they weigh new restrictions on two toxic chemicals used in paint removers.


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.


OSHA Cites Northrop Grumman Painting

Complaints about excessive painter exposure to methylene chloride and hexavalent chromium have led to serious federal citations against defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp.


Graco Buys 2nd Blast Unit Maker

Solidifying its presence in the abrasive-blasting market, Graco Inc. has announced the acquisition of GeoBlaster Equipment Service and Sales Inc. of Ontario.


Deal Expands Graco Blast Unit

One year after jumping into the abrasive-blasting equipment field, Graco Inc. has strengthened its stake with a second acquisition.


Cortec Adds Graffiti Removers

Cortec has added two eco-friendly paint and graffiti strippers for industrial paint removal applications to its sustainable product lines.


Paint-Stripper Bribery Draws in Others

A CEO indicted for bribing military base officials to buy his paint remover was the last, but not the least, person implicated in the plot, officials said Tuesday (Dec. 9).


Paint Stripper CEO Accused of Bribery

The founder of a paint remover maker faces up to 60 years in prison after his indictment on bribery charges and lying about whether his product met military standards, officials announced.


Lead-Paint Work Draws $46k Fine

An Illinois painting contractor faces federal citations and nearly $50,000 in fines for allegedly exposing employees to lead-paint dust.


U.S. Plans New Look at Worker Exposures

Unable to keep up with the risks posed by tens of thousands of chemicals now in use in the workplace, U.S. regulators are casting about for a new approach.


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?


Beer Promo Leaves Town Blue

Residents in a Colorado town were left seeing red after a beer company paid the town a lot of green to paint it blue for a weekend.


Israeli Air Force Strips Chopper Coatings

Years of heavy-duty coatings have apparently become too heavy for Israel’s attack helicopters, prompting authorities to peel off the paint to lighten the choppers’ load.


EPA Warns of Chemical Stripper Danger

U.S. regulators are taking a closer look at regulating methylene chloride paint removers in the wake of a risk assessment that deems the products hazardous to workers, consumers and even bys...


EPA Sees Wide Risks in Paint Strippers

Methylene chloride, widely used in paint stripping products, poses a health threat to hundreds of thousands of workers, consumers and project bystanders, U.S. authorities have determined.


Tool Offers Painters 17 Hands

Hyde Tools has introduced a painter’s tool that purportedly can do everything from open bottles to clean rollers and pull nails.


Jetstream Debuts New Waterblast Gun

Jetstream of Houston LLP has launched a 40,000 psi air-powered waterblast control gun for surface cleaning and coating removal.


City Steamed over Hydrant Décor

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but it’s also digging deep into the pocket of the San Francisco taxpayer.


Hydrant Artists Irk San Francisco

Call it art or call it vandalism: By any name, the unauthorized spray painting of dozens of fire hydrants across San Francisco is costing the city a small fortune and could be endangering pu...


Lead, Fall Hazards Beset Museum Project

Two Ohio contractors are facing multiple serious health and safety citations for lead-based paint and fall hazards on a historic restoration project at a museum complex.


Bidders to Belly Up to Tavern Project

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources is seeking bids to prep and paint an 18th-century tavern in Halifax, NC.


Old Hands, New Materials Star at Show

Secrets of successful paint removal on historic structures and coatings technology that has garage "man caves" booming kicked off a full slate of popular architectural/commercial sessions Tu...


DE: Stripping Operation Violates Law

An aircraft painting contractor accused of providing “inconsistent” answers regarding its waste practices and operating a paint-stripping operation unlawfully is facing multiple violations a...


Judge Hikes Lead Tab to $1.15B

A California judge has added $50 million to his earlier $1.1 billion judgment against Sherwin-Williams and other former manufacturers of lead paint in finalizing his ruling this week.


Feds: Lead Risk for Painters Persists

Lead exposure on the job remains a significant health threat in painting and blasting, despite decades of improvement among other occupations and the general public, a new federal study repo...


CDC Finds High Lead Levels in Painters

Lead is not dead as a threat to painters, and occupational exposures are still putting that profession at elevated risk, despite decades of improvement elsewhere, a new federal study reports...


OSHA Whiplashes on Air Force Case

Federal health and safety officials have done an about-face in their case against Robins Air Force Base, cited earlier this month for excessive toxic exposures during paint removal operation...


OSHA Cites Air Force Sanding Operation

Toxic chemical exposures during paint-removal operations have once again landed an air base in trouble with federal health and safety authorities.


Experts Testify in CA Lead Suit

Expert testimony about poisoned children and pricey cleanups has dominated the country’s last public nuisance case against five former makers of lead-based paint.


Graffiti Defaces 4,000-Year-Old Marker

UK preservationists and paint specialists are working to remove graffiti newly spray-painted on a Bronze Age-era national archaeological site in Wales.


Seeing Red: Gun Pulled Over Paint Job

A Washington State man tracked a city employee to his home and pulled a loaded gun on him after being told to repaint a fire hydrant because it violated city code, police say.


Hue and Cry: Paint War Colors Election

Political history has always been colorful—you’ve got your Greens and your reds, whites and blues—but one island nation is drenched in a clash of campaign color.


Contractor Fined in Tank Worker’s Death

An Illinois industrial cleaning and painting firm is being held responsible for the death of a worker, who was stricken while cleaning a methylene chloride tank inside a paint thinner plant.


Directory, Specifying Top New D+D Issue

Expert advice on renovating historic structures, coatings removal, specifying coatings for commercial architecture and a brand-new painting contractor directory are all part of the new issue...


Planer Tackles Marine Applications

General Equipment Company has upgraded its SP8/A Pneumatic Surface Planer, designed for a wide variety of cleaning, coatings removal and surface preparation applications on marine/industrial...


Shipyard Ordered to Cut Paint Emissions

A Rhode Island shipyard will pay a $31,000 fine and act to reduce VOC emissions from paint and thinners used at the facility, under a new settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency.


Alameda Seeks Takers for Historic Crane

Still scraping for Valentine's Day ideas? Here's an opportunity to gift your love with something historic.


Paint Stripper Deaths Draw OSHA Alert

Stripping paint with a methylene chloride product in a tight bathroom space is a fast way to die, federal officials are warning contractors in a new Hazard Alert.


Free eBook Focuses on Bridge Coating

Safety, quality, decision-making and other hands-on issues vital to a successful coating project are among the topics of a new, free eBook available from JPCL.


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.


EPA Weighs Thinners, Coating Chemicals

Federal regulators are taking a fresh and sharp look at the safety of chemicals used in paint strippers, spray-on protective coatings and halogenated flame retardants .


 
 
   

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