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CLEAN Future Act Framework Released

Last week, leaders from the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce released legislative framework for the draft Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CL...


EPA Finalizes List of 20 High-Priority Chemicals

Late last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced in an emailed press release that it had finalized the list of the next 20 chemicals to undergo risk evaluation under the T...


EPA Extends Comment Period for NMP

The Environmental Protection Agency announced last month the public comment period for the draft risk evaluation of more than 30 uses of N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) “to give stakeholders more ...


Green Building Council Announces LEED Positive

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that it is taking its LEED development program one step further: to focus on LEED positive.


EPA's Toxic Substance Evaluation to Get Review

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it has contracted the National Academies of Science to conduct a peer review of the “Application of Systematic Review in Toxic Sub...


Industry Reacts to Proposed Beryllium Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a proposal in early October to “more appropriately tailor the requirements” of beryllium exposure standa...


EPA Reclassifies Aerosol Can Waste

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a final rule adding hazardous waste aerosol cans to the universal waste program under the Resource Conversation and Recovery Act regu...


EPA to Hold Public Meeting on TSCA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it is holding a public meeting on Dec. 10 on the implementation of its Toxic Substances Control Act New Chemicals program.


Bridge Inspection Revisions Released

On Tuesday (Nov. 12), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and U.S. Department of Transportation released a 102-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding updates to the Nation...


DOL Rolls Out New Respirator Fit Protocols

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced in late September a final rule that includes two new fit testing protocols for ensuring correct respira...


DOL Annnounces New Members for Safety Committee

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Labor announced 12 new members selected to the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.


OSHA Releases Proposal for Beryllium Standards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a proposal earlier this month to “more appropriately tailor the requirements” of beryllium exposure stan...


Natural Stone Council Updates Sustainabiliy Standard

The Natural Stone Council—a collaboration of natural stone trade associations to promote the use of natural stone in commercial, residential, government, institutional, educational, and all ...


Titanium Dioxide Powder to Get Cancer Warning

Late last week, the European Commission officially decided to classify titanium dioxide in its powder form as a substance that is “suspected of causing cancer in humans.”


Pittsburgh Signs on to UN Buildings Initiative

Last month, the United Nations Economic Council on Europe and Pittsburgh’s Green Building Alliance signed an agreement, marking the official launch of the city’s International Center of Exce...


AIA Testifies at Energy Committee Hearing

Late last month, the American Institute of Architects’ 2018 President Carl Elefante, FAIA, testified before the United States House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy, ou...


San Jose Sets Strict Large-City Emission Codes

In a unanimous vote by San Jose City Council last month, the city has agreed to adopt new building sustainability standards, also known as “reach codes.”


CA Worker Classification Bill Signed into Law

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 5 late last month, which aims to reduce instances of worker misclassification as independent contractors.


OSHA Announces Beryllium Rule Amendment

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced in an emailed press release late last week the finalizing of its June 2017 proposal to revise the beryl...


EU Moves Forward with Titanium Dioxide Steps

After a regulatory consultation earlier this month, the European Commission says it will move forward with classifying titanium dioxide as a carcinogen, despite objections.


Kanye West Home Prototypes Demolished

After failing to secure proper Los Angeles County Department of Public Works building permits, rapper and entrepreneur Kanye West’s affordable Yeezy Home prototypes have been demolished.


EPA Releases Guide for Methylene Chloride Ruling

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency released a new guide to help methylene chloride processors and distributors comply with the final rule issued in March under the Toxic Substanc...


EPA to Hold Evaluation Meeting on 1-BP Solvent

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it will hold a Toxic Substances Control Act Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals meeting to review the draft risk evaluati...


ACI Updates Flatwork Finishing Certification Program

The American Concrete Institute announced at the end of last month that it has updated the names and requirements for its Flatwork Finishing Certification program.


EPA Settles with CA Firms Over Lead Paint

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday that it has settled with five Southern California-based construction firms for violations of the Renovation, Repair and Painting...


EPA Lists 20 Chemicals for High Priority, Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced late last week that it is moving forward with a proposed list of 20 chemical substances to designate as “High-Priority Substances” under th...


EPA Designates 20 Chemicals as Low Priority

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed to add 20 substances as low priority under the Toxic Substances Control Act.


Kanye West Prototypes Could Face Demo

Rapper and entrepreneur Kanye West is well on his way constructing an affordable housing community in Calabasas, California. The structures, however, reportedly violate construction laws and...


USGBC Releases LEED Residential Report

The United States Green Building Council recently released a new report studying growing green trends in the homes market entitled, “LEED in Motion: Residential.”


EPA Proposes Revisions to NSR, CWA

Last week, a few proposals emerged out of the Environmental Protection Agency—including revisions to New Source Review regulations and changes to certifications under the Clean Water Act—tha...


DOL Releases Reminder for Injury Reporting

The United States Department of Labor is reminding employers to submit injury and illness data from 2018 to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


FAA Waiver Allows Drones Over Construction Sites

The Federal Aviation Administration has recently issued a Certificate of Waiver to Greenly, Colorado-based general contracting company Hensel Phelps for the certified-use of parachute-equipp...


WV Pipeline Coating Reported Safe After Concerns

Addressing concerns raised over the coating used on a stretch of the Mountain Valley pipeline running through Virginia and West Virginia, project developers told federal regulators that the ...


EPA Announces Updates to Chemical Tracker Tool

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a release last week that it is continuing “its commitment to transparency” by making additional information about chemicals notices available...


DOB Releases Map for NYC Safety Trainees

New York’s Department of Buildings released an interactive map last week showing the location of all the construction sites in New York City where workers and supervisors must have site safe...


CA Lawmaker Introduces Heat Regulation Bill

About a week before the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a reminder for employers to protect their employees from the dangers of working in h...


EPA Sets New Lead Standard

Last Friday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced new standards for lead, spec...


Report: UK's Hackitt Responds on Fire Safety

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has launched a fourth consultation on improving fire and structural safety of high-rise housing since engineer Dame...


FL Bill Aims to Deregulate Hospital Construction

A bill making its way through Florida would deregulate the construction process for new hospitals, effectively putting such projects on a fast track.


AIA Releases Updated Interior Construction Forms

The American Institute of Architects recently announced that it has released six updated contract documents designed for interior construction projects.


OSHA Releases Final Rule for Various Standards

Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule, ultimately revising 14 provisions within recordkeeping, general industry, maritime and construction standard...


Resin Company to Eliminate NMP from Portfolio

Global resins manufacturer Royal DSM announced last week that it will be phasing out all uses of 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (also known as n-methylpyrrolidone and more commonly known as NMP) fro...


EPA to Hold Committee Meeting on Chemicals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that it will be holding the first meeting of its Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act.


NE Updates Decade-Old Building Efficiency Codes

Nebraska lawmakers could finalize a bill today (May 8) that would update the state’s energy codes for residential and commercial buildings.


$50M EPA Program to Look at Lead Exposure

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently proposed a new $50-million grant program to expand the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget efforts to protect children in an ...


6 States Sue OSHA for Recordkeeping Rollback

Six states filed a lawsuit in federal court last week against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration alleging that the entity’s reversal on the Obama-era electronic recordkeeping ...


OR Delays Unreinforced Building Warning Requirement

The Portland City Council (Portland, Oregon) recently voted a delay to mandate posted warning signs on unreinforced brick and stone buildings. This vote delays regulations until November 202...


Final Crane Rule Enforcement Postponed

The U.S. Department of Labor announced last week that it is pushing back full enforcement of its new crane operator rule.


DOL Issues Final Rule on Worker Privacy

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported on Thursday (Jan. 24) that it has issued a final rule that eliminates parts of the Obama-era "Improve Tr...


Canada Building Code to Reflect Climate Change

Attendees at 2018’s Toronto Buildings Show got a rundown of how climate change standards are going to be incorporated into Canada’s building codes.


PG&E Allegedly Falsified Gas Pipeline Records

Regulators recently revealed that in the years following the deadly 2010 San Bruno, California, pipeline explosion, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company continued to commit pipeline safety v...


CA Mandates Solar Panels for New Homes

California’s Building Standards Commission gave the final approval last week that mandates the requirement for solar panels on new homes, slated to take effect in 2020, making it the first s...


Rust-Oleum Settles with EPA Over Waste Violations

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday (Dec. 4) that it has reached a settlement with coatings manufacturer Rust-Oleum Corporation (Vernon Hills, Illinois), a consumer bran...


UK Officially Bans Combustible Material in High-Rises

The United Kingdom announced last week details of its new ban on combustible materials following last year’s fatal Grenfell Tower fire in London that killed more than 70 people.


Cal/OSHA Cites, Fines Firm $141K in Trench Death

The California Division of Operational Safety and Health announced earlier this month that it has cited a general contractor—as well as imposed a $141,075 fine—in connection with a fatal tre...


Cal/OSHA Cites, Fines Firm $141K in Trench Death

The California Division of Operational Safety and Health announced earlier this month that it has cited a general contractor—as well as imposed a $141,075 fine—in connection with a fatal tre...


Trump to Nominate Wheeler as New EPA Head

President Donald J. Trump recently announced that he intends to interim Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler for the position permanently. Trump made the announcement...


ACI Releases Concrete Structure Specs Text

The American Concrete Institute recently announced the availability of a new publication for concrete industry professionals: the ACI 563-18: Specifications for Repair of Concrete in Buildin...


OSHA Finalizes Crane Operator Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health administration published a final rule last week that clarifies the certification requirements for crane operators, about eight y...


OSHA Finalizes Crane Operator Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health administration published a final rule last week that clarifies the certification requirements for crane operators, about eight y...


NYC Pushes Back New Safety Training Deadlines

The New York City Department of Buildings recently announced that it has extended the deadline by which all workers need to complete the increased hours of construction safety training.


2018 Green Construction Code Released

The U.S. Green Building Council, along with the International Code Council, ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society, has released the 2018 International Green Construction Code, a mo...


OSHA Reveals Top 10 Violations for 2018

Patrick Kapust, deputy director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, announced the agency’s top 10 violations for 2018, with fall prote...


OSHA Reveals Top Violations for 2018

Patrick Kapust, deputy director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, announced the agency’s top 10 violations for 2018, with fall prote...


Cal/OSHA Issues Regulation on Recordkeeping

California has now put its Division of Occupational Safety and Health on par with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Association’s Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesse...


Supreme Court Denies CA Lead Paint Case

Last week, 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 C...


High-Rise Code Changes Posed for San Francisco

The city of San Francisco might soon be calling for tighter building codes when it comes to its high-rises, which a panel of experts says are inadequate to deal with the aftermath of a large...


UK Government Announces Cladding Ban

Government officials in the United Kingdom officially announced earlier this week a ban on combustible materials in the exterior walls of new residential buildings that are 18 meters and tal...


AIA Calls for Owner Cap-and-Trade Program

Earlier this month the American Institute of Architects joined the CO2toEE coalition and issued a call to make businesses and building owners eligible for reductions in carbon emissions that...


RIBA Announces New Fire Safety Plan

The Royal Institute of British Architects has launched a consultation on its new Plan of Work for Fire Safety in response to the government review following London’s fatal Grenfell Tower fir...


Wood High-Rise Debate Rages Ahead of ICC Vote

The International Code Council is weeks away from voting on whether to allow construction of wood buildings up to 18 stories, and the debate is far from settled.


OSHA Petitioned to Establish Heat Standard

A petition backed by more than 130 industry organizations is making its way to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration arguing for an official standard o...


MD County's Proposed Sealant Ban Sparks Debate

A Maryland county’s plan to phase out the use of pavement sealers made with coal tar has raised objections from local manufacturers, who argue that health risks from the products are exagger...


OR First State to Codify Timber High-Rises

The state of Oregon updated its building code earlier this month by becoming the first state in the country to allow timber buildings to rise more than six stories without special considerat...


Boston Eyes Legislation for Net-Zero Buildings

A city councilor in Boston is preparing to introduce a proposal this fall that would incentivize developers to incorporate more net-zero designs in the city’s building boom.


OSHA Issues New Silica Rule FAQs

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced on Wednesday that new frequently asked questions and training videos on the use of respirable crystalline silica in construction w...


OSHA Issues Silica Rule Guidance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced on Wednesday that new frequently asked questions and training videos on the use of respirable crystalline silica in construction w...


OSHA Moves to Change Recordkeeping Rule

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced in late July that it would be taking steps to roll back parts of the Obama-era "Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Il...


OSHA Proposes Scaling Back Recordkeeping Rule

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced steps late last month to rescind parts of the Obama-era “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesse...


MD Latest State to Enact Contractor Wage Law

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.


Coalition to Make Fire Safety Standards

More than 30 international professional associations and building organizations are banding together to form a new group focused on fire safety.


DOL Rolls Back Union 'Persuader Rule'

The U.S. Department of Labor announced early last week that it has officially rescinded the Obama-era 2016 Persuader Rule, which was an extension of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclo...


DOL Rescinds Union 'Persuader Rule'

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday that it has officially rescinded the Obama-era 2016 Persuader Rule, which was an extension of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.


EPA Admin Pruitt Hands in Resignation

President Donald J. Trump announced the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt via Twitter last Thursday.


EPA Head Pruitt Resigns

President Donald J. Trump revealed Thursday via Twitter that Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned.


OSHA Reiterates July 1 Reporting Deadline

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reminding employers that electronic injury and illness reports for some are due Sunday.


Box Stores Phase Out Paint Stripper

A few days after coatings manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company's recent announcement that it will be phasing out paint strippers that contain methylene chloride, home-improvement box st...


Paint Firm, Box Stores Phase Out Paint Stripper

Over the course of a week, coatings manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company and one of the United States’ largest home-improvement stores announced they will be phasing out the sale of pai...


OSHA Extends Comment Period on Crane Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it will extend the comment period on the proposed crane operator certification rule.


ABC Calls for More Collaborative Safety Regulations

In a subcommittee hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Kwest Group President and Chairman of the Associated Builder and Contractors National Safety and Health ...


Final UK Building Review Released

The highly anticipated government review of building regulations in the United Kingdom was released late last week by Dame Judith Hackitt, who said that industry indifference and ignorance l...


OSHA, States Tussle Over Recordkeeping

Confusion remains just weeks after the U.S. Department of Labor announced it had corrected an “error” in the implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new electro...


OSHA, States Spar Over Electronic Reporting

Weeks after the U.S. Department of Labor announced it had corrected an “error” in the implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new electronic injury and illness ...


US Court: Ignorance of Safety Standards Not a Defense

A Georgia court has ruled against a company that claimed its foreman didn’t know the safety requirements for fall protection and therefore should not have been handed a nearly $50,000 fine a...


Houston Agency Proposes New Floodplain Standards

In response to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, Houston's Department of Public Works has proposed that new structures in the 100-year and 500-year floodplains be built 2 feet above the...


Study Questions Abrasives' Beryllium Content

Manufacturers are questioning new data recently released by a blasting-abrasive industry trade group that appears to show higher levels of beryllium than previously recorded in a number of a...


Study Questions Abrasives' Beryllium Content

New data released by a blasting-abrasive industry trade group appears to show higher levels of beryllium than previously recorded in a number of abrasive media, though manufacturers of the p...


OSHA Missing Electronic Records Submissions

According to a recent investigation by Bloomberg Environment, 200,000 employers have failed to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new electronic record-keeping r...


More Grenfell Tower Building Materials Fail Tests

Officials investigating the fatal Grenfell Tower fire have released new details on the safety of the building’s materials.


Report: OSHA Missing Records from 200,000 Companies

A recent investigation by Bloomberg Environment has revealed that about 200,000 worksites have failed to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new electronic...


OSHA to Enforce Parts of Beryllium Rule in May

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced late last week that it will begin enforcement of much of its new beryllium standard on May 11 in all industries, including constru...


OSHA to Enforce Parts of Beryllium Rule in May

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced late last week that it will begin enforcement of much of its new beryllium standard on May 11 in all industries, including constru...


NAHB Calls on OSHA to Help Small Businesses

The National Association of Home Builders recently spoke at a House subcommittee hearing to call on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to expand its small business compliance ...


UK Officials Issued Fire Safety Memo

A United Kingdom official has released a memo to council chiefs that highlights their fire safety responsibilities in the wake of Dame Judith Hackitt’s interim report that was released in De...


Anti-McMansion Group Lobbies for Regulation in CA

Coastal neighborhoods of San Diego have begun organizing in protest of “McMansions”—miniature, contemporary mansions—that residents say are taking advantage of a developmental loophole and r...


Non-Fireproof Cladding Found on UK Apartment

In a mandated safety review of buildings conducted as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire, cladding panels labeled “non-fire retardant” were discovered in the Chips apartment block, located ...


Report: OSHA Down 40 Inspectors

Since President Donald J. Trump took office, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has reportedly lost 40 inspectors, which accounts for 4 percent of the agency’s inspection forc...


Report: OSHA Down 40 Inspectors

Since President Donald J. Trump took office, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has reportedly lost 40 inspectors, which accounts for 4 percent of the agency’s inspection forc...


Planned Increases to OSHA Fines Take Shape

Beginning Jan. 2, to account for inflation, the U.S. Department of Labor increased civil penalties for violations of standards and regulations that fall under the Occupational Safety and Hea...


OSHA Fines Increase as Planned

Beginning Jan. 2, to account for inflation, the U.S. Department of Labor increased civil penalties for violations of standards and regulations that fall under the Occupational Safety and Hea...


Trump Administration Looks to Roll Back Offshore Regs

The federal government is moving to repeal some regulations placed on offshore drilling by the administration of former President Barack Obama in the years following the Deepwater Horizon di...


European Boards Approve Diisocyanate Rules

Two European regulatory bodies have agreed on new restrictions on diisocyanates, the building blocks of polyurethanes that have been under increased scrutiny in recent years due to their pot...


OSHA: 2016 Injury Reporting Accepted Through Dec. 31

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a memo to businesses saying that it will continue to accept the 2016 OSHA Form 300A data via the Injur...


Grenfell Inquiry: Industry Rules Dangerously Lax

The interim report from the building regulations review that was order after London’s Grenfell Tower fire has found that the system is “not fit for purpose” and left the conductor of the rev...


European Boards Approve Diisocyanate Rules

Two European regulatory bodies have agreed on new restrictions on diisocyanates, the building blocks of polyurethanes that have been under increased scrutiny in recent years due to their pot...


OSHA Accepting 2016 Injury Reporting Through Dec. 31

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a reminder to businesses that it will continue to accept the 2016 OSHA Form 300A data via the Injury T...


TX County Approves Stricter Flood-Plain Regulations

Commissioners in Harris County, Texas, unanimously approved stricter flood-plain regulations this week just three months after Hurricane Harvey flooded the area with 50 inches of rainfall.


A Procrastinator's Guide to OSHA's Injury Rule

The submission deadline of injury reporting records to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new electronic recordkeeping regulation is just around the corner: Dec....


EPA to Hold Meetings on Chemical Reviews, TSCA

The Environmental Protection Agency, under the direction of Administrator Scott Pruitt, says it is fulfilling a promise made in August about the transparency of its chemical review process a...


EPA Rolls Back Toxic Substance Review

The Environmental Protection Agency is now saying that it is tightening the parameters of a congressionally mandated review of chemicals in public use, effectively leaving out millions of to...


OSHA Injury Tracking App Back Online

After suspending operations due to a potential security breach, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Injury Tracking Application is back online, with no breaches found.


OSHA Suspends Injury Reporting Site

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration has suspending its only injury reporting system after a possible security breach, officials say.


OSHA Injury Reporting Site Suspended

After a possible security breach, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s online injury reporting system has temporarily suspended operations


ICC Completes Mass Timber Fire Safety Tests

The International Code Council Ad-hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings has completed five full-scale mass timber fire tests as research that will inform code changes to tall wood buildings, ...


OSHA Issues Silica Guide for Shipyards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a Small Entity Compliance Guide to help smaller businesses in the maritime and general industry sectors understand how to comply ...


OSHA Reporting Site Planned Despite Rule Status

Last Friday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced plans to launch an online injury-reporting application Aug. 1, despite still working on changes to the already delaye...


OSHA Reporting Site Near Despite Rule Status

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Friday afternoon that it plans to launch an online injury-reporting application Aug. 1, even as the agency says it’s working ...


4 Paint Companies Settle FTC Charges

Four paint companies have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceptively promoted products as zero-VOC or emission-free.


Houston Contractor Talks Lead Challenges

“Tangibly creative”—that’s how Dan Bawden describes his remodeling profession. “I love driving by a home and saying, ‘I’ve built that,’” he said. “I’ve left my mark in a very tangible way on...


Officials to Change Safety Tests After Failures

A 100 percent fire fail rate of 200 cladding samples of high-rises in the United Kingdom is leading officials to recommend broadening the tests.


CA Regulators Eye Polyurethane Foam

California's Department of Toxic Substances has moved to classify spray polyurethane foam as a "priority product," a proposal that has drawn criticism from some who manufacture and work with...


Spray Polyurethane Foam Under Fire in CA

A number of industry groups have expressed their concerns about an effort by the California Department of Toxic Substances to name spray polyurethane foam as a “priority product.”


Judge Orders New DAPL Review

A federal judge ruled last week that the environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline must be revisited.


Carcinogen Label Considered for TiO2

Titanium dioxide has gotten closer to being labeled as a substance that is “suspected of causing cancer,” drawing criticism from some in the coatings industry who say the classification is n...


Europe Considers Carcinogen Label for TiO2

European regulators have taken another step toward classifying titanium dioxide as a substance “suspected of causing cancer,” drawing criticism from some in the coatings industry who say the...


OSHA's Tips for Dealing With the Heat

Summer is heating up, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued some tips for dealing with increasing temperatures.


OSHA Fines Firm $64K in Bridge Painter’s Death

Federal workplace-safety regulators have proposed $64,000 in fines to a New York state bridge-painting firm in the wake of a November incident that claimed the life of one worker.


US Names Chief Offshore Regulator

A former Louisiana lieutenant governor and state utility regulator has been named head of the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the agency that oversees offshore drilling.


Beryllium Rule Changes Considered

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is considering a further delay and possible changes to its Final Rule on Occupational Exposure to Beryllium, though technically the rule wen...


OSHA to Push Back Recordkeeping Deadline

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to postpone the filing deadline for its new electronic recordkeeping rule, which had been set at July 1 for many employers.


OSHA Reporting Website Has Yet to Materialize

The deadline for many U.S. employers to report workplace injury records under a new electronic recordkeeping rule is about seven weeks away, but one thing is stopping them: The website that ...


ABC, NAHB Throw Support Behind New DOL Head

The new Department of Labor Secretary, R. Alexander Acosta, was confirmed Friday (April 28) with a 60-38 vote, marking the fourth time Acosta has been confirmed for an executive-brand positi...


Federal Agencies Ramp Up Home Depot Probe

Atlanta-based home improvement company The Home Depot faces investigations and fines in at least three states after its contractors allegedly mishandled the removal of lead paint.


Another FERC Commissioner to Resign

Another member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has announced that she will step down from her post, leaving the possibility that the board could be left with only one member.


Trump Expected to Initiate Offshore Action

President Donald J. Trump is expected to sign an executive order today (April 28) that will roll back limitations on offshore drilling that were put into place by the administration of Barac...


Trump Stops Contractor ‘Blacklist Rule’

A rule that would have required contractors seeking work on federal projects to disclose violations—including wage and hour laws, health and safety rules and civil rights protections—was str...


Trump Stops Contractor ‘Blacklist Rule’

President Donald J. Trump has struck down a rule that would have required contractors seeking work on federal projects to disclose labor civil, administrative and workplace protection violat...


UK Warns Offshore Operator Over Corrosion

Bluewater Energy Services has promised to comply with two warnings issued by safety regulators after nearly 500 outstanding mechanical corrosion and defects reports were found on one of its ...


President Proposes Cuts to EPA

The federal agency responsible for environmental protection efforts, enforcing lead-based paint renovation laws, and regulating chemicals found in paints and coatings would see a 31 percent ...


Lawmakers Revive Timber Bill

A controversial bill meant to bolster research, development and the construction of high-rise wood buildings in the U.S. has been reintroduced.


On the Regs: Blasting, Containment and the Law

As supervisor of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Air Compliance Unit, Cory Boeck works to ensure that potential contaminants, including at blasting and recoating jobsites, are prope...


Congress Votes to Pull 'Blacklist' Rule

A rule that would have required increased scrutiny on the labor and environmental records of companies seeking big federal contracts is one step closer to being dead in the water, after a vo...


Judge: Guam Shipyard Workers May Sue

A group of shipyard workers laid off suddenly when Guam Shipyard lost a military contract in 2013 will get to proceed with a class-action suit against the shipyard, after a judge gave the cl...


Owner, EPA Settle Lead Fines

A New Hampshire-based property developer has agreed to pay a fine of more than $90,000 to settle charges that it violated federal lead paint rules at a historic mill building renovation proj...


Senate Strikes Federal Contracting Changes

Congress has moved to strike a rule that would have required contractors bidding on federal projects to disclose civil, administrative and workplace protection violations.


OSHA Proposes Beryllium Rule Delay

Federal workplace-safety officials have proposed pushing back the effective date for a new rule on exposure to beryllium, citing a presidential memorandum calling for a temporary freeze on n...


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.


Trump Focuses on Repealing Regulations

President Donald J. Trump's plan to roll back federal regulations is in play.


Trump Orders Examination of Regulations

President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order Friday (Feb. 24) that establishes task forces within executive departments to identify regulations that might be ripe for repeal or modifi...


US Suit Defends Safety Whistleblower

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed suit against a global chemical company for allegedly firing two employees after they reported safety concerns regarding the handling of hazardous chemi...


NJ Governor Lowers Lead Limit

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed a law that limits the amount of lead allowed in a child’s blood before officials intervene, which may result in more lead-based paint abatement acti...


Army Corps Gives Dakota Access Green Light

The Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday (Feb. 7) that it would approve an easement that will allow the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172-mile underground pipeline that ...


NYC Construction Bills Spark Debate

New legislation in New York City has the construction industry divided, and a new state report reveals what regulators call "alarming trends" related to worker fatalities.


FERC Shakeup Threatens Pipeline Schedules

The resignation of a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, effective Friday (Feb. 3), has left natural gas pipeline project teams scrambling for approvals before what could be ...


Safety Bills Divide Workers in New York

A set of 21 bills aimed at increasing construction jobsite safety and a report revealing a crisis in rising construction fatalities in New York are fueling debate in the construction industr...


Steel Company Found Guilty in Falling Death

A federal judge has found a Missouri-based steel company responsible for a 22-year-old apprentice’s 2014 falling death.


OSHA Releases Silica Guide

As the construction industry prepares for new respirable crystalline silica rules to take effect in June, the federal agency in charge of enforcement is offering some guidance.


Trump Revives Keystone XL Pipeline

President Donald Trump revived the possibility that the Keystone XL pipeline could be built across the central United States when he reversed the Obama administration’s rejection of the oil ...


OSHA Silica Rule Guide Available

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will begin enforcing its new respirable crystalline silica standard for construction this June, and the federal agency has released a compli...


Website Tackles Misclassification

The consequences of misclassifying workers are real; workers may miss out on wage and benefit guarantees they deserve.


FTA Updates Grant Awardee Guidelines

The U.S. government agency overseeing federal aid for public transit projects has issued a newly revised document to help those who have been awarded grants to understand their responsibilit...


OSHA Probes Steel Fabricator after Death

Federal workplace safety regulators are investigating the crushing death of a worker at a structural steel facility in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.


Feds Unveil Website on Worker Classification

The United States Department of Labor has launched a new website to help employers and workers know the difference between an employee and an independent contractor—and the consequences if w...


US Construction Industry Hiring in 2017

A new sampling of opinion in the U.S. construction industry indicates that most American contractors are prepared to add staff in the coming year.


Construction Outlook Positive for 2017

Nearly three quarters of American construction companies plan to increase headcounts in 2017, according to a survey released this week.


OSHA Calls Roofer ‘Severe Violator’

An Illinois roofing contractor with a history of exposing workers to unsafe working conditions has once again been cited by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


US, EU Focus on Governing Nanomaterials

Chemical authorities in the U.S. and Europe are making progress on transparency initiatives regarding nanotechnology-based products, including coatings.


Contractor Fined $10K for Manslaughter

A New York general contractor convicted of manslaughter last June has been ordered to pay a $10,000 fine after refusing to obey the original sentence imposed, authorities relate.


Canada Moves to Ban Asbestos Outright

According to a newly announced government plan, asbestos, still used on some level in industries including construction and shipbuilding, will be banned completely in Canada by 2018.


Canada Targets Asbestos, New Building Codes

Government officials in Canada say they are committed to eliminating asbestos in the country by 2018.


Pipeline Safety Group Promotes Info Sharing

A new pipeline safety advisory committee has been formed with the objective of encouraging collaboration among stakeholders in order to improve gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipeline...


OSHA: Making Safety Data Public

As federal workplace safety regulators issue a final rule clarifying an employer's continuing obligation to make and maintain accurate records of injuries and illnesses, the United States De...


Asbestos Goes Under EPA Microscope

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking aim at 10 chemicals, including asbestos, using new powers granted to the agency by the recently enacted Toxic Substance Control Act reforms.


Halt to Overtime Rule Comes Under Appeal

Stakeholders on both sides of the controversial new overtime-pay rule that would make overtime pay available to 4.2 million workers continue to hash out its future in the court system.


Overtime Rule Roadblock Under Appeal

The future of a new overtime-pay rule that would have made overtime pay available to 4.2 million workers is uncertain due to a federal court ruling in Texas.


CA Proposes Antifouling Paints Rule

Antifouling coatings are the focus of regulatory actions being considered for addition to data requirements under the California Code of Regulations.


Case Hits Builder in Fatal Balcony Collapse

State contractor licensing regulators in California want to suspend or revoke the license of a general contractor linked to the deadly collapse of a Berkeley apartment building balcony in Ju...


EPA to Assess Asbestos, Other Chemicals

Asbestos is listed among the first 10 chemicals the Environmental Protection Agency is investigating under new powers granted under the Toxic Substance Control Act reform.


BASF Says Brand Meets China Standards

The Coatings Division of multinational chemical manufacturing corporation BASF has announced that its portfolio of wind energy-industry products is in compliance with future emissions guidel...


Industry Supports Trump on Infrastructure

With the contentious 2016 election behind them, U.S. transportation associations are looking ahead to what the future holds for infrastructure and other construction projects under President...


Industry Focuses on Trump Presidency

U.S. builders and architects are putting the contentious election behind them and focusing on the future and what they can expect from the mega-builder and developer turned President-elect D...


Explosion, Burns Spark Fines

A California roofing contractor faces nearly $25,000 in fines after a tank explosion burned two workers and launched them 10 feet to the ground.


Dow, DuPont Merger Review Held Up Again

Another roadblock has popped up for The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont as their proposed merger remains under review by European regulators.


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...


Dow, DuPont Merger Faces Hurdles

U.S.-based Dow Chemical and DuPont have once again failed to provide crucial data to European antitrust regulators—forcing the European Commission to suspend its review of the proposed merge...


UN Spotlights Lead Paint in Kenya

Public health officials are out to educate those in developing countries about the effects of lead exposure and poisoning.


Sherwin-Williams, Valspar Respond to FTC Rumor

Following an article suggesting that the pending merger between The Sherwin-Williams Company and Valspar was facing regulatory complications, both companies announced Friday the deal remains...


Sherwin-Williams, Valspar: Deal Unchanged

The Sherwin-Williams Company and Valspar intend to close their pending merger on schedule in early 2017 and at its planned price, the companies said Friday (Oct. 28), in the face of a report...


UN Agency Targets Lead Paint in Kenya

While many countries have programs and regulations in place to protect their citizens from the effects of lead poisoning, public health officials are now striving to educate those in develop...


Judge Delays Contractor 'Blacklist' Rule

A new rule that would put federal contractors under much closer scrutiny was delayed by a preliminary injunction from a federal judge in Texas Tuesday (Oct. 25), the day it was scheduled to ...


Last-Minute Order Delays Contractor Rule

A federal judge in Texas has issued a last-minute preliminary injunction against the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule, which was scheduled to go into partial effe...


OSHA Retaliation Rule Postponed Again

Implementation of a controversial new rule regarding workplace health and retaliation has again been postponed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


OSHA Further Delays Anti-Retaliation Measures

Employers will get yet another reprieve in anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s controversial “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnes...


Detroit Fines Arena Builders

Several contractors working on the new $627.5-million National Hockey League arena development in downtown Detroit have failed to follow a local hiring mandate, costing them at least $500,00...


Canadian Oil Pipelines Limiting Exports

A new Canadian government report says the country’s oil pipeline infrastructure is lacking, limiting oil exports and leading oil companies to rely on rail transport.


OSHA Proposes New Respirator Protocols

Federal regulators are looking to add two new fit-testing protocols to their standards on respiratory protection.


EPA to ‘Fast-Track’ Five Chemicals

Flame retardant chemicals used in polyurethane foam and consumer products are listed among the five chemicals the federal Environmental Protection Agency is looking to take “swift” action on...


Firm Cited Over Permit in PA Bridge Fire

Fire officials in Pittsburgh have cited the contractor working on a major bridge when it caught fire last month for failing to have the proper permits to do “hot work” in the city at the tim...


Review Proceeds on Dow-Dupont Merger

The proposed merger between chemical giants The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont is moving forward again, as an investigation by European regulators reopens after missing paperwork caused a w...


Dow-DuPont Deal Review Reopens

European regulators have restarted their investigation of the proposed merger between The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont, weeks after suspending the process due to missing paperwork, though...


Tesla Denies Paint Shop Bottleneck Report

Growing electric automaker Tesla is denying reports that its paint shop could be the source of a bottleneck that could slow its expanding production capacity.


U.K. Board Suspends Three Architects

Failing to control the costs of a project and building in breach of planning permissions and regulations have resulted in suspensions for three U.K. architects, according to authorities.


EU’s Copper Approval to Benefit Shipping

The European Union’s decision this summer to approve the use of copper in marine antifoulings is expected to deliver significant benefits for both the shipping industry and environment, says...


OSHA Focuses on Shipyard Falls

As the first step in revising safety standards regarding falls in shipyards, federal safety regulators have issued a call for input on the requirements.


More Injection Wells Halted After OK Quake

A Labor Day weekend earthquake in Oklahoma that was originally reported at magnitude 5.6 was upgraded late last week to a record 5.8, prompting the closure of a total of 54 wastewater inject...


Suit Calls for EPA Action on Lead Paint

Seven public health and environmental justice groups have accused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of “unreasonable delay” in its obligation to update lead-based paint and lead dust ...


CA Weighs New Builder Disclosure Rules

California legislators are looking to increase regulations on contractors and balcony construction, specifically, in the wake of the June 2015 balcony collapse in Berkeley, which killed six ...


FEMA Floats Flood-Resilient Construction Rules

As central Louisiana continues to recover from last week's devastating floods, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has proposed new regulations aimed at rebuilding flood-prone communitie...


Rules Proposed for Building in Flood Areas

A week after recent historic flooding hit central Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has proposed new regulations aimed at rebuilding flood-prone communities “higher and stro...


EPA, Texas at Odds Over Wells and Quakes

Federal and state officials seem to be at odds over the effect oil and gas drilling are having on seismic activity in northern Texas, as a new review from the Environmental Protection Agency...


Experts Denounce Tortoise-Painting

Tortoise shell is decidedly “in” as a design for eyeglass frames, but for some in Florida, it’s apparently not stylish enough on actual tortoises—so much so that conservation officials are c...


Paint Mineral Linked to Child Labor

A British newspaper has uncovered evidence that an ingredient in paints used by several major automakers may in some cases be sourced from mines in India that employ children as young as 10 ...


Design Standards Spark Suit

An Indiana city’s attempt at standardizing architecture within its limits has sparked a lawsuit—the outcome of which could have far-reaching implications, reports say.


Officials Ban Coal Tar Sealants

San Antonio has become the latest U.S. city to prohibit the use of coal tar-based sealants on projects throughout the area.


City Prohibits Coal Tar Sealants

San Antonio, TX, recently became the largest city in the United States to ban the use of coal tar-based sealants on projects in the region, city authorities said.


OSHA Reporting Rule Provisions on Hold

Employers anticipating enforcement to begin in August for provisions of the new federal injury and illness tracking rule are getting a brief reprieve.


OSHA Delays Part of Injury Reporting Rule

Federal workplace safety regulators have delayed enforcement of anti-retaliation provisions in its new hot-button injury and illness reporting rule.


Spray Paint Ad Claims Draw Fire

One line of spray paint from an industry giant is under fire from advertising watchdogs for what could be construed as unsubstantiated claims—but the product hasn’t been pulled or renamed ju...


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.


Feds Dive into Offshore Bolt Failures

Corporate officials and federal regulators are scrutinizing the integrity of massive bolts connecting subsea structures in the oil and gas industry.


Valspar Shareholders Approve $11B Deal

Shareholders in Minneapolis-based paint company Valspar voted Wednesday (June 29) to approve the sale of the company to rival Sherwin-Williams.


$11B Valspar Deal Gets Shareholders’ OK

Paint and coatings maker Valspar, based in Minneapolis, received the support of its shareholders Wednesday (June 29), as they voted to approve the proposed sale of the company to rival The S...


Doctors Call for Lead Rule Revisions

American pediatricians say current lead rules provide only the “illusion of safety.”


Chemical Law Update Gets President's OK

The U.S. president has signed a bipartisan bill that would update the Toxic Substances Control Act, the federal law governing how chemicals are managed, for the first time in 40 years.


President Signs New Chemical Law

Bipartisan legislation that intends to bring the Toxic Substances Control Act into the 21st century has been signed into law.


Cheated NY Workers Get Windfall

For one contractor, it turns out taking a cab ride home actually made him (and his friends) money. Albeit, it was money he was owed for work done over a decade ago.


Stadium Worker Death Spurs Fines

Minnesota workplace health and safety regulators have levied fines against the contractor and a subcontractor who helped build the new professional football stadium in Minneapolis.


Stucco Firm Faces Fines

A Pennsylvania stucco contractor has once again run afoul of workplace regulations concerning fall protection and unsafe scaffolding, according to authorities.


Limiting Lead: A Global Issue

The vast majority of developing countries do not have regulations governing the amount of lead in paints, according to a new study.


Toxic Chemical Bill Passes House

Following months of negotiations in an effort to modernize the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S. House of Representatives passed a final version of a bill that sets guidelin...


House OKs Chemical Update

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a final version of a bill that will update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), governing the manufacture, transportation and regulation of ...


Will Overtime Rule Hurt or Help Workers?

While the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new rule implementing changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations governing who is exempt from overtime, construction ...


Industry Groups Slam Overtime Rule

Construction industry groups argue that the new overtime wage rule aimed at increasing wages for middle-income Americans will actually do the opposite.


OSHA Issues Final Injury Reporting Rule

Federal workplace safety authorities have finalized a rule requiring employers in construction and other industries to electronically report workplace injuries and illnesses on a public webs...


ACA Urges Chemical Bill Resolution

Coating manufacturers say the window to bring home the first overhaul of chemical safety laws in a generation is narrowing.


Bill Aims to Spur Wood Building Boom

A new bipartisan bill aims to accelerate research, development and the construction of high-rise wood buildings in the U.S.


Bill to Require Fire-Resistant Coatings

Fire-resistant coatings would be mandatory in all new commercial buildings in Philadelphia, under a newly introduced bill.


Deepwater Disaster Spurs Offshore Rules

Federal officials have announced the release of new well control regulations intended to reduce the risk of death, serious injury or substantial harm to the environment as the result of an o...


Coatings Company Settles with EPA

A Massachusetts polyester resin and specialty chemical products manufacturer has settled allegations it violated federal clean water laws.


Associations File Suit Over Silica Rule

A coalition of construction industry associations taking issue with the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration silica rule are taking their concerns to a federal appeals court.


Groups Seek Silica Rule Review

Several construction industry groups are petitioning a federal appeals court to review the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new rule regulating silica dust exposure.


OSHA Updates PPE Requirements

Federal officials have published a final rule to align their eye and face protection rules with other current safety standards.


OSHA Issues Final Silica Dust Rule

Federal workplace regulators have issued a long-awaited rule aimed at protecting workers from respirable silica dust exposure.


OSHA OKs Long-Delayed Silica Dust Rule

The much-anticipated final rule intended to better protect workers from respirable silica dust exposure has finally been issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.


Worker Dies in 53-Story Fall

Workplace safety authorities have launched an investigation after a worker fell 800 feet to his death Thursday (March 17) at the Wilshire Grand Center construction site in downtown Los Angel...


Resins, Polymers Firm Settles with EPA

A West Coast specialty polymers company has reached a settlement regarding alleged violations of a federal law governing water pollution at a manufacturing facility in Fairfield, CA.


Coatings Resin Producer Settles EPA Case

A California resin and polymer company has settled allegations it violated provisions of the federal law governing water pollution at a manufacturing facility in Fairfield.


Metal Band Can Keep ‘Architects’ Name

Misuse of the title “architect” can result in some serious penalties in the UK, but one recent case suggests the profession’s regulatory body takes a more relaxed view when the title is used...


Execs Admit to Roles in Contract Scheme

Two former employees of a New Jersey engineering, environmental and energy consulting firm face prison time and thousands in restitution after conceding their participation in a $1 million c...


2 Guilty Pleas in NJ ‘Pay-to-Play’ Scheme

Former New Jersey engineering executives are facing several years in prison after admitting to a $1 million scheme to evade the state’s “pay-to-play” law.


Safety Stand-Down Week Set for May

Millions of construction workers across the country are expected to take part in the third annual National Safety Stand-Down, organized by U.S. workplace health and safety officials.


OSHA Announces Safety Stand-Down Dates

U.S. workplace health and safety officials have announced that the third annual National Safety Stand-Down will take place May 2-6, 2016.


Undercover Sting Nets 23 Contractors

Contractor licensing officials in California have nabbed 23 alleged unlicensed operators, including eight painters and decorators in the Los Angeles area.


Bill to Rein in VA Construction Control

After a $1 billion botched Veterans’ Affairs’ hospital project in Denver, the U.S. House of Representatives has moved forward with a plan to take away some of the agency’s construction autho...


Designer to Pay $3M in ‘Buy American’ Case

A Wisconsin-based design and construction firm will pay a $3 million settlement to resolve civil and criminal allegations that it used foreign materials on federally funded construction proj...


New OSHA Training Cards Coming

More secure completion cards for Occupational Safety and Health Administration volunteer safety classes will be in place by the end of next month.


OSHA to Launch New Training Cards

In a move aimed at reducing fraud and improving efficiency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is rolling out more durable and secure completion cards for its 10-hour and 30-h...


Recovery, Challenges Ahead in Construction

Nearly three-quarters of American construction firms plan to add workers in 2016, according to a survey released this week.


Construction Outlook Mixed for 2016

Nearly three-quarters of American construction firms plan to add workers in 2016, according to a survey released this week.


Will LNG Exports Boost Shipbuilding?

Shipyards in the United States could see a major boost in newbuilding orders if a congressional mandate goes forward requiring all liquid natural gas (LNG) exports to be transported on U.S.-...


Construction Policy Grades Are In

When it comes to policies and issues affecting the commercial and industrial construction industry, all U.S. states are not created equal.


Fall Hazards Result in $103K OSHA Bill

Federal workplace safety authorities say an Illinois roofing contractor exposed employees to fall hazards up to 19 feet.


‘Treehouse Master’ Draws Fine in OR

Contractors' licensing officials in Oregon have slapped the host of the Animal Planet show “Treehouse Masters” with a fine for allegedly building a tree abode sans license.


Renovators Fined for Asbestos Hazards

Three Texas commercial real estate renovation companies are facing over $110,000 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to asbestos hazards, authorities have announced.


New Rule: Hazardous Waste Generator

In an effort to make hazardous waste regulations more user-friendly, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed an update to its Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).


Webinar Explores New Regulations

New regulations and safety trends relevant to industrial coatings professionals are the focus of the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


CA Companies Settle Lead Lapses

One of the largest lessors of single-family residences in the U.S. and a California general contractor will pay more than $46,000 to settle allegations involving lead-based paint regulations...


Home Renovator Settles RRP Case

A Missouri renovation company will pay $21,980 civil penalty to settle allegations that it failed to comply with federal lead-safe regulations.


Artist Can Keep ‘Un-Swedish’ Paint Job

Artist Bernth Uhno will be allowed to keep the paint job that officials had ordered removed after saying the choice of a gradient color was not "Swedish."


Pipeline Rule Held Up By Inspections

One amendment to the final rule on new pipeline safety regulations—in the works since 2011—has been delayed indefinitely, according to the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardo...


Safety Probe Spurs Manslaughter Charges

The owner and foreman of a California construction company face manslaughter charges stemming from the falling death of an employee.


OSHA Sets Target for Final Silica Rule

A final rule limiting workplace exposure to silica could be published as soon as January 2017, according to reports.


OSHA Cites Date for New Silica Rule

A final ruling from OSHA limiting workplace exposure to silica should be on the books in just a little over year, reports say.


Painters Nabbed in Undercover Sting

Painters numbered among nine suspected unlicensed contractors caught in a recent undercover sting operation in California.


Roofer Fined $137K for Repeat Dangers

One of the largest residential and commercial roofing companies in Florida faces $136,500 in fines for allegedly exposing workers to falls from heights up to 20 feet without fall protection.


Roofer Sentenced for Lying to OSHA

The owner of an Alabama steel and roofing company has been sentenced to three years of probation and 30 hours of community service after lying to federal safety authorities regarding a March...


Fines Levied for Fall Hazards

Federal safety authorities have proposed $47,000 in fines against an Ohio roofing contractor with a history of safety violations.


OSHA Offers 'Clarity' in Injury Reporting

Federal workplace safety regulators have published a proposed rule to aimed at clarifying employers' recordingkeeeping obligations.


8 Landlords Settle EPA Lead-Paint Case

Seven associated Connecticut property management companies and one individual property owner have agreed to pay $48,000 to resolve allegations involving lead-based paint regulations.


Ignoring OSHA Fines Lands Roofers in Jail

Officers of a Florida based roofing company were recently incarcerated for more than a week after failing to comply with federal workplace safety standards and pay associated fines.


MO Renovator Settles RRP Case

LENEXA, KS--A window and siding contractor has agreed to pay $13,566 to settle claims that it violated federal lead-safe renovation rules on two projects.


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.


Alert, App Help Workers Beat the Heat

WASHINGTON--With summer in full swing, the health risks to painters, inspectors, construction workers and others working outside are rising with the temperatures.


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.


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...


OSHA Gives Look at the Transgender Loo

WASHINGTON--Caitlyn Jenner and the 700,000 other American adults who identify as transgender have newly defined federal protections in the workplace, a new guide reminds employers.


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...


Supreme Court: Lead Case May Proceed

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A teenager's lawsuit alleging lead-paint poisoning may go forward, even though he cannot say which company's paint caused the problem.


MN Enacts Ban on Flame Retardants

ST. PAUL, MN—Minnesota has turned up the heat on flame-retardant chemicals, enacting the nation’s most restrictive law of its kind.


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,...


Bipartisan Building Energy Law Signed

WASHINGTON, DC—A new U.S. law will hold commercial tenants to new energy usage standards and require more energy benchmarking for federally leased buildings.


Showtime Delayed for Hollywood Towers

LOS ANGELES—A pair of mixed-use skyscrapers will have to wait a while longer for their big premiere in the heart of Hollywood, according to local reports.


Asbestos Job Draws $490K OSHA Fine

HARRISBURG, PA—An environmental-services contractor is facing $490,000 in federal fines in a case alleging egregious asbestos hazards.


‘Unauthorized’ Mural Roils Dublin Vote

DUBLIN—A giant, apparently unpermitted, public mural of two men embracing has stoked the fire raging around Ireland's upcoming marriage-equality referendum.


MS Contractor Fined in Fatal Fall

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS—Federal safety authorities are proposing $58,700 in fines against the employer of a Mississippi construction worker who perished in a 20-foot fall.


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.


ACA Develops New Hazard Labels

WASHINGTON, D.C.—New hazardous-materials labels designed to communicate in-plant hazard information and comply with OSHA standards are now available for purchase.


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 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.


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.


UK Adopts Home-Size Minimums

New homes in the UK will be less cramped under newly approved minimum space standards.


Silica Rule's Foes Report New Costs

Slashing silica exposures in the workplace will cost billions of dollars more than the government estimates, opponents of the plan say.


Colorful Paint Job Found ‘Not Swedish’

Officials in eastern Sweden have ordered an artist to repaint his home because the chosen color scheme is not “Swedish,” according to reports.


Contractor Gets 11th OSHA Case

A nationwide roofing contractor with a history of safety violations now faces two new cases alleging continued lack of fall protection, federal authorities say.


Energy Cuts Try, Try, Try, Try Again

For the fourth time in five years, a bipartisan bill that aims to cut energy use in commercial and residential buildings has been proposed in the U.S. Senate.


Seven Stings Net 85 Contractors

Undercover investigators in California have nabbed 85 suspected unlicensed contractors, including 27 painters, in simultaneous sting operations across seven cities.


Free Webinar Tackles Coatings Training

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


Builder Brothers in Trouble in IA

An Iowa-based home-repair contractor who allegedly collected substantial up-front payments and failed to finish projects will pay $102,000 in restitution to 25 victims, according to authorit...


New Paint Tax to Help Clean China's Air

In a move sure to sting worldwide, China has decided to tackle its smoggy skies with a new tax on Volatile Organic Content in paints and coatings.


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.


Fed OSHA Rejects AZ Fall Guidelines

As expected, federal safety authorities have rejected Arizona’s tailor-made regulation for residential fall protection, saying the 2012 revised statute falls short of federal standards.


Bill Requires Buildings to Go Beige

Bright colors would be out and beige would be in for all government buildings and structures in the Republic of the Philippines, under a new bill.


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.


U.S. Building Trade Opens with Cuba

U.S. building materials manufacturers, including coatings companies, are now allowed to ship goods to Cuba to renovate private buildings under new regulations.


L.A. to Weigh Mandatory Quakeproofing

Apparently dissatisfied with voluntary efforts, Los Angeles officials are drafting an ordinance that would mandate seismic retrofits for thousands of vulnerable buildings, according to repor...


EPA Weighs Coating TDI Restrictions

Coatings, adhesives and other products containing harmful chemicals are the focus of a new federal proposal to limit the use of those chemicals.


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.


UK Axes Architects in Dues Dustup

A row between British architects and their professional board has erupted for a second straight year, with hundreds of professionals finding themselves cast off the registry rolls.


Stormwater Stalling Spurs Lawsuit

In a move likely to impact construction in all sectors, environmental groups are suing to enforce a 2003 court order that requires the federal government to strengthen regulations preventing...


Fines Levied in Dorm Project Death

Federal safety authorities have fined four contractors involved in a Florida State University dorm construction project where a worker was killed last July.


OSHA Cites 6 Firms for Asbestos

Six Chicago-area contractors face a total of $132,040 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to asbestos, lead and electrical hazards while renovating a school in Evanston.


Report: $50M Diverted from NJ Lead Fund

For the past decade, New Jersey officials have “virtually robbed” some $50 million intended for lead hazard controls in order to pay routine bills and salaries, according to a new investigat...


New Injury Reporting Rule Takes Effect

In an effort to reduce the three million annual injuries in U.S. workplaces, employers are starting 2015 with new federal reporting mandates.


Construction Hails Coal-Ash Rule

Calling it "good news for taxpayers," builders and contractors are cheering a federal decision not to regulate fly ash and other coal waste as hazardous materials.


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...


Probation, Fine Set in Workplace Death

The owner of a Montana residential and commercial asphalt company has avoided a jail sentence, but must pay $20,00 in fines and restitution after an employee was killed on the job.


OSHA Won't Act on Dust in 2015

Deflecting calls for action by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, the Obama Administration will indefinitely defer a rule to control combustible dust in general industry.


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...


Bricklayer Gets 3rd OSHA Strike

A Pennsylvania contractor with a history of safety infractions and unpaid fines is facing new penalties topping $100,000 for serious hazards at two different worksites.


Coal Ash Decision Hits Home Stretch

So, are ash, slag and other coal combustion waste products hazardous or not?


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...


Renovator Faces $51K RRP Fine

Federal authorities have hit a San Francisco Bay-area renovator with a $51,000 fine for allegedly violating lead-based paint regulations while performing work on foreclosed homes.


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.


Program to Prevent Worker Hearing Loss

Nearly half of all construction workers suffer hearing loss—a permanent, but preventable illness—according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).


CA Contractor Sting Nets Painters

A sting operation in California has nabbed 10 suspected unlicensed contractors, including five painters.


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.


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?


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.


Road to Risk Rule Likely to Lengthen

Facing a deadline, the American Coatings Association is asking federal regulators for more time to produce information on the industry’s risk-management plans for chemical releases.


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.


Guidance Aims to Protect Temp Labor

New to the site, assigned on the fly, and often untrained, temporary workers are highly vulnerable to serious or fatal injury—a gap that new federal guidance seeks to fill.


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.


GC Held Liable for Sub’s Lapses

A general contractor well acquainted with a subcontractor’s indifference to fall protection is being held responsible for just such a lapse spotted by a federal inspector.


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 Delays Injury Reporting Rule

Facing criticism from the business community, federal regulators have extended the comment period for a controversial proposal to put injury and illness data online.


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.


Feds Ban Builder for Wage Violations

A Detroit-based contractor has been barred from bidding on federal contracts for up to three years after investigators found that the firm had failed to pay $415,000 in wages.


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.


Commercial Lead Plan Inches Forward

Moving slowly but steadily toward a lead rule for renovation of commercial and public buildings, federal regulators have released an approach for estimating lead exposures during those proje...


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.


Flame-Retardant Decision Challenged

Chemical makers are urging a leading heath-management organization to reconsider its decision to stop buying furniture made with flame-retardant chemicals.


Trump Sign Stirs Up Drama in Chicago

Donald Trump thinks his name should be displayed more than 20 feet tall, 141 feet long, and 96 stories high. Others don't, however, setting up a showdown between The Donald, architectural cr...


Contractor Held in Storm Victim Fraud

An Oklahoma contractor is facing criminal charges after allegedly scamming victims of the 2013 tornado that devastated the town of Moore.


Hospital Giant to Shed Flame Retardants

Citing health concerns, one of the nation’s largest health-management organizations will phase out furniture containing toxic flame-retardants at its hundreds of facilities.


CO Passes Paint Recycling Law

Lawmakers in Colorado have approved legislation establishing the PaintCare program for managing unused paint, making it the eighth state to enact the initiative.


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.


4 Deaths Prompt Cal/OSHA Action

California safety regulators are ramping up inspections at construction work sites in the wake of a series of fatal accidents in the San Francisco Bay area.


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...


Contractors Cited in Texas A&M Fatality

Federal safety officials have imposed $130,700 in fines against two Texas-based subcontractors after a 25-year-old worker died from a fall during renovations at the Texas A&M stadium in Coll...


Contractor Jailed for Beach Asbestos

The owner of a South Carolina renovation company will spend six months in prison for contaminating a beach and oceanfront properties with asbestos-laden materials, authorities say.


OSHA Seeks $119K in Roofer Death

Federal regulators have proposed a $119,350 fine against a Massachusetts general contractor following an investigation into the fatal fall of a roofer.


OSHA Hits Powder Coatings Firm

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


Painting Contractor Cited for Falls, Lead

An Illinois restoration contractor with a history of safety violations faces a new tab of almost $160,000 for 25 alleged violations of federal workplace safety standards.


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.


Contractors Stung in ‘Border Blitz’

Authorities in California and Nevada have rounded up 19 unlicensed residential contractors in a joint “border blitz” sting operation that focused on the South Lake Tahoe area.


Concrete Maker Cited for Repeat Dangers

Federal authorities are accusing a Pennsylvania concrete manufacturer of multiple repeat and serious violations of safety standards at its plant—the company’s fourth case in five years.


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.


Lowe’s to Settle RRP Case for $500K

Lowe’s Home Centers LLC has agreed to pay $500,000—the largest penalty of its kind yet imposed—to settle claims that it violated federal lead-safe renovation rules.


License Lapse Halts $6.3M Drywall Job

Drywall work on a $150 million condominium project in downtown San Diego has been halted after California officials discovered that the subcontractor was unlicensed in the state.


‘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.


ACA Warns of Rule 1113 Changes

Sounding an early alarm for coating makers, the American Coatings Association says the nation’s toughest VOC rules on field-applied paints and coatings could be changing again soon.


Window Maker Settles RRP Case

A Pennsylvania window manufacturer and installer will pay a $25,690 civil penalty to settle allegations that it failed to comply with federal lead-safe regulations.


Indiana to Switch off Energy Program

A new law will pull the plug Dec. 31 on an Indiana program designed to make homes, businesses and schools more energy efficient.


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.


Contractors Get Affirmative Action Rule

U.S. veterans and people with disabilities will increase their numbers in the federal contracting workforce under new affirmative-action rules that took effect this week.


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.


Feds Set to Reject AZ Fall Guidelines

Federal safety authorities are poised to reject Arizona’s tailor-made regulation for residential fall protection, saying the 2012 revised statute falls short of federal standards.


CA Targeting Spray PU Foam Chemical

The spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry has mobilized quickly against a plan by California regulators to target a toxic chemical often used to make SPF products.


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.


U.S. House Passes Building Energy Bill

A bipartisan bill that would hold commercial tenants to new energy usage standards has sailed through the U.S. House on a 375-36 vote.


Employers Unite against Silica Rule

More than two dozen construction, manufacturing and contractor organizations are calling for the withdrawal of a federal proposal to limit silica exposure in the workplace.


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.


‘Absolutely Huge’ Regs on Tap for 2014

ORLANDO—From the Danger signs it posts to the labs it employs, the U.S. commercial construction industry should gird now for a slew of new major regulatory actions coming this year, an indus...


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.).


W.R. Grace Pays $63M Asbestos Tab

Global building chemicals and materials supplier W.R. Grace & Co. has paid $63 million to resolve 10-year-old claims for environmental cleanups at nearly 40 sites in 21 states, according to ...


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.


Google Told to Move Mystery Project

The next big Google search is likely to be for a new location for the tech giant's floating four-story building in San Francisco Bay.


Roofer Fined $59K in OSHA Fall Push

Federal safety authorities have proposed $59,290 in fines against a Florida roofing company amid a regional crackdown on falls in construction.


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...


Building Products Maker Settles EPA Case

A California construction products manufacturer will pay a $43,000 fine and spend $23,350 to upgrade its finishing facility to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act.


Whiting-Turner Cited in Fatal Collapse

A Maryland general contractor whose employee was killed and another seriously injured in the collapse of nearly 50,000 pounds of concrete is facing $11,125 in fines for serious safety violat...


Silica Commenters Get 2nd Reprieve

Friends and foes of a federal proposal to slash silica exposures in the workplace will have even more time to comment on the plan.


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.


Contractor Charged in $330K Fraud Case

A California general contractor and his foreman are facing more than a dozen years behind bars in an alleged scam that raked in more than $330,000 from their employees, prosecutors announced...


PA Roofer Cited in Fatal Fall

A Pennsylvania roofing contractor that employed a worker who was killed in a 45-foot fall last June faces $71,600 in federal fines for exposing workers to fall hazards without protection and...


Worker Cool-Down Law Begins in CA

Construction employers who scrambled this week to protect their workers from extreme cold must soon protect them from heat dangers like exhaustion or stroke, under a new California law.


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.


Contractors Cited in Texas A&M Collapse

Federal safety officials have levied $46,800 in proposed fines against two Texas-based contractors after a building under construction at Texas A&M University collapsed last June, injuring f...


New Colorant VOC Limits Set for 2014

The United States’ first VOC regulation on colorants for architectural and industrial maintenance coatings is poised to take effect New Year’s Day.


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.


OSHA Seeks Comment on 4 Standards

From flammable liquids to blasting and chemical safety, the federal government is seeking input on four potential rule changes that could affect the building industry.


Affirmative-Action Plan Sparks Suit

A Labor Department proposal that would require federal contractors to meet newly established hiring quotas for people with disabilities has wound up in court.


CA Contractor Sting Nets 8 Suspects

A sting operation that nabbed eight suspected unlicensed contractors, including three painters, took place at a very unlikely location—an industry association office in California.


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.


Study Reveals High Lead Levels in Paint

Decorative household paints being sold in some developing countries have more than 10 times the lead concentrations allowed in North American paints and pose a serious risk to young children...


Aerogel Maker Gets $85M Pollution Tab

Honored just recently for its insulaton technology, Cabot Corp. has now agreed to pay a $975,000 fine and spend about $84 million on new equipment to resolve alleged federal air-pollution vi...


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...


EPA Fines MO Remodeler in Lead Case

A Missouri contractor has agreed to pay $30,000 to resolve allegations that it violated federal lead-safety regulations in restoring a 19th-century home.


Sherwin-Williams Takeover Nixed Again

In a stunning setback for Sherwin-Williams, the government of Mexico has again rejected the company's year-long, $2.34 billion bid to acquire the operations of rival Consorcio Comex, S.A. de...


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...


$33K in Fines for 2nd Project Death

Federal safety authorities have levied $33,600 in fines against a siding subcontractor and general contractor in the second fatal accident at a problem-plagued apartment project in Fayettevi...


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.


CA to Review Flame Retardants

The days of using hazardous flame-retardant chemicals in building foam insulation may be numbered in California, under a new law that will take a closer look at those chemicals.


Contractor Blames Worker Buried Alive

An employee who was buried alive at an apartment project in May failed to exercise ordinary care for his own safety, leading to the accident that claimed his life, according to court documen...


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.


EPA Retreats on 2 Chemical Rules

U.S. regulators have quietly dropped longstanding safety proposals to step up oversight of flame retardants and building chemicals and require companies to disclose more chemical information...


Lead Lawsuits Push Firm to Bankruptcy

Soaring legal expenses from more than 70 active lead-paint cases and previous judgments have driven a large affordable-housing management business in Maryland to file for bankruptcy.


Chicago Joins Energy Benchmarking Cities

Thousands of large buildings across the Chicago skyline will be required to report their energy use and authorize the city to disclose the numbers to the public under a new mandate.


MA Fines, Exposes Contractors

Adding a dose of public shame to its enforcement toolbox, Massachusetts has begun announcing the names of home-improvement contractors caught in the state's disciplinary net.


OSHA Backs Off New Inspection Plan

Employers who participate in federal safety programs will continue to enjoy exemptions from certain inspections after regulators dropped a plan to adjust the program.


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.


‘Boat Home’ Hits Choppy Zoning Waters

A Virginia Beach, VA, homeowner’s decades-long passion for his nautically enhanced home has finally run aground on the local zoning board.


Collapse of 2 Apartments Spurs Fines

A British construction company and its owner will pay thousands of dollars in fines for breaches of safety regulations that led to the 2011 collapse of two apartment buildings in central Lon...


Housing Authority Settles Lead Case

A Massachusetts public housing authority has agreed to pay $11,000 to resolve claims that it failed to inform prospective tenants about the possibility of lead-based paint in their homes.


Mayor Arrested in Factory Disaster

Three months after more than 1,100 people perished in a factory collapse in Savar, Bangladesh, the city’s former mayor has been arrested for his oversight of the building’s construction and ...


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.


Bidding Challenges Focus of New Bills

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


Whistleblower Case Costs Firm $160K

A cleaning and restoration company in Ohio has been ordered by federal regulators to pay $161,228 to a technician who was wrongfully terminated after he raised safety concerns during a lead-...


New Bills Target Bidding Barriers

Two new bills aim to streamline the construction contracting process for federal projects.


Millionaires’ Murals Heat up the Locals

Homeowners in Florida and California are fighting City Hall—with mixed results—over murals that are making waves in their communities.


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.


$7,600 Fine for Worker Buried Alive

Federal investigators have fined a contractor $7,600 in the first of two worker deaths at a problem-plagued apartment construction project in Fayetteville, AR.


Paint Makers Push Regulatory Overhaul

Stand and challenge “sue and settle” and other means of regulatory overreach, the American Coatings Association is urging Congress.


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 Rules on Formaldehyde Proposed

Plywood, particle board, adhesives and other building materials made with formaldehyde would face new curbs on emissions under a rule newly proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agen...


Paint Recycling Bill Triumphs in MN

Gallons of leftover and unused paint will be collected and recycled under a new law in Minnesota, making that state the fifth in the nation to do so.


OSHA Hits Wood Framer with $290K Bill

Fall hazards and other safety problems at a New Hampshire construction site may cost a Massachusetts wood framing contractor with a history of violations nearly $300,000 in new federal fines...


Wal-Mart to Pay $81M in Hazardous Waste Cases

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has admitted to improperly disposing of paints, aerosols, pesticides and other hazardous waste at its stores across the country and will pay more than $81 million to res...


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.


Roofer Faces 9th OSHA Case in 10 Years

An Illinois roofing contractor with a slew of past federal safety violations has been fined another $47,960 for exposing workers to falls of heights up to 20 feet and other hazards.


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...


5 Firms Fined Over Deadly Collapse

Serious federal safety violations with penalties totaling more than $38,000 have been levied against five companies involved in the construction of a Florida college parking garage that coll...


Water Woes to Cost Concrete Maker $1M+

Pollution of wetlands and waterways from unpermitted runoff and process water discharges will cost a New Hampshire concrete producer more than $1.3 million to remedy, under state and federal...


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.


Trade Groups Fight ‘Guest Worker’ Plan

A cap on the number of “guest worker” visas granted to U.S. construction companies under a proposed immigration agreement has industry groups up in arms.


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.


EPA Turns up Heat on Flame Retardants

Amid mounting concerns and evidence of their risks, 20 flame-retardant chemicals will undergo new assessments this year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


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.


VT, MN to Hop on Paint Recycling Train

Two more states are preparing to join a growing nationwide effort to collect and recycle leftover and unwanted paint.


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.


Asbestos at 25 AZ Schools Spurs Fines

Six Arizona school districts face fines totaling $94,575 for violating federal asbestos rules at 25 schools, the Environmental Protection Agency has announced.


Roof Coaters Offer Interactive VOC Maps

Trying to navigate which of the many VOC regulations govern your coatings project area? Now, there's a tool that can help.


Canada Plans to Lower Paint VOC Limits

Working from a U.S. template, Canada is proposing Volatile Organic Compound concentration limits for paints, coatings and other consumer products.


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 Impending Minerals Rule

The American Coatings Association has joined forces with opponents of a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission plan to require greater disclosures involving products that use so-called "Con...


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.


EU Deliberates Lead Paint Limits

Lead paint used in restoring and maintaining Europe's historic interiors, monuments and artworks could take on special "hazardous" status, under new measures being weighed by the European Un...


Nebraska Renovator Settles Lead Case

A Nebraska window and siding contractor will pay a $6,188 fine to settle allegations that it violated federal lead-paint disclosure rules, under a new settlement agreement.


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.


Florida City Reins in Paint Colors

A south Florida city has approved an ordinance dictating what colors business owners may paint their buildings in commercial zones.


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.


EPA Revives RRP Expansion Plan

Commercial painters, remodelers and interested parties have three months to voice opinions on expanding the controversial federal lead renovation rule into the commercial and public building...


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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