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Understanding the New OSHA Rule for Respirable Crystalline Silica

In June 2015, OSHA issued a new silica rule to take effect one year later. This new rule created standards specifically addressing silica exposure as it relates to the disease silicosis.


EPA Publishes New Chemical Notices, Risks

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it improved public access to certain reports submitted by chemical companies in its web application for public access to no...


Klamath Dam Demolition Procures Final Approval

Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave its final approval to remove four dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon, allowing what will be the largest dam removal p...


Buy America Material Requirement Takes Effect

While the Buy America requirements for construction materials took effect last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation has also proposed two new partial waivers for certain projects.


Property Firm Penalized for Lead Paint

In the latest slew of penalizations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for lead-based paint violations, a property management and development firm in Waterbury, Connecticut, was rec...


MI Lead Pipe Replacement Nearing Completion

This month, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that the accelerated campaign to replace aging lead water service lines in the City of Benton Harbor is nearing completion, almost fi...


Report: Construction Death Rate Stagnant

Despite efforts made by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to better protect the construction industry’s workforce, recent reports have indicated th...


EPA Issues Drinking Water Contaminant List

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its Final Fifth Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List, including an expansion of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances...


Renovators, Contractors Fined for Paint Violations

As a result of being found in violation of lead-based paint safety regulations, 22 residential home renovators and contractors from Idaho and Washington recently settled with the U.S. Enviro...


Antimicrobial Paint Used in Case Study

In an emailed press release, global coatings manufacturer PPG recently shared that its antimicrobial paint containing Corning Guardiant technology was used to protect the largest school syst...


NY Landlord Arraigned for Lead Violations

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office recently announced the arraignment of Carrie A. Preischel of Boston, New York, for exposing a tenant to unsafe levels of lead paint.


New Safety Law Impacting FL Condo Owners

Since the signing of Senate Bill 4-D by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, condominium owners and associations are sharing concerns over the likelihood of meeting the new regulation requirements...


EPA Reducing Lead Exposure with RRP Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working to reduce childhood lead exposure through improved compliance with the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.


DOL Proposes Worker Classification Rule

On Oct. 13, the U.S. Department of Labor published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on classifying employees and independent contractors.


EPA Announces Lead Exposure Initiative

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the official launch of a nationwide training and outreach initiative focused on reducing childhood lead exposure.


OSHA Issues Metal Coatings Company Citations

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited a metal coatings company for 21 violations at its New Jersey manufacturing site.


Federal Court Upends $6M Lead Case

In a recent ruling, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to clear The Sherwin-Williams Company from a case where, in 2019, a jury awarded $6 million to three men whose brain dam...


Company Fined $1.6M for Pipeline Violations

National Grid, a multinational electricity and gas utility company, has recently been fined $1.6 million by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’ Pipeline Safety Division related...


MI Proposes VOC Rule Amendments

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy issued a proposed rule package at the end of September regarding volatile organic compound emissions.


Chicago Passes Decarbonization Bill

Late last month, Chicago City Council voted to pass Mayor Lori Lightfoot's 2022 Chicago Energy Transformation Code, making the city one of the first major U.S. cities and the first city in I...


New Product Announcement: High Solids Epoxy Lining

Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine has recently announced the launch of its new NSF/ANSI/CAN 600-compliant high solids epoxy lining for potable water assets.


EPA Finalizes NJ Superfund Site Cleanup Plan

At the end of last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized an amendment to its original cleanup plan for the Cosden Chemical Coatings Corporation Superfund site in Beverly,...


Labor Unions Protest Coating Contractor

Despite recently reaching a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor for misclassifying skilled laborers and denying overtime wages, several unions and community organizations are contin...


DOL Expands Enforcement Program Criteria

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that it was expanding the criteria for placement in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Severe Violator Enforcement Program (S...


OH Panel Asked to Review Lead Coverage

Following the reverse and remand of an Ohio Supreme Court decision on Sept. 7, the Eighth Appellate District in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has been asked by a group of insurers to reconsider its...


EPA, RI Company Reach Lead Settlement

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had reached a settlement with a corporation out of Rhode Island for alleged violations of the Lead Renovation,...


RadTech Test Method Approved by EPA

At the beginning of the month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its approved use of ASTM D-7767-11—Standard Test Method to Measure Volatiles from radiation curable acrylate...


Changes Proposed to Chemical Risk Program

After review, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed amendments to its Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations.


DOL Awards $1.9M for Workplace Safety

On Thursday (Sept. 8), the U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of $1.9 million in grants to 14 nonprofits to fund workplace safety and health training programs to help workers and e...


EPA Finds PV29 Poses Unreasonable Risks

On Tuesday (Sept. 6), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had finalized a revision to the risk determination for C.I. Pigment Violet 29 (PV29).


OH Court Issues Order for $101M Lead Case

On Thursday, the Eighth Appellate District in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, found that a previous order requiring The Sherwin-Williams Company to pay $101 million into a lead paint abatement fund a...


Highlights from Latest Issue of JPCL

The August issue of the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings is available in print and online at paintsquare.com. This issue contains feature articles on lining systems for biofue...


DOL Launches 'Weekend Work' Inspections

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently launched a new initiative to conduct safety investigations on weekends in select counties in Colorad...


MS City Launches Lead Paint Safety Initiative

The City of Hattiesburg in Mississippi has recently introduced a new program for lead-based paint hazard inspection and assessment safety training, as well as lead abatement.


FERC Recommends Removing Klamath River Dam

At the end of last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its final environmental impact statement regarding the Klamath River Renewal Project.


Mountain Valley Pipeline Deadline Extended

In a unanimous decision, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently approved a new deadline for the Mountain Valley Pipeline to be completed more than four years after construction wa...


DOL Announces Wage Compliance Seminars

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recently announced that it will be providing online compliance seminars for contracting agencies, contractors, unions, workers and other...


NY Seeks $5M in Lead Paint Case

In what is reported to be the largest amount ever sought from a landlord in a lead paint violation case in Western New York, the Attorney General’s Office recently requested over $5 million ...


Lead Abatement Scholarships Offered in MI

To support lead-based paint removal in the City of Benton Harbor and across the state, last week the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced that it was providing ...


$264K Recovered for Painters, Drywall Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor reported last week that a Louisiana-based contractor had misclassified 306 painters and drywall workers as independent contractors, resulting in denied overtime ...


PHMSA Issues Final Gas Pipeline Safety Rule

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced a final rule to strengthen the safety and environmental protection of more...


EPA Updates NJ Superfund Site Cleanup Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed an update to its original cleanup plan for the Cosden Chemical Coatings Corporation Superfund site in Beverly, New Jersey.


New Product Announcement: Epoxy Lining

At the beginning of the month, protective coatings manufacturer Tnemec Company Inc. announced the release of its new phenalkamine epoxy lining.


DOL Recovers Wages for 135 Workers

Over a span of several days, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that it recovered wages for 135 workers across three different cases spanning the country.


TX Introduces Construction Injury Prevention Act

To help address heat-related illness and death among construction workers, Texas Representative Sylvia Garcia recently filed the Construction Injury Prevention Act.


Canada Publishes New VOC Agenda

Last month, the Canadian government published a renewed version of its Federal Agenda regarding volatile organic compound controls on industry products, signaling the country’s intent to tak...


DC to Ban Gas in Most New Buildings

The Council of the District of Columbia joined several other major cities in the nation through the unanimous passing of two new pieces of legislation requiring that all new buildings and su...


EPA Adds 5 PFAS to Toxic Release Inventory

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule to update the Toxics Release Inventory chemical list last week, identifying five additional per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances s...


NY Landlord Pays for Lead Paint Hazards

New York Attorney General Letitia James recently announced an agreement involving a Syracuse, New York-based landlord and their company for failing to protect children from lead paint hazard...


EPA Releases Draft Revision for TCE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released a draft revision regarding the unreasonable risk determination for trichloroethylene pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act s...


EPA Finalizes Scope for Asbestos Risks

At the end of June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final scope document for the Toxic Substances Control Act Risk Evaluation for Asbestos Part 2: Supplemental Evaluati...


Supreme Court Limits EPA Emissions Authority

On Thursday (June 30), the Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.


WA Taking 'No Action' for PCBs in Paint

The Washington State Department of Ecology recently published its final report to the state legislature for regulatory determinations under the Safer Products for Washington Program, conclud...


DOL to Revise Lead Exposure Standards

On Tuesday (June 28), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise its standards for occupational...


PG&E Fined $1.27M for Corrosion Remediation

The California Public Utilities Commission recently issued a citation against Pacific Gas and Electric Company for failing to correct problems with systems used to prevent corrosion in natur...


OR Adopting Concrete Environmental Standards

Earlier this month, the City of Portland, Oregon, announced the approval of recommendations to add Concrete Embodied Carbon Threshold requirements for city construction projects.


LA Appoints First Chief Heat Officer

Just days after Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to create a chief heat officer position, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that Marta Segura, Director of the Office of Climate Emergen...


EPA Issues First PFAS Test Order

On Monday (June 6), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its first Toxic Substances Control Act test order under the National Testing Strategy for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substan...


CA Bill Sets New Heat Protections for Workers

New legislation that could set new heat protections for employees working in “ultrahigh” heat and wildfire smoke outdoors is making its way to the California Senate for consideration.


Biden, FEMA Push for Stronger Building Codes

In a series of press releases issued at the beginning of the month, officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Biden-Harris Administration announced a national initiative to ...


EPA Proposes Asbestos Reporting Rule

In May, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed rule to require more comprehensive reporting on asbestos as the Agency continues to protect the public from exposure.


EPA Awards Over $250M in Brownfields Grants

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the award of $254.5 million in Brownfields Grants to 265 communities, including four grants totaling $1.6 million across Puerto ...


ABC Speaks Out Against Davis-Bacon Act

In wake of a new report issued by the Beacon Hill Institute, the Associated Builders and Contractors are again speaking out against the U.S. Department of Labor’s Davis-Bacon and Related Act...


Cleveland Expands Exterior Paint Program

Last week, members of the Cleveland City Council approved legislation authorizing an expanded exterior paint program for eligible homeowners.


New Initiative Aims to Combat Biofouling

Environmental NGO Bellona Foundation, in partnership with marine and protective coatings company Jotun, has recently launched a new initiative to define and implement a new ISO standard for ...


$101M Lead Settlement Gets Conflicting Ruling

Just weeks after a New York ruling, the California First Division Court of Appeal ruled on April 19 that Lloyd’s of London and other carriers that insured W.P. Fuller & Co. would not be liab...


PPG Fined Over Product Requirement Violations

The California Air Resources Board announced last week that it had reached a settlement with global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries, Inc. for selling products that violate the state’s a...


EPA Issues Water Infrastructure Funding Memo

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a memorandum for $43 billion in water infrastructure through the bipartisan infrastructure law to deliver clean water and replace lea...


WA Adopts All-Electric Heating Mandate

Late last month, the Washington State Building Code Council approved a new commercial energy code in a vote of 11-3, mandating that newly constructed buildings be outfitted with all-electric...


ASCC Publishes Two New Safety Bulletins

Late last month, the Safety and Risk Management Council (SRMC) of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) published two new Safety Bulletins: Emergency Rescue Baskets and ...


Klamath Dam Removal Project Gets DOI Approval

According to recent reports, the U.S. Interior Department and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have given their support for the removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath Rive...


DOE Issues RFI for Building Code Funding

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office issued a request for information to gather responses from the public that will inform the program development and exec...


FERC Approves Mountain Valley Pipeline Changes

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently issued an order approving changes proposed for the Mountain Valley Pipeline Project, including how the pipeline will cross 183 waterbodies a...


DOL Announces Program for Heat Hazards

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the launch of a National Emphasis Program to protect millions of workers from heat illness ...


EPA Proposes to Ban Ongoing Uses of Asbestos

On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed rule to prohibit ongoing uses of the only known form of asbestos currently imported into the United States.


Insurers Liable for Over $100M Lead Settlement

At the end of March, the First Judicial Department of the New York Appellate Division ruled that Lloyd’s of London and other insurers were liable to pay over $100 million into a California a...


OSHA Proposes Workplace Injury, Illness Rule

Just weeks after the 2021 injury and illness reports by specific employers were due, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a new proposed rul...


FERC Rolls Back Updated Policies for Review

Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission put two updated policies on hold for natural gas project certifications for review after criticism from pipeline companies, natural gas u...


PA Proposing PFAS Drinking Water Regulations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently proposed a new regulation to set maximum containment levels in drinking water for two forms of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl subs...


OECD Report Probes PFAS in Coatings

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently released a report on the commercial availability and current uses of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances found in va...


FL Lawmakers Fail to Pass Condo Safety Bills

Despite increased discussions and negotiations between Florida government officials since the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, the Senate and House of Representatives have...


CA Reservoir Project Pursuing $2.2B Loan

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invited the Sites Reservoir project in Maxwell, California, to apply for a $2.2 billion loan through the Water Infrastructure Fin...


Rulemaking Proposed for Davis-Bacon Act

For the first time in 40 years, the U.S. Department of Labor is proposing a rulemaking for the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts to better reflect the needs of today’s construction industry and p...


Cleveland Landlords Pushed to be Lead Safe

While several years have passed since Cleveland City Council passed a law mandating the obtainment of lead-safe certificates for rental properties, landlords and property owners now only hav...


EPA Issues Civil Penalty for Antimicrobial Coating

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that a settlement had been reached with Allied BioScience, Inc. over alleged violations of federal pesticide regulations with th...


Sherwin, DuPont Share Win in Paint Suits

Wisconsin U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman released an order at the beginning of the month announcing that claims associated with several different suits regarding lead paint exposure would ...


EPA to Oversee Paint Cleanup at Superfund

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced late last month that it had reached an agreement with Honeywell International, Inc. and the City of South Bend to oversee the cleanup of po...


OSHA Announces $3.2M in Harwood Safety Grants

On Friday (March 4), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the availability of more than $3.2 million in funds to train and educate workers a...


EPA Effort Announced for Chemical Reviews

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently announced a new research program under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) with the goal of modernizing the process and bringing inn...


China Revokes Imported Coatings Requirements

At the beginning of the month, the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China issued an order abolishing the “Measures for the Supervision and Administration of the ...


Largest Dam Removal Project to Begin in 2023

According to reports, the largest dam removal in United States history is scheduled to begin in spring 2023, including the removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River in Californ...


EPA Asked to Reconsider Pigment Risk

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently been requested to reconsider its final risk evaluation regarding C.I. Pigment Violet 29 (PV29).


Committee to Discuss Concrete Prep Standard

Next month, the Association for Materials Protection and Performance standards committee for surface preparation will meet to discuss SSPC-SP 13/NACE No. 6, “Surface Preparation of Concrete....


OSHA Releases Marine Coatings Hazards Guide

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a new fact sheet regarding the hazards related to the use of preservative coatings in hot work ...


IL Lawmakers Look at Warehouse Standards

In the weeks following the tornado that killed six people at an Amazon facility in Edwardsville, Illinois, state lawmakers have announced that they will be considering statewide standards fo...


FL Bill Calls for Mandatory Structural Inspections

Just as Hurricane Andrew in 1992 pushed Florida legislators to address dated building codes and inspection regulations, last year’s collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside has shed li...


Texas Power Grid Weathers Winter Freeze

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas reported that it did not need to cut power to any part of the state during the 48-hour freeze last week, after weatherizing the power grid in respon...


Contractor Facing Incarceration Over Violations

After failing to pay the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration more than $2 million in fines, a Florida-based roofing contractor is now facing pot...


Recognizing Health Effects of Lead Paint

While the use of lead-based paints was banned over 40 years ago, the remnants of lead paint continue to be a major environmental and public health problem.


EPA Seeking Input on PFAS Reports, Records

On Wednesday (Feb. 2), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it was inviting small businesses, governments and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity R...


US Plastics Pact Releases Materials Report

Last week, the U.S. Plastics Pact released its Problematic and Unnecessary Materials Report, identifying 11 plastic packaging items that are “not currently reusable, recyclable, or compostab...


EPA Announces $688M in WIFIA Loan Awards

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced three Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loans totaling $688 million to help advance water infrastructure projects.


US to Strengthen Building Performance Standards

During the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual winter meeting last week, President Joe Biden announced that his Administration would be launching a Building Performance Standards Coalition dedi...


EPA Affirms Lead Paint Enforcement Plans

On Friday (Jan. 21), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to proceed with the withdrawal of previously published answers to two Frequently Asked Questions concerning prop...


OSHA Issues Injury, Illness Reporting Reminder

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its annual reminder to specific employers to submit the required injury and illness date for 2021 by M...


NLRB Reviewing Independent Contractor Standard

At the end of December, the National Labor Relations Board issued a notice in The Atlanta Opera, Inc. 371 NLRB No. 45 (2021) inviting parties and amici to submit briefs addressing whe...


Renovation Firms Sued Over Lead Paint Violations

Last Thursday (Jan. 13), the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced that a civil lawsuit had been filed against CISNE NY Construction, Inc., CISNE JE...


Supreme Court Blocks Vaccine Mandate

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to block the Biden administration from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine-or-testing mandate for large employers, undermining President Joe Biden’s attempts...


New Permits Granted for Mountain Valley Pipeline

Two water permits were approved last month for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, raising concerns over its impacts on the environment and sparking lawsuits.


PFAS Testing Petition Granted by EPA

At the end of December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had granted a petition from six North Carolina public health and environmental justice organizations to ord...


EPA to Strengthen Lead and Copper Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it has begun developing new guidance and rules to regulatory framework on lead in drinking water.


EPA Releases Draft Scope for Asbestos Risks

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency requested public input in an emailed press release on its draft scope document for the Toxic Substances Control Act Risk Evaluation for Asbesto...


Utilizing Safety Practices in Abrasive Blasting

Safety guidelines are crucial to a worker’s health when abrasive blasting to prevent injury and long-term illness.


Looking at Coatings for Food and Beverage Plants

The Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency all have regulations in place for food and beverage plants, including which...


WA Issues Draft Report on Paint iPCBS

In taking the next step to finding alternatives to potential inadvertent Polychlorinated biphenyls, particularly those found in paint, the Washington State Department of Ecology recently pub...


Russia Cracking Down on Counterfeit Coatings

The Russian Building Ministry has developed a series of amendments to hold individuals who are producing or selling counterfeit coatings criminally accountable in the hopes of benefitting th...


NJ Superfund Site to Become Solar Park

The GEMS Landfill in New Jersey, one of the first Superfund sites in the United States, is set to become the site of a new solar energy park.


EPA Invites Projects to Apply for WIFIA Loans

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it has invited 39 new projects to apply for Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loans.


OSHA Working to Develop Heat Standards

At the beginning of the month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it had extended the comment period on the Advance Notice of Propose...


NYC to Update Various Construction Codes

The New York City Department of Buildings recently announced the official passage of major legislation in the City Council to update the city’s Construction Codes with the aim of keeping the...


MI Develops Corrosion Control Advisory Panel

Last month, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy announced the development of its Corrosion Control Advisory Panel to reduce lead in Michigan drinking water.


OSHA to Improve Workplace Fatality Procedures

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration released new instructional guidance on how the administration plans to communicate fatality in...


Concerns Arise Over TX Power Grid Weatherizing

As winter approaches, Texas energy companies are gearing up weatherize their plants to prevent a repeat of this year’s blackouts.


EPA Announces New Lead Paint Enforcement

At the beginning of the month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to hold property management companies responsible for lead-based paint safety requirements.


EPA Reviewing PFOA, PFOS Regulations

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asked its Science Advisory Board to review draft documents regarding health effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.


ACA Urges Execution of TSCA Changes

In a recent letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Coatings Association wrote to express support of the continued implementation of the Lautenberg amendments to the...


DOL Acts to Promote Workers' Rights

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor, alongside the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board, announced a joint initiative to raise awar...


Citations Issued for OH Paint Plant Explosion

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corporation for an explosion at its plant in April that killed a press operator a...


OSHA Issues ETS Vaccination Rule

On Monday (Nov. 5), the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration published an emergency temporary standard requiring employers with 100 or more employees to i...


LETI Publishes Climate Retrofit Guide

Last month, the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) released a Climate Emergency Retrofit Guide to aid in retrofitting homes throughout the United Kingdom to meet national Net Zer...


EPA Announces PFAS Strategic Roadmap

Last month, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the creation of the Agency’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap to address contamination regarding per- and poly...


EPA Finalizes Next Steps for Sherwin-Williams Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced this month that it has finalized its plan for the next phase of cleanup of the Sherwin-Williams Superfund Site in New Jersey.


Proposal Aims to Restore NEPA Regulations

The White House Council on Environmental Quality announced this month that it plans to reinstate federal regulations of the National Environmental Policy Act regarding environmental reviews ...


PPG Receives EPA Registration for Coating

At the beginning of the month, global coatings manufacturer PPG announced that it had received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registration for its PPG Copper Armor antimicrobial paint.


DOL Releases Conformance Request Guide

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recently published a new guide aimed at assisting construction contractors and other industry stakeholders in understanding the process ...


EPA Awards Millions for Biosolids Research

The U.S. Environmental Agency announced in September that it was granting nearly $6 million in funding to four institutions to research the potential harming risks to human health and the en...


EPA Launches Lead-Safe Training Program

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched a new training initiative, Enhancing Lead-Safe Work Practices through Education and Outreach, in Southern California communities.


Archroma Introduces Online Platform

Global specialty chemical company Archroma announced in September the launch of "The Safe Edge," an online platform for product-related regulatory and compliance certificates and information...


Construction Groups Sue Over Vaccine Mandate

Amidst the string of local and federal U.S. government officials instating COVID-19 vaccination mandates for workers, another lawsuit was recently filed alleging that the requirement is unco...


Contractors, Subs Mandated for Vaccine

In new guidance issued by President Joe Biden, federal contractors and subcontractors are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8.


Boston Passes Building Emissions Ordinance

In a unanimous decision, the Boston City Council has recently approved a new ordinance, requiring all buildings larger than 20,000 square feet to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050.


OSHA Issues Enhanced Heat Protection Measures

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced plans to better combat hazards associated with extreme heat exposure—both indoors and outdoors...


EPA Plans New Wastewater, PFAS Regulations

On Wednesday (Sept. 8), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to develop three new rulemakings in regard to identifying opportunities to better protect public health and t...


OSHA to Mandate Vaccines for Large Employers

In a statement issued by the White House, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is drafting a new temporary emergency standard that would require emplo...


EPA Plans New Rulemaking on PBT Chemicals

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its intentions to establish a new rulemaking and anticipates proposing new rules for five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemi...


Electronic Signatures Approved for IL Agencies

Last week, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed new legislation allowing the use of electronic signatures at the Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority and t...


Wage Increases Proposed for Federal Contractors

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to increase the minimum wage for federal contractors.


EPA Open to Comments on New CDR Guidance

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced in an emailed press release that it is released for public comment some guidance on the two petition processes applicable to the Toxic ...


PHMSA Fines Dakota Pipeline Operator

Upon completing inspections at Energy Transfer’s Dakota Access Pipeline, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued a $93,000 f...


OSHA Fines Contractor $1.3M for Trench Deaths

Late last week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that it is proposing $1.3 million in penalties following the death of two workers at a Boston dig site.


FERC to Review Climate Impacts for 2 Projects

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has recently ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission did not thoroughly consider environmental justices or the potential climate im...


PA Contractor Sentenced in Wage Case

A Pennsylvania contractor has pleaded no contest and has been sentenced in what’s being called the largest prevailing wage theft case in U.S. history. According to a press release from Attor...


OSHA Sends Reminder for Safety Meeting

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released an emailed reminder that the next meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Healt...


OR Heat-Related Deaths Highlight Safety Need

A roofing worker has reportedly died of heat-related illness in Oregon, following what officials are calling a “record-setting heatwave,” according to the Oregon Occupational Safety and Heal...


EPA Extends Comment Period on PFAS Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued two new updates in emailed press releases regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, both extending the public comment period for its prop...


FTC Codifies 'Made in USA' Label Requirements

Earlier this month, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission published a final rule regarding “Made in the USA” claims and labels. While the rule doesn’t impose and new mandates, it does codify its...


UK Contractors, Architects Develop Part Z Proposal

A group of contractors, developers and architects in the United Kingdom have come together to call for whole-life carbon assessments of buildings with the goal to tackle the “hidden” emissio...


Walsh Requests Budget Boost for OSHA

U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh has reportedly requested an increase in funding for Occupational Safety and Health Administration staffing. During a Senate subcommittee meeting last week, W...


Whistleblowers Speak Out About Shell Falcon Pipeline

According to two former pipeline inspectors, “bad seeds” are undermining the safety at Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s Falcon pipeline project, part of the company’s massive new petrochemical plant ...


CA Hospitals Aim to Push Seismic Requirements

The California Hospital Association, along with Gov. Gavin Newsom, are proposing another extension that would mandate hospitals upgrade their structures to ensure that they can stand up to a...


EPA Announces TSCA Committee, Webinar

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently made several announcements via email regarding the Toxic Substances Control Act: namely, that new members have been appointed to the TSCA Sc...


EPA Unveils PFAS Stewardship Program, Webinar

On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a stewardship program that it says aims to encourage the voluntary withdrawal of previously granted low volume exemptions (LVEs) f...


DOL Honors Worker Death with Heat Reminders

In honoring the heat-related death of a worker this time last year, the Department of Labor is urging everyone, but especially western New Yorkers, to safeguard against weather hazards.


EPA Revokes Exemption for Antimicrobial Coating

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order to Allied BioScience for its product SurfaceWise2, a residual antimicrobial surface coating.


China Halts High-Rise Work Over Safety

China’s National Development and Reform Commission announced last week that it is prohibiting the construction of some of the tallest high-rises among mounting safety concerns.


OR Passes Emissions Bill

Oregon lawmakers recently passed legislation requiring that the state’s power grid reduce its carbon emissions by 80% by 2030 and 90% by 2035.


Navy, EPA Enter Wastewater Upgrade Agreement

Announced at the end of June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that it would be entering a Federal Facility Compliance Agreement with the U.S. Navy to complete major upgrade...


EPA Announces Changes to TSCA Evaluations

On Wednesday (June 30), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced policy changes surrounding the Toxic Substances Control Act that impact the first 10 chemicals that underwent risk ...


OSHA to Increase CO Site Inspections

Construction sites in Colorado will now be subject to random, weekend safety inspections from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to a new...


Vancouver to Pause Net-Zero Code Update

The City of Vancouver is considering holding off on recent net-zero construction requirements over a concern of building permit delays.


BCF: Manufacturers Worried About UK REACH

The British Coatings Federation recently released a survey of United Kingdom coatings manufacturers, who are increasingly concerned about the impact of the new U.K. chemical regulations.


DOL Announces $21M in Safety Training Funding

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced funding opportunities for more than $21 million in Occupational Safety and Health Administration training grants for non-profits.


DOL to Look at Overtime Pay Threshold

At a House committee hearing earlier this month, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh revealed that the Department of Labor will again be reviewing the current overtime threshold under the Fair Labor...


FL Authorizes Virtual Inspection Practices

Earlier this year, the Florida Building Codes Act was amended to authorize any government entity with the authority to enforce the building code to perform virtual inspections.


UK Issues New Guidance on Bridge Scour

The Construction Industry Research and Information Association (United Kingdom) has recently launched new guidance on bridge scour.


MI Sandblasting Business Cited for Violations

On several occasions this year, Kalamazoo Sandblast (Kalamazoo, Michigan) was investigated by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Air Quality Division (AQD) upon r...


WA Finds Reason to Restrict Paint iPCBs

The Washington State Department of Ecology hosted its webinar at the beginning of the month that provided an update on its efforts to find alternatives to potential inadvertent Polychlorinat...


EPA Announces Multiple Actions on PFAS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced three actions with the goal of reducing risks to the public from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.


MTA Suspends Several Track Inspectors

Last week, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny announced the findings of a nearly year-long investigation into the neglect of several track inspectors.


FY22 Budget Proposes $11.2B for EPA

Last week, President Joe Biden submitted his budget request of $11.2 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, with emphasis on issues such as the environment, science and support of ...


DOB to Sweep Large NYC Construction Sites

New York’s Department of Buildings Commissioner Melanie E. La Rocca announced last week that the DOB will be mobilizing teams of inspectors across the city’s five boroughs to perform safety ...


Walsh Appoints 15 to Safety Advisory Board

Late last week, U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh announced that he has appointed 15 individuals to serve as members on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, which aims...


US, UK Agree to Work Together for BIM Program

Early this week, a Memorandum of Understanding was announced between representatives of the United Kingdom and the United States as a pledge to work together on the development of the U.S. N...


OSHA to Change Words in Beryllium Rulings

A years-long challenge between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and several companies that produce or use blasting materials containing trace amounts of beryllium has reache...


Vortex Epoxy Coating Passes Greenbook

Global provider of trenchless infrastructure products and services, Vortex Companies, LLC, announced last week that its 100% solids epoxy coating, Structure Guard, had passed critical chemic...


EPA Extends Notification Period for Inventory

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced in an emailed press release that it has extended the notification deadline for a list of chemicals that are expected to lose their confident...


WA to Hold Webinar on PCB, Paint Inquiry

The Washington State Department of Ecology is moving forward with its inquiry into inadvertent Polychlorinated biphenyls (iPCBs), this time with a webinar that’s slated for June 1.


EPA Announces Chemical Reporting Updates

Late last week the Environmental Protection Agency released multiple announcements regarding toxic substances and chemicals.


FHWA Inspection Program Celebrates 50 Years

Observed during the last week of April, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration celebrated the 50th anniversary of its National Bridge Inspection Standards.


McCabe Confirmed as EPA Deputy Admin

The U.S. Senate voted 52-42 last week to confirm Janet McCabe as deputy chief of the Environmental Protection Agency.


DOL, OSHA Honor Workers Memorial Day

Last week, on April 28, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration commemorated Workers Memorial Day to honor workers who have lost their lives on the...


EPA Admin Proposes PFAS Special Council

Earlier this week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan issued a memorandum to senior leadership calling for the creation of a new EPA Council on PFAS. The counci...


NY Contractors Request Scaffold Law Waiver

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has recently received a letter from the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, in addition to three New York-...


NIOSH Releases Well-Being Survey for Employers

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health released a survey earlier this month that it says is meant to be a resource design to measure worker well-being.


Study: More Deaths Linked to Methylene Chloride

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine earlier this week associates paint-stripping chemical methylene chloride to more deaths than what has previously been acknowledged by the Environm...


Biden Taps Assistant Secretary for OSHA

Last week, President Joe Biden announced a slew of nominations for key members of various departments including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Energy, Department of Transp...


Walsh Puts Pause on COVID-19 ETS

After missing the March 15 deadline to develop an emergency temporary standard for COVID-19, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that Labor Secretary Marty Walsh has put t...


Sessions, Roundtables Planned for LCRR

In a recent announcement, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a schedule of upcoming public listening sessions and roundtables regarding its Lead and Copper Rule Revisions.


Bill Authorizes Cal/OSHA Inspection Notification

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is facing a bill that was introduced at the end of February that would authorize California employers to receive advance ...


EPA Issues Order for Gowanus Canal

In an effort to control contaminated solids discharges at the Gowanus Canal Superfund site in Brooklyn, New York, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered the City of New York to con...


EPA Announces Update of TSCA New Use Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency recently released an emailed press release on its evaluation surrounding the policies, guidances, templates and regulations under the Toxic Substances Con...


Groups Split on New ICC Energy Framework

The International Code Council released what it calls “a new framework” at the beginning of the month that puts building code decisions more in the hands of the construction and gas industri...


FERC Conducts First-Ever Climate Change Review

For the first time in the agency’s history, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has recently completed a climate change review.


Canada Introduces Agenda on VOC Emissions

The Canadian government recently released a consultation document that proposes a renewal of the “Federal Agenda on the Reduction of Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds from Consumer and...


EPA Issues Grant for Environmental Job Training

Environmental and conservation workforce development and job training company, Limitless Vistas Inc. has recently been awarded a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ...


NJ Committee Pushes PaintCare Legislation

Earlier this month, New Jersey’s state Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee unanimously passed legislation for a PaintCare program—a paint stewardship program involving paint manuf...


EPA Accepting Nominations for Safer Choice Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards.


NOLA Inspectors Face Charges in Wider City Problem

The owner of a New Orleans private building inspection company, along with the former top building inspector for the city government, faced arrest at the end of last week on charges that the...


MA Introduces Legislation for Solar Roofs

A recently proposed bill in Massachusetts would make the state the latest in to require solar roofs on new residential and commercial buildings. The Solar Neighborhoods Act was reportedly fi...


EPA Seeks Comments on Lead, Copper Rule

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would be extending the effective date of the Revised Lead and Copper Rule so that the agency could further seek public i...


OSHA Launches Emphasis Program for COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a national emphasis program focusing on enforcement efforts on companies that put the largest number...


Senate Votes to Confirm Regan as EPA Admin

Last week, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Michael S. Regan as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. He was sworn in on March 11.


OSHA Releases Top Violations for FY 2020

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently revealed its annual top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2020. The list wa...


DOL Report: OSHA Left Workers at Increased Risk

With President Joe Biden’s deadline for an emergency temporary standard implementation (should it be deemed necessary) a week away, a report has surfaced from the Department of Labor’s Inspe...


UK Committee Argues Impact of Cladding Tax

Parliament is at odds over a levy and taxes that are to be placed on the United Kingdom’s construction industry. While the money raised is earmarked for cladding remediation in high-rise bui...


China REACH Takes Effect for New Chemicals

China’s new Measures on Environmental Management Registration of New Chemical Substances went into effect earlier this year and have an aim to streamline the registration process for new che...


EPA Announces $1.9M CWA Settlement in WY

A settlement with private energy operator Fleur de Lis Energy and Fleur de Lis Operating, LLC was reached with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last month, in which the company agree...


OSHA Announces Dates for Safety Stand-Down

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced the dates for this year’s National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.


Revisions Announced for Joint Adhesive, Sealants Manual

The Adhesive and Sealant Council, the Association of the European Adhesive and Sealant Industry (FEICA) and the China Adhesives and Tape Industry Association, have partnered up to streamline...


Biden Revokes Trump EO on Federal Architecture

In a move that revoked several executive orders from former President Donald J. Trump, President Joe Biden has reversed Executive Order 13967 of Dec. 18, 2020 (Promoting Beautiful Federal Ci...


NY Created Death Registry for Construction

A bill was recently signed into law in New York that creates a statewide death registry for the construction industry, as well as expands definitions on workers and reporting.


ACA Looks at New EU Chemical Strategy

The American Coatings Association published an overview of a recent strategy released by the European Commission that aims to update the European Union’s chemical management requirements.


OSHA Seeing Reports Under New Whistleblower Acts

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it is now overseeing worker retaliation complaints filed under two new whistleblower statutes: the...


EPA Requests Comments for Fees, PV29 Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking for further comments on both the Toxic Substances Control Act Fees Rule and its potential rulemaking for C.I. Pigment Violet 29.


Environmentalists Threaten Suit Over Waterway Permits

At the beginning of the month, a coalition of environmental groups alerted the Biden administration that they would file suit if the Army Corps of Engineers failed to reconsider Trump-era pe...


Company Working with ICC-ES for 3D Criteria

A provider of large-scale 3D printers for construction sites, Black Buffalo 3D, has announced that it is working with the International Code Council Evaluation Service to revise its ICC-ES A...


EPA Further Clarifies Review of TSCA Process

The U.S. Environmental Protection agency has received a report evaluating its Toxic Substances Control Act chemical risk evaluations system prompting the agency to announce that it will be r...


EPA Settles with TX Reno Show Over Lead Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled with Flipnmove Production and EQ media, Inc., over alleged violations of lead paint exposure regulations affiliated with one of the compa...


OSHA Proposes Hazard Communication Update

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a proposed rule earlier this month to update the agency’s Hazard Communication Standard to align with the ...


EPA Registers Copper for Use Against COVID-19

Late last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered copper surfaces for residual use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.


New Product Announcement: Wood Coating Defoamer

Specialty chemicals company Evonik recently introduced its new wood coatings defoamer Tego Foamex 812, adding that the product meets regulatory requirements that make it compliant with Europ...


EPA Announces Reviews, Chemical Webinars

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently sent two emailed press releases discussing both a review of its actions of the course of the previous administration, as well as announcing ...


Committee to Vote on Walsh for Labor Secretary

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is set to vote today (Feb. 11) on the confirmation of labor secretary nominee Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.


EPA Settles Pittsburgh Stormwater Violations

On Friday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had reached a consent agreement with the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA)...


ICC Releases New Online Code Tools

The International Code Council recently launched two online building code tools that aim to give access to free information about building code usage to safety professionals and the public.


Seattle Adopts New Building Energy Codes

At the beginning of the week, Seattle City Council unanimously approved Commercial Energy Code updates set forth by Mayor Jenny Durkan that seek to advance electrification throughout the com...


OSHA Updates COVID-19 Guidance Per Order

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued stronger worker safety guidance to aid employers in implementing a COVID-19 prevention program and to ...


NYC Inks Deal with Tech to Track Safety Training

The New York City Department of Buildings has recently partnered with tech company myComply to build and administer software behind a new training credential database.


'Buy American' Rule Upped for Federal Projects

The “Buy American” policies initially set forth by former President Donald J. Trump got a boost earlier this week as President Joe Biden signed a new executive order aiming at increasing gov...


UK Unveils Regulatory Body for Construction

The United Kingdom’s Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick recently unveiled a new regulatory body that’s been established to oversee the safety of construction materials. The decision was influe...


OSHA Tasked with Updating COVID-19 Guidance

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been ordered to issue new COVID-19 guidance and again consider a national emergency temporary standard, under an e...


Steel Industry Organizations Plea to Keep Tariffs

Earlier this month, a group of several domestic steel industry associations penned a letter to President Joe Biden, urging him to keep steel tariffs and quotas that were set in place by the ...


COVID-19 Notification Law Enacted in CA

On Jan. 1, California’s AB 685 law officially went into effect, allowing state regulators to shut down jobsites that expose workers to an imminent hazard of COVID-19 infection.


OSHA Adjusts, Increases Civil Penalty Amounts

The U.S. Department of Labor has made adjustments to the Occupational Safety and Health administration’s civil penalty amounts based on cost-of-living adjustments for 2021.


ACI, ICRI Publish New Code Guide

The American Concrete Institute and the International Concrete Repair Institute have published an updated “Guide to the Code for Assessment, Repair and Rehabilitation of Existing Concrete St...


DOL Issues Independent Contractor Clarification

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a final rule meant to clarify the status of independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act.


HUD Adopts Updated Safe Harbor Standards

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has adopted new safe harbors for the design and construction industry regarding the Fair Housing Act. This is the first update to the saf...


Codes Lawsuits Continue After Spring Ruling

The battle for intellectual property rights in the building codes sector rages on as the International Code Council and private company UpCodes are still in a legal dispute after an initial ...


MIOSHA Launches Silica Program

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as part of the state’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, announced last year that it would be launching a state-wide e...


EPA Gathering Comments for TSCA Fees Rule

At the end of last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released for public comment a proposed set of updates to the Toxic Substances Control Act’s Fees Rule.


EPA Announces Final Lead Abatement Rule

At the end of last month, the EPA announced the final rule to lower the clearance levels for the amount of lead that can remain in dust on floors and windowsills after lead abatement.


OSHA Issues Injury, Illness Reporting Reminder

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its annual reminder to specific employers to submit the required injury and illness date for 2020 by M...


Transportation Agencies Issue Final Environmental Rule

Last Monday (Dec. 28, 2020), the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and the United States Department of Transportation issued a ...


EPA Releases Final Risk Assessment of NMP

Near the end of December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final risk evaluation for n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP). This was the last step in the risk evaluation as required...


Trump Signs EO on Federal Architecture Design

President Donald J. Trump has signed the, “Executive Order on Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture,” which orders all federal buildings in Washington, D.C., as well as new federal ...


OSHA Releases FY 2020 Safety Review

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released its review of safety throughout fiscal year 2020, in which it says it used both traditional practice...


AIA Adopts New Rules for Justice Facility Design

Earlier this month, the American Institute of Architects Board of Directors adopted new rules into the association’s Code of Ethics.


Lawsuit Filed Alleging Toxic Sandblasting Impacts

A Santa Clarita, California-based law firm has recently filed a complaint in the Los Angeles Superior Court against developer Five Points Development, alleging the company of failing to take...


New NY Guidelines Leave 'Essential' Questions

At the beginning of the week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlines a new COVID-19 guidance plan for the state. Over the weekend the state updated the guidance for its COVID Cluster Action Ini...


USDOT Prepares for COVID-19 Vaccine Transport

At the beginning of the month, the United States Department of Transportation announced that it was ensuring that all its regulatory measures would be taken for the safe, rapid transportatio...


EPA Issues Final Rule on Cleanup Insurance

In a news release issued last month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had finalized its rulemaking on financial assurance requirements for the Electric Pow...


Biden Taps Former Labor Official for COVID Team

In an announcement published at the end of November, President-elect Joe Biden added a workplace health expert to his Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, a move that prompted applause from t...


CA to Review Titanium Dioxide Classification

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s Proposition 65 Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee is slated to hold a virtual, public meeting th...


Change in Bird Rule Could Impact Industry

An environmental analysis filed by the Trump administration last Friday (Nov. 27) could set up a rollback of some of the regulations in the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, namely the range of lia...


FHWA Proposes New Transportation Standards

Last Tuesday (Nov. 24), the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding state department’s freeway and int...


Wheeler Announces New National Recycling Plan

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler held the EPA’s third-annual America Recycles Summit last month where he unveiled a new National Recycling Goal that aims to ...


EPA Sued Over Coal Rule Revisions

Last week, a coalition of nine environmental groups announced that they were suing the United States Environmental Protection Agency over finalized revisions made to coal ash and coal plant ...


OSHA Releases COVID-19 Citation FAQ

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued guidance and an accompanying frequently-asked-questions sheet to help employers understand which ...


Clariant Commits to Global Lead Paint Elimination

Specialty chemicals company Clariant has announced that it is helping to accelerating the global phase-out of lead-based paint. The move was prompted by the eighth International Lead Poisoni...


ACI Releases New, Updated Detailing Manual

The American Concrete Institute has released a new and updated ACI Detailing Manual, which was last updated in 2004, and includes updates and revisions, as well as downloadable CAD files.


EPA Updates Risk Evaluation on PV29

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced late last week that it has released a revised draft risk evaluation for C.I. Pigment Violet 29 (PV29) for public comment and peer review un...


NYC MTA Inspector Requests Evaluation Reform

Earlier this month, the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority Office of the Inspector General released a report recommending a revamp of the agency’s current contractor and con...


EPA Proposes Tank Inspection Alternative

On Wednesday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a proposal offering regulatory flexibility for the oil and gas industry by amending Clean Air Act re...


OSHA Releases Updated COVID-19 FAQs

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration updated its Frequently Asked Questions forum regarding the need to report employees’ in-patient hospitalizations ...


ACC, OSHA Renew Alliance

The American Chemistry Council and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last month that they have renewed their ACC OSHA Alliance, “which continues to foster safer and...


CA Dam Starts Draining for Seismic Retrofit

At the beginning of the month, officials from the Santa Clara Valley Water District started taking the first steps in its $576 million Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project to remove and rep...


EPA Awards WV $25M for Water Projects

Late last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had awarded $24.7 million to West Virginia for various water quality improvement projects addressing wastewater tr...


AIA Issues Support for Proposed Energy Package

The American Institute of Architects has announced support for a recently proposed energy package from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.


OSHA to Hold Whistleblower Teleconference

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced late last week that it is holding another teleconference to solicit public comments on the agency’s whi...


Mountain Valley Requests to Resume Construction

On behalf of joint venture Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, representing attorney Matthew Eggerding recently filed a letter with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requesting that a stop-...


OSHA Awards $11.2M in Harwood Safety Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that it has awarded approximately $11.2 million in Susan Harwood federal safety and health tra...


New NEPA Rules Take Effect This Week

Changes to the National Environmental Policy Act went into effect this week after a district court judge dismissed the request for a preliminary injunction on the changes.


Safety Stand-Down Takes Place This Week

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 7th-Annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls is this week, Sept. 14-18.


Grenfell Inquiry Hears from Cladding Subcontractor

The cladding subcontractor on London’s Grenfell Tower refurbishment wrapped up two days of inquiry testimony earlier this week after the process went on summer break for the past month.


EPA Releases Final List for TSCA Fees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the final list of businesses that are subject to fees for the 20 chemicals designated as high priority for risk evaluation under the Tox...


NIOSH Issues Guidance on Counterfeit Masks

Late last month, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health—part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—released guidance on counterfeit respirators.


Document of Expedited Federal Projects Released

Some of the projects that have been expedited as a result of President Donald J. Trump’s recent executive order have been revealed, according to recently released documents from the Interior...


OSHA Issues Final Construction Beryllium Standard

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued its Final Beryllium Standard for Construction and Shipyards. While no major changes are reported in the rule, the DOL did include changes that it says...


Interim Company List for TSCA Fees Released

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released an interim final list of businesses that are subject to pay fees for the 20 chemicals designated as high priority for the next ri...


EPA to Terminate COVID-19 Compliance Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released an addendum on termination of the entity’s COVID-19 Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program.


ACA Responds to Air Quality Standards Proposal

The American Coatings Association recently released a response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to retain the existing National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone.


Facade Inspections Get Stricter in NYC

Earlier this year, the New York City Department of Buildings adopted a new rule to its Facade Inspection and Safety Program that made changes to inspection and reporting requirements, common...


EPA Releases Energy Requirement Reductions

Last Friday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced two final rules for the oil and gas industry that the EPA says “removes ineffective and duplicative r...


MD County Passes Bird-Friendly Building Law

Maryland’s Howard County Council passed a bird-safety building mandate last month, making it the first area in the state to do so following a recent trend around the country.


EPA Finalizes Plans for Sherwin-Williams Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday (Aug. 10) that it has finalized its plan to address contamination at the former manufacturing plant and adjoining areas of the Sherw...


OSHA Sets Safety Stand-Down Dates

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced late last week that the 7th Annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction has been resche...


Environmental Groups Sue Over NEPA Changes

Just weeks after the Trump administration finalized changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, two environmental groups (culminating in more than 35 organizations) are suing the White...


ACI, PTI Announce Expanded Partnership

The American Concrete Institute announced late last week that it is expanding its partnership with the Post-Tensioning Institute as a “direct response to expressed industry need for building...


USGBC Releases 2 New Safety Pilot Credits

The U.S. Green Building Council released two new Safety First pilot credits as part of its LEED for Cities and Communities rating system.


OSHA Revises Rule on Access to Medical Records

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced earlier this week that it has revised the Rules of Agency Practice and Procedure Concerning Occupationa...


NIOSH Study Looks at High-Risk Behavior

New research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has found that behaviors that are linked to higher health risks are more prevalent in construction workers than ot...


USDOT Claims $90B Saved via Deregulation

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced last week that it has saved the economy and consumers about $90 billion in regulatory costs under the Trump Administration.


ICC Releases New Seismic Design Manuals

The International Code Council has partnered with the Structural Engineers Association of California to release a joint publication of the 2018 IBC SEAOC Structural/Seismic Design Manuals.


Holocaust Memorial Decisions to Get Judicial Review

A judicial review will now take place regarding United Kingdom Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick and his handling of London’s proposed Holocaust Memorial.


Trump Finalizes Environmental Review Revisions

Earlier this week, President Donald J. Trump announced that his administration has finalized changes to the National Environmental Policy Act that aim to not only reduce the number of projec...


DOI Looking at Offshore Wind Proposals

The United States Department of the Interior is reportedly planning on issuing two proposed rules for offshore wind projects. The rules are expected to streamline the permitting requirements...


DOL Issues Final General Industry Beryllium Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued its Final Beryllium Standard for General Industry. While no major changes are reported in the rule, the DOL did include changes that it says are desig...


Manufacturers Press EU on Titanium Dioxide

The Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association and its member companies, as part of a wider group of TiO2 producers, submitted an action to the General Court of the European Union seeking an...


Dakota Access Pipeline Ordered to Halt for Review

The Dakota Access Pipeline has officially been ordered to halt operations after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruling surrounding the recently ordered environmental rev...


US House Passes Bird-Friendly Legislation

Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, better known as the Moving Forward Act. While the legislation covers infrastructure, affordable housing and climate issues, t...


OSHA Releases Annual Heat Hazard Reminder

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its annual reminder to employers “of their duty to protect employees from the risks and dangers of hea...


OSHA Issues Uniform Silica Guidance

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a compliance directive designed to ensure uniformity in inspection and enforcement procedures w...


Daubert Cromwell Receives REACH Cert

Last week, corrosion and rust inhibitor packaging manufacturer Daubert Cromwell announced via press release that it had successfully completed all necessary requirements for the European Uni...


EPA Posts Risk Evaluation for Methylene Chloride

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released late last week the first risk evaluation to be completed under the Lautenberg Act amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act: the evalua...


Report: UK Has No Counts on Dangerous Cladding

A recent investigation by the United Kingdom’s National Audit Office has revealed that the government doesn’t know how many of its estimated 85,000 buildings 11-18 meters tall are clad with ...


ICC Releases Guides on Reoccupancy

Earlier this month, the International Code Council released a set of guidelines to advice building owners and managers on the reoccupancy of buildings that had been closed due to the COVID-1...


MI Sues Dam Owners After Failures

Since the failure of the Edenville and Sanford dams last month, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced that a new state lawsuit has been filed against dam owners Boyce Hydro LLC and...


OSHA Schedules Construction Advisory Meetings

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that its Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health will meet via teleconference on ...


States Issue Injunction Against EPA Ruling

At the beginning of the month, nine states issued a brief to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, requesting a preliminary injunction that would halt the Environmen...


Court Rejects Call for OSHA Emergency Standard

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected a lawsuit filed in May by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations against the Occupationa...


USGBC Unveils Safety-Related Pilot Credits

Earlier this week, the U.S. Green Building Council released, as promised, four new Safety First Pilot Credits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


EO to Expedite Infrastructure, Waive Reviews

Last Thursday (June 4), President Donald J. Trump signed a second Executive Order, advising federal agencies to expedite infrastructure investments and other activities as to accelerate the ...


AWC Releases Fire-Resistance Update

The American Wood Council recently released an updated “Technical Report 10 (TR10), Calculating the Fire Resistance of Wood Members and Assemblies."


EPA Evaluates SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater

Last month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that its researchers would be engaging in research practices to help states, tribes, local, territorial governments, a...


Changes to PPP Pass Senate, Head to Trump

Last week, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill that updates terms of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.


EPA Limits Opposition of Energy Infrastructure

On Monday (June 1), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced that the agency had issued a final rule that will both promote the construction of energy-base...


OSHA Releases Distancing Guides, Testimony

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an alert last week detailing steps for social distancing in the workplace.


MI Dam Failure Threatens Dow Contamination

Just last week, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Midland County, Michigan, after floodwaters caused two dam failures, risking water contamination from a nearb...


OSHA Announces $11.5M in Harwood Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced the availability of $11.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants.


PA Wastewater Plan Receives Federal Approval

Last week, the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) announced that its over $2 billion plan to remove seven billion gallons of stormwater and sewage from rivers and streams in the c...


OSHA Releases Revised Enforcement Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently adopted “revised policies” for enforcing its requirements with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic as diffe...


AIA Releases New Sustainable Building Docs

The American Institute of Architects announced last week that it is released new and updated contract documents that support businesses with reaching sustainability goals.


Green Building Council Reveals Economic Plan

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced a new strategy to support industry recovery efforts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Boston Talks Timeline for Essential Construction

Last week, the city of Boston released a timeline of an incremental reopening of the construction industry, noting that all sites that are currently open are in compliance with the COVID-19 ...


OSHA Translates Risk Exposure Tips

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published its “10 Steps All Workplace Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus” poster in 11 additi...


NRDC Sues Over Water Protection Rollback

The Natural Resources Defense Council, along with its partners, announced just last week that they had filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of ...


Repairs Made at PA Nuclear Plant

Following an inspection during a refueling outage at Energy Harbor Corporation’s Beaver Valley Power Station Unit 2 in Pittsburgh, officials found that one of 66 reactor vessels head penetra...


OSHA Releases Further Guidance on N95s

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued further interim enforcement guidance on the reusing of disposable N95 filtering face piece respir...


10X Materials Receives CARB Certification

Last month, abrasives company 10X Engineered Materials was granted the use of permissible dry outdoor blasting involving three of its advanced blast abrasives by the California Air Resource ...


Report: Safe Practices Critical During COVID-19

A recent study conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin projected the epidemiological impacts of allowing some or all construction workers in the Austin, Tex...


Study Predicts Hyperloop Operation to Begin in 2040

International research firm, Lux Research Inc. (Boston), has recently issued its report, “Analyzing the Technical Barriers to Realizing the Hyperloop,” claiming that the first passenger-carr...


OSHA to Hold Whistleblower Meeting

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced earlier this week that it will hold a teleconference meeting to “solicit public comments and suggestion...


WA's Sound Transit Halts Most Construction

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is associated health risks, Sound Transit Construction announced that it would be suspending most of its construction on transit expansion projects...


Boston Rolls Out Construction Safety Guidelines

The first city in the United States to halt construction in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic is now releasing guidelines for when the industry reopens.


OSHA Releases COVID-19 Recordkeeping Guide

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued guidance for enforcing its recordkeeping requirements in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.


DOL Announces OSHA Interim Enforcement

On Monday (April 13), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced an interim enforcement response plan for the coronavirus pandemic.


EPA to Host Call Regarding TSCA Fees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced in an emailed press release that it is hosting a call on the recently announced plan to reduce burden for certain stakeholders who are ...


DOL Releases Whistleblower Reminder

The U.S. Department of Labor released a bulletin late last week reminding employers that they cannot retaliate against workers reporting unsafe conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.


OSHA Releases Guidance on N95 Shortages

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released interim enforcement guidance to help combat the shortage of N95 filtering face piece respirator...


OSHA Fines 11 Firms for NOLA Hard Rock

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited and fined 11 firms in connection with the partial collapse of New Orleans’ Hard Rock Hotel last fall that killed three workers.


EPA Approves Products to Fight COVID-19

Recently, the United States Environmental Protection Agency released a list of approved disinfectant products that meet the criteria in fighting against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COV...


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OSHA Extends Silica Exposure Program

According to a news release issued by the United Sates Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended its National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Respirable C...


NRCA Releases 2020 Roofing Manual Set

The National Roofing Contractors Association made available late last week its 2020 NRCA Roofing Manual, a set that contains four volumes.


EPA Considers Modifying TSCA Fees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced its plan considering a proposed rule that would look at potential exemptions to the Toxic Substances Control Act Fees Rule.


OSHA Issues COVID-19 Workplace Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” with the aim to help companies respond to the ...


WA Halts Construction; Boston Extends Pause

Last week, another state added to the list of places in the United States to halt construction in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


NRCA Pens Letter to Trump on Coronavirus

The National Roofing Contractors Association recently sent a letter to President Donald Trump to express concerns over what are defined as “essential businesses” and “essential workers” duri...


NYC to Appeal High-Rise Demo Ruling

New York City is appealing a recent New York State Supreme Court decision that would force developers of a nearly complete Manhattan high-rise to demolish 20 floors of a a zoning dispute.


British Coatings CEO Talks Titanium Dioxide

CEO of the British Coatings Federation Tom Bowtell recently released a statement telling those who deal with titanium dioxide to “not be alarmed” by the European Union’s latest delegation cl...


Settlement Reached in 2015 Plains Spill

Last week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced a civil settlement with Plains All American Pipeline L.P. and Plains Pipeline L.P. (Plains) regarding federal pipeline ...


Funds Received for CA Wastewater Facility

Last week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency awarded the City of Morro Bay, California, approximately $62 million for the replacement of its 63-year old wastewater treatment ...


DOL Finalizes Apprenticeship Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule yesterday (March 11) on the expansion of its Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs.


EPA Looking at Fees Associated with TSCA

The Environmental Protection Agency announced earlier this week that it is working to address issues identified with implementing the Fees Rules associated with the Toxic Substances Control ...


EPA Proposes New Regulations on PFAS Chemicals

As a part of the U.S. Environment Protection Agency’s Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan, the agency recently proposed regulations on imported products that contain certai...


NYC Passes New Building Energy Codes

Keeping pace with its Green New Deal mission, New York City will now require all new and existing buildings to meet stricter energy efficiency requirements under a new energy code that was j...


NLRB Issues Joint-Employer Final Rule

The National Labor Relations Board recently issued a final rule that lays out what makes two companies joint employers under the National Labor Relations Standards Act.


USDA, EPA Announce Rural Water Support

Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that aims to help water systems face the challenges o...


Multiple Regulations Waived for Border Wall

On Thursday (Feb. 20), a waiver made by the Department of Homeland Security's Acting Director Chad Wolf went into effect, surrendering certain procurement laws as to expedite construction on...


EPA Finalizes List of 20 Low-Priority Chemicals

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized its list of 20 chemical substances that it has identified as low priority under the Toxic Substances Control Act.


Mountain Valley Pipeline Clears FERC Review

Earlier this month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released an environmental impact statement concluding that while an 75-mile-long extension into North Carolina—also known as the ...


EU Officially Publishes Titanium Dioxide Rule

The European Union has published the official delegated regulation to classify titanium dioxide as a suspected carcinogen by inhalation. The decision will be enforced after more than a year ...


ACI Releases 2020 Code, Specs Collection

The American Concrete Institute recently released its 2020 ACI Collection of Concrete Codes, Specifications and Practices, which it deems “the most comprehensive and largest single source of...


NJ Releases Climate Plan, Regulations

Late last month, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled an “Energy Master Plan” that outlines key strategies of his goal to reach 100% clean energy by 2050.


Reports: Draft Federal Order Targets Architecture

A draft order entitled “Make Federal Buildings Beautiful Again” could roll back a decades-long tradition that bars the government from taking a stance on an official architectural style, acc...


OSHA Announces Website to Celebrate 50 Years

As part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 50th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the organization has announced t...


OSHA Revises Silica Exposure Program

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the revision of the National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and reduce or eliminate work...


OSHA Issues Injury, Illness Reporting Reminder

With the start of the new year, agencies are reminding employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule th...


Europe Gears Up for NMP Restriction

With the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) restriction of N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) is set to take effect this spring, the agency recently released a new guideline available for industrial ...


EPA Announces Waterway Protection Rollback

In the latest action since the Trump administration announced the roll back of nearly 95 environmental rules, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has stated it will be reducing the numb...


CA Hospitals File for Seismic Retrofit Extensions

Officials say that several hospitals in California have applied for extensions on mandated seismic retrofits that originally were supposed to be completed in 2008.


US Steel Fined for Air Pollution Violations

After reaching a consent agreement in June 2019 with The United States Steel Corporation, the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) announced earlier this month that the company was char...


2020 OSHA Oil & Gas Issues Call for Abstracts

A call for abstracts has recently been issued by the 2020 OSHA Oil & Gas Safety and Health Conference Advisory Board to industry professionals for presentation proposals for its 2020 Confere...


Philippine Association: Lead Phase-Out Complete

The EcoWaste Coalition, along with the Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers announced earlier this month that the phase-out of all lead-containing paints in the Philippines used for...


FHWA Extends Bridge Inspection Comment Period

Since proposing a 102-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding updates to the National Bridge Inspection Standards in November, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has annou...


UK Cladding Ban Extension Proposed

England’s combustible cladding ban could soon be applied to more than high-rises as Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick recently put forth new measures with the goal to move “faster and further...


St. Louis Passes Solar Roof Mandate

Last month, St. Louis became the latest city to pass green roof legislation—in this case, roofs on new construction must be “solar ready.”


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...


OSHA Corrects Protective Equipment Rule

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a final rule in the Federal Register, issuing various corrections to its Walking-Working Su...


EPA to Celebrate 50th Anniversary This Year

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the theme for its 50th anniversary, which it will be celebrating at the end of this year.


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...


OSHA Sets Date for Silica Standard Proposal

In approaching the end of 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released its long-term regulatory agenda, setting forth the Agency’s schedule for the next 12 months.


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...


TN Plant Authority Hit With $145K Fine

The Tennessee Valley Authority was recently fined $145,000 by federal regulators at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for submitting incomplete and inaccurate information about a backup...


Report: OSHA Inspections Up in 2019

On Tuesday (Dec. 3), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that workplace safety and health inspections were up a significant amount in fisca...


EPA Proposes Cleanup for Sherwin-Williams Site

Last Monday (Nov. 25), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal for the next phase of cleanup at the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Superfund site in Gibbsboro, New Je...


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NYC Hit with Surprise Worksite Inspections

In an effort to reduce the amount of construction worker injuries in New York City, a team of building inspectors has formed to conduct surprise inspections at various major construction pro...


EPA's Ruling on Methylene Chloride Takes Effect

On Friday (Nov. 22), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that its decision to ban all retail distribution of methylene chloride to consumers for paint and coatings removal off...


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.


DOL Plans Safety Meeting, Requests Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor announced late last week that is has scheduled a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health for Dec. 12 in Washington, D.C.


ABC Speaks on Safety at OSHA Meeting

The Associated Builders and Contractors announced late last week that its Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Workforce Developer, Greg Sizemore, spoke at a Nov. 7 Occupational...


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...


Indonesian Paint Co. Sets CA-Based Green Code

Indonesian paint company PT Mowilex has recently published a guide that classifies its products in terms of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions, according to a press release.


EPA Proposes Plant Waste Rule Amendment

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed plans to relax rules related to how power plants store waste from coal-fired power plants. The rules in question date ba...


EPA Taking Comments on Methylene Chloride

The Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public input on a draft risk evaluation of more than 70 uses for methylene chloride, including commercial paint and coating removal, consume...


EPA Releases Lead Progress Report

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week by releasing a Progress Report on the Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and A...


Work on Mountain Valley Pipeline Ceases

The Mountain Valley Pipeline project has lost three important sets of permits, bringing construction to a halt. The permits were suspended in connection with the project’s impact on the envi...


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...


Grant Allows NAHB to Continue Fall Safety Courses

The National Association of Home Builders announced earlier this month that it received a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


EPA Proposes Lead and Copper Rule Amendment

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule amendment that would be the first significant overhaul of the Lead and Copper Rule since 1991, a proposal that bo...


NYC Organizations Offer Free OSHA Training

New York City-based construction workers now have the option to receive free Occupational Safety and Health Administration training through city-based organizations Building Skills New York ...


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...


OSHA Weight System Could Increase Inspections

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently implemented a new OSHA Weighting System for the 2020 fiscal year.


EPA Talks Lead for Children's Health Month

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler recently participated in the Mid-Atlantic Lead Forum, to discuss the agency’s “Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood L...


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...


DOL Taps New Directorate of Construction

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor selected Scott Ketcham as the new director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Directorate of Construction in Washington, D.C.


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.


OSHA Annnounces Recipients of $10.5M in Harwood Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that it has awarded approximately $10.5 million is Susann Harwood federal safety and health t...


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.


NYC Schools See Paint Inspections, Remediation

Early last month over 1,800 children’s classrooms in New York City were reported to have been contaminated with hazardous, deteriorated lead paint.


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...


OSHA Requests Feedback On Silica Standard

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently seeking industry feedback on its respirable crystalline silica standard as it applies to construction. The comment period ...


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.


Mountain Valley Ceases Pipeline Work

Late last week, Mountain Valley Pipeline developers voluntarily suspended construction on stretches of the pipeline in light of a recent lawsuit that sought to address concerns about the pro...


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...


MI Nuclear Plant to Be Inspected

An area of degraded paint was recently found in a power plant in southeastern Michigan, prompting an investigation by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The plant is reportedly operatin...


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...


OSHA Issues Heat Reminder to Employers

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a reminder for employers to protect their employees from the dangers of working in hot weather.


Mountain Valley Pipeline Coating Questioned

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has recently issued a request for “toxicological, environmental and health information” from the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s corporate attorney regard...


AIHA Notes Four Construction Health Hazards

Just last month the American Industrial Hygiene Association released a guidance booklet, “Focus Four for Health: An Initiative to Address Four Major Construction Health Hazards,” in order to...


DOL Talks Construction Safety Meetings, Appointments

In addition to announcing the Secretary of Labor’s appointment of 15 members to serve on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, the U.S. Department of Labor has also annou...


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...


US to Enact Tariffs on Mexico Imports

Late last week, President Donald J. Trump announced that starting June 10, a 5% tariff would be applied to all goods being imported from Mexico. These tariffs are a way of addressing the “em...


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...


NYC Again Extends Safety Training Requirement

Last Wednesday, New York City Councilmembers granted a second extension for on-site construction workers to complete 100 hours of increased safety training as administered by the Occupationa...


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.


OSHA Announces $10.5M in Training Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that $10.5 million in funding will be available this year through its Susan Harwood Training ...


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.


OSHA Fines FL Roofer $133K

Florida Roofing Experts Inc. (Jacksonville, Florida) has recently been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing employees to fall ha...


EPA Proposes Burden Reduction in TSCA Reporting

Just last week (April 12), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed amendments to the Chemical Data Reporting rule.


Acosta Talks OSHA Inspections, Budget Increases

The U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recently told a House Appropriations subcommittee to expect a budget increase for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 2020 and a...


OSHA Cites GA Contractor for Trenching Hazards

A Dallas, Georgia-based utility contractor was recently cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing employees to excavation hazards while completing work on water...


WY Senator Introduces Worker Safety Legislation

A group of senators introduced legislation last week that would make the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program a permanent f...


VA Bridge Inspection Equipment Co. Suspended

Just last month, the Federal Highway Administration made the decision to suspend McClain and Co. Inc. (Culpeper, Virginia) from participating in any federal procurement and non-procurement t...


$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 ...


EPA Finalizes Paint-Stripper Rule

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


FL Bill Targets Heat-Related Injury Prevention

A Florida lawmaker brought forth a bill last week that would set a statewide standard for those working outdoors in relation to heat illness prevention.


PA Contractor Fined $200K for Excavation Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that it has cited a Pennsylvania company for exposing employees to excavation hazards. The co...


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...


EPA Settles with CA Firms Over Lead Paint

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced earlier this week that it has settled with two California construction firms for lead paint violations, reaching nearly $50,000 in penaltie...


Senate Confirms Wheeler as EPA Chief

The Senate has recently confirmed that former coal industry lobbyist, Andrew Wheeler, is to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.


OSHA Reponds to Sales of Fake Training Cards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has responded to a case out of New Jersey, in which a training agent has admitted to selling more than 100 fraudu...


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.


Feds Sue NJ Contractor for $679K in Delinquent Fines

The U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey filed a lawsuit last week against a New Jersey contractor in an effort to collect $678,053 in past-due fines issued by the Occupational Safet...


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...


OSHA Authorizes Use of Drones for Inspections

Inspectors from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration are now authorized to use drones for workplace inspections.


Report: Construction NYC's Most Fatal Industry

The United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released last week new numbers (from 2017) on work-related fatalities and injuries in New York City, finding that the const...


EPA Sued Over Lagging Paint-Stripper Ban

Public health advocates have officially filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its failure to finalize a rule prohibiting the use of methylene chloride.


WV Schools Offer Oil and Gas Safety Training

West Virginia University Safety and Health Extension, working in collaboration with Pierpont Technical and Community College, recently offered Occupational Safety and Health Administration E...


DOL Provides Assistance for Fall Prevention

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that it has developed a new collection of resources to help employers prevent falls on the job...


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.


EPA Considers Progress with Paint Stripper Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly getting ready to finalize its rule on methylene chloride. According to government documents, the EPA sent proposals to the Office of Managem...


Pittsburgh Creates Construction Fraud Task Force

At the end of December, the Pittsburgh City Council voted 8-0 to create a task force geared toward addressing fraud in the construction industry.


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...


Court Rules Contractors Can Be Cited for Subs

A U.S. Appeals Court has confirmed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration can cite a general contractor—even if its employees are not affected—for subcontractor safety violat...


Amazon Latest to Restrict Paint Strippers

Online retailer Amazon recently posted a policy update that effectively prohibits the sale of paint strippers that contain methylene chloride and n-methylpyrrolidone, joining the growing lis...


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...


Amazon Latest to Restrict Paint Strippers

Online retailer Amazon recently posted a policy update that effectively prohibits the sale of paint strippers that contain methylene chloride and n-methylpyrrolidone, joining the growing lis...


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...


Mountain Valley Applies for NC Pipeline Permit

Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC filed an application Tuesday (Nov. 6) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a 73-mile pipeline that will act as an extension of the Mountain Valley P...


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...


EPA Raises Lead Paint Awareness in Philly

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last Thursday (Oct. 25) that it’s on a mission to raise awareness of its lead-based paint rules in one of the oldest cities in the country:...


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...


PPG, Kelly-Moore to Discontinue Paint Stripper

Two more paint companies have confirmed that they are discontinuing the sales of paint strippers containing methylene chloride and NMP.


Court, Army Corps Block Mountain Valley Pipeline

The Mountain Valley Pipeline, to run from Virginia to West Virginia, is once again facing a series of challenges: Following a similar ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals early la...


OSHA Announces Emphasis on Excavation Safety

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that it has updated its National Emphasis Program on preventing trenching and excavation colla...


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...


BSEE Rolls Back Offshore Safety Rules

Dozens of offshore drilling safety regulations, in place since the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, are being rolled back by the Trump administration as part of a newly published rule; th...


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...


OSHA Cites FIU Pedestrian Bridge Firms

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued the first citations related to the bridge collapse at Florida International University, marking unsafe practices that w...


Corrosion-Plagued Nuclear Power Plant Shuttered

New Jersey’s Oyster Creek Generating Station, the oldest operating nuclear power plant in the United States, was shut down yesterday and will now go through the decommissioning process, leav...


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...


OSHA Fines CO Companies $170K for Fall

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited two construction companies for a fatal fall that occurred at a Colorado worksite this past spring.


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...


SF Tunnel Death Spurs Contractor Checks

A week after a worker was struck and fatally injured by a steel beam while working on a $40 million transit tunnel improvement project in San Francisco, the city’s transit authority is promi...


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...


WI Firm Cited in Fatal Blast Shop Incident

A Wisconsin-based manufacturer of construction equipment has settled with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over violations related to a fatal incident in November 2017 in wh...


CDC Recommends Changes on Heat Hazards

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently investigated whether heat exposure limits recommended by its own National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, alongside the A...


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...


FERC Halts Pipeline Construction

Late last week the U.S. Federal Regulatory Commission ordered work on the 303-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would transport natural gas from West Virginia hydrofracking operations, to...


CDC Releases Study on Workplace Heat Risks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently took on research to find out if heat exposure limits recommended by its own National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, as ...


Citation for Tank Contractor Withdrawn

More than two years after a citation was issued against Caldwell Tanks Inc. for not providing adequate ventilation for workers welding inside a water tank, Administrative Law Judge Peggy S. ...


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.


Dangerous Cladding Affects 300 Tower Blocks

More than a year after the Grenfell Tower fire claimed more than 70 lives, the U.K. government has disclosed that roughly 300 private tower blocks in the country have Grenfell-style cladding...


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.


EPA Proposes New Dust-Lead Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released late last week (June 22) a proposal to lower the dust-lead hazard standards. The public has 45 days from the proposal’s release to comment o...


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...


Enforcement to Begin for Shipyard Silica Rule

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration will begin enforcement of its new silica rule in the maritime and general-industry sectors Saturday, following enforcement in the const...


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.


Sherwin-Williams to Phase Out Methylene Chloride

Late last week, The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) announced that it will be phasing out the use of methylene chloride in its paint removal products by the end of the year.


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 ...


NYC Introduces Safety Training Rule

Under a new law recently finalized in New York City, workers on many construction sites will be required to go through increased safety training.


NYC Officials Finalize Safety Training Mandate

New York City officials have finalized requirements of a law passed last October that ups the safety training requirements for most of the city’s construction workers.


Interpreting OSHA's Fall Protection Rule

In my area of responsibility for the National Roofing Contractors Association, fall protection issues generally involve Subpart M of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s const...


OSHA Announces Change to Crane Regs

U.S. workplace-safety regulators announced last week that they plan to change regulations regarding crane operation again after rulemaking nearly a decade ago that spawned confusion and cont...


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 Nixes Capacity in Crane Certification

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced late last week that it is now proposing a rule to clarify its crane operating regulations.


EPA to Act on Methylene Chloride

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced May 10 that it has decided to move forward on its original ruling on methylene chloride, a chemical commonly used for stripping paint.


EPA to Act on Methylene Chloride Paint Strippers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced late last week that it has decided to move forward on its original ruling on methylene chloride, a chemical commonly used for stripping pai...


WI Shipyard Settles First Lead Exposure Suit

A Wisconsin shipyard has settled one of a number of lawsuits filed in the past two years by workers alleging they were exposed to lead hazards in violation of workplace-safety regulations.


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 ...


Silica Citations Ramp up 6 Months After Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is six months into its enforcement of its new silica rule. So far, more than 100 companies have been cited.


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...


NIOSH Links Noise, Heart Disease

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health researchers recently released a study that analyzed data regarding occupational noise exposure, hearing difficulty and heart conditions ...


EPA to Hold Leadership Summit on PFAS

The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will convene a national leadership summit to address the topic of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, use...


OSHA Recognizes Norfolk Shipyard for Safety Record

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration has certified the BAE Systems Inc. Norfolk Ship Repair facility as a Star worksite, the highest level of recognition in the ag...


EPA Convenes Summit on PFAS

The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will convene a national leadership summit to address the topic of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, use...


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 Budget Proposal Cuts Training Grants

A grant program that for four decades has funded safety training via nonprofits, schools and unions is on the chopping block in the Department of Labor's proposed 2019 budget, as the Occupat...


OSHA 2019 Budget Slashes Training Grants

In President Donald J. Trump’s budget proposal for 2019, $1.1 billion is slated to be cut from the Department of Labor, with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requesting the ...


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...


KY Officials Issue Hazard Alert for Trench Fatalities

Officials at Kentucky’s Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program recently issued a hazard alert in response to what the organization calls an alarming rise in trench work fatalitie...


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...


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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...


CPWR Releases Report on Caught-In/Between Accidents

The Center for Construction Research and Training recently released its newest quarterly data report in which it covers caught-in/between fatalities in various industries from 2003-15. Const...


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...


OSHA Issues New Silica Rule Guides

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released more than a dozen fact sheets related to the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction, with a focus on...


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 Issues New Silica Rule Guides

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released more than a dozen fact sheets related to the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction, with a focus on...


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...


Workers Allege Lead Exposure at VA Shipyard

Alleged lead contamination in the Norfolk Naval Shipyard has resulted in an investigation after complaints the shipyard failed to inform onsite workers of airborne lead risks.


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....


OSHA Extends Injury-Reporting Date Again

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that the deadline for the electronic reporting of workplace injuries that took place last year has been extended from Dec...


Los Angeles Gives Notice About Seismic Retrofits

The city of Los Angeles recently began issuing notices to those who own older concrete structures, as well as wood-framed buildings, informing them of their seismic retrofitting requirements...


OSHA Announces New Injury-Reporting Date

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that the deadline for the electronic reporting of workplace injuries that occurred in 2016 will be Dec. 15, two wee...


DOT Watchdog Identifies Priorities for 2018

Keeping roads and highways safe and reliable and addressing fraud on the part of contractors should be two top priorities for the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2018, according to an a...


OSHA Delays Crane Rule Once Again

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has extended the certification deadline for crane operators in its Final Rule, released late last week.


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...


President Trump Taps Pick to Head OSHA

President Donald J. Trump has announced his pick for Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, the head of the Department of Labor's worker-safety agency


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...


Grace Period Ends for Silica Rule Enforcement

The 30-day enforcement grace period for the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard is over, and acting Deputy Assistant S...


OSHA Begins Silica Rule Enforcement

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 30-day grace period for the respirable silica standard is over, and the agency is now fully enforcing the rule.


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 Issues $200K in FInes Over Unsafe Scaffolding

The U.S. Department of Justice recently reported that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is issuing a New Jersey Construction company nearly $200,000 in fines for violations r...


OSHA Silica Rule Enforcement Delayed

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s deadline for compliance with its new respirable silica rule has passed, but the agency has extended the date of enforcement by 30 days.


OSHA Delays Silica Rule Enforcement

The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s new standard for respirable silica took effect Sept. 23, but the agency has extended the date of enforcement by 30 days.


NYC Council Passes New Safety Bill

New York City Council approved a bill last Wednesday after more than eight months of deliberation that will require at least 40 hours of safety training for construction workers.


$3B Gas Pipeline Construction Begins

Energy firm Williams Partners announced earlier this week that construction is underway on the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline in central and eastern Pennsylvania, which the company sa...


Court Rejects FERC Pipeline Approval

A panel of federal judges ruled Tuesday to order a new review of a 685-mile, three-part natural gas pipeline expansion project that was approved in early 2016 by the Federal Energy Regulator...


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.


GAO Calls for Pipeline Risk Assessment Changes

Federal auditors are recommending changes to the way the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration gauges the risk of corrosion in pipelines, calling in a recently released repo...


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


Fake OSHA Training Certificates Plague NYC

Fraudulent Occupational Safety and Health Administration training cards are circulating around the black market of New York City’s streets, and officials are cracking down.


OSHA Shares Heat Protection Success Stories

The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reminding employers of the importance of protecting workers from heat-related illnesses, even as summer nears its e...


Employers Help Beat the Heat

OSHA recently listed employers who had gone above and beyond to keep workers safe from heat-related illnesses during the warm summer season.


FL Contractor Gets $1.5M in OSHA Fines

A Florida roofing contractor has been fined over $1.5 million by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration after multiple investigations yielded several ci...


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 ...


States Divided on Beryllium Rule Action

As the Occupational Safety and Health Administration explores the possibility of changing its new rule on beryllium exposure before enforcement even begins, some states are taking up the new...


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 ...


Oroville Job Expedited to Meet Deadline

The contractor leading efforts to demolish and rebuild two spillways that experienced failures earlier this year at California’s Oroville Dam is attempting to speed up work and accomplish mo...


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.


NJ Woman Sentenced in Bridge Job Pass-Through

A New Jersey woman has been sentenced for using her business to commit fraud on a bridge project.


Trump to Nominate Glick to FERC

President Trump announced his intended third nomination for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission late last week.


OSHA Moves to Delay Electronic Reporting

The Department of Labor has confirmed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is moving to delay the electronic reporting compliance date to Dec. 1, five months later than the...


OSHA Proposes Electronic Reporting Delay

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has officially proposed a delay to the compliance date of parts of its new electronic recordkeeping rule, days before some provisions were o...


OSHA Proposes Beryllium Rule Changes

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Friday that it is proposing to revoke certain provisions of its new beryllium rule in the construction and maritime industries, wh...


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...


OSHA Considers Delay of New Crane Requirement

Earlier this month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration held a mandatory advisory meeting to discuss a deadline extension for crane operation certifications.


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.


OSHA Issues Spray Painting Hazards Pamphlet

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a new fact sheet on the hazards associated with spray painting in shipyards, with information on engineering controls and ...


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 Pier Contractor for Silica Exposure

A South Carolina contractor is facing an $81,000 bill from federal regulators after a safety inspection at a marine terminal allegedly turned up violations related to silica exposure.


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.


EPA Accepts Standards for Sustainable Products

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency said it will recognize The Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard, which is recommended at the highest level for seven building materials and con...


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 ...


Safety Stand-Down Week Focuses on Falls

Construction industry professionals are taking part in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction this week, taking action to educate workers about the importance of fal...


Safety Stand-Down Focuses on Falls

Professionals across the construction industry will take part in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction this week (May 8-12), taking action to educate workers about ...


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...


WI Shipyard Faces Fines After Burn Incident

A Wisconsin shipyard that made headlines last year after exposing workers to lead and other hazards has settled with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over another case, in w...


Lab Aims to Test Nuclear-Plant Concrete

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working on a better way to sense whether concrete at nuclear power facilities is experiencing a chemical reaction that can degrade it, puttin...


OSHA Fines OH Bridge Painter $25K

Federal regulators have settled with an Ohio-based bridge-painting contractor over alleged violations uncovered during blasting operations last fall, cutting an original proposed fine of nea...


Ruling on Electronic Recordkeeping Mandate Stalled

A ruling in the case in which industry groups, including Associated Builders and Contractors and the National Association of Manufacturers, challenge the Department of Labor on its new elect...


OSHA: New Silica Rule Pushed Back to September

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday (April 6) that it would push back enforcement of the construction industry's new respirable cr...


Judge Delays Electronic Recordkeeping Ruling

A federal judge has announced that he won’t rule on a case challenging the federal government’s new electronic recordkeeping rule until after July 1, the deadline for many employers to submi...


OSHA Announces Silica Rule Delay

The U.S. Department of Labor is delaying its enforcement of a new rule on respirable crystalline silica in the construction industry, originally set to be enforced in June.


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...


Congress to Cut OSHA Rule

Congress has voted to ditch a workplace regulation that extended the time period for federal workplace safety authorities to cite employers for failing to report workplace injuries and illne...


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...


Senate Votes Down OSHA's Injury Rule

The U.S. Senate has joined the House in passing a resolution that blocks a workplace injury reporting rule, one that legislation author Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) called, “an unlawful ...


Contractor’s Bookkeeper Admits Fraud

A former bookkeeper of an Ohio-based contractor has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a multi-year fraud scheme, authorities have announced.


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 ...


OSHA Revamps Protocol with New Campaign

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is calling on employers to update their safety protocols with the recently launched “Safe and Sound Campai...


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 ...


OSHA Launches New 'Safe and Sound Campaign'

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently launched its “Safe and Sound Campaign,” which calls on employers to review and revamp their safety proto...


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...


Reports: Trump to Nominate 3 to FERC

President Donald J. Trump is expected to nominate three new members to the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee, potentially restarting business for the federal panel, which regulates interst...


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...


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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.


Debris Cleared as Oroville Spillway Dries Up

As the waters of its reservoir receded, officials stopped the flow over the Oroville Dam’s main spillway Monday, revealing the full extent of the damage sustained by the concrete structure a...


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...


Report: Fires Went Unreported on PA Bridge

Documents from last fall’s federal investigation indicate that workers on Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge sparked two minor fires that went unreported in the days before September’s blaze that s...


No Delay in Silica Rule Challenge

The legal challenge against the new federal respirable silica rule remains on schedule, despite a recent attempt to delay proceedings.


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...


Architects Weigh in on Immigration

Immigration policies aimed at deportation and closing the nation's doors can impact the design and building industry, U.S. architects say.


Pay Scheme Results in $3.2M Fine

A New Jersey-based contractor with ties to several New York City public projects faces $3.2 million in fines for underpaying dozens of immigrant workers, authorities have announced.


Silica Rule Challenge Delay Denied

A panel of federal judges has denied a request from industry groups to delay proceedings in a court case that challenges the new federal respirable silica rule, a request that the petitioner...


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...


Painters Injured in Bridge Worksite Fall

Two workers were injured Wednesday morning on a bridge-painting worksite in Portland, Oregon.


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.


OSHA Issues Tappan Zee Crane Collapse Fine

Federal workplace safety regulators say a corroded clamp on a vibratory hammer played a role in July's crane collapse on the massive Tappan Zee Bridge project in New York, and project contra...


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...


SSPC Session Addresses Worker Health and Safety

Health and safety were the focus of a series of presentations Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 1) at SSPC 2017, where new standards and practical safety measures were addressed by experts in the fi...


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...


Coatings Maker Settles Hazardous Waste Case

A Vermont-based coatings manufacturer has agreed to design and install a new system to capture and control solvent vapors at its manufacturing facility to resolve a case with the U.S. Enviro...


US Tightens Oil Pipeline Safety Rules

Federal regulators have announced new rules to improve oil pipeline safety, increasing requirements related to testing and internal inspections in an effort to prevent pipeline breaches and ...


Website Tackles Misclassification

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


Lead Elevated in Most of Shipyard’s Workers

Nearly three-quarters of the workers on a ship refurbishing job in Wisconsin last year had elevated blood lead levels, according to findings released by Wisconsin and Minnesota health offici...


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...


Masonry Contractor Faces Repeat Fines

An Illinois masonry contractor with a history of health and safety citations now faces $77,606 in new fines for alleged violations of federal fall protection rules.


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.


Beryllium Rule Made Final

Employers have less than two months before new limits regarding workplace exposure to beryllium go into effect.


US Suit Defends Safety Manager

The Labor Department has filed suit against a Georgia-based multistate roofing contractor and its owner for allegedly firing an employee after he cooperated in a federal workplace inspection...


OSHA Issues Final Beryllium Rule

Federal regulators have finalized a new rule limiting workplace exposure to beryllium, a metal that is present in some blasting abrasives and has been linked to lung disease.


Shipyard Settles with OSHA for $700K

After facing a proposed $1.4 million in federal worker-safety fines related to lead exposure, Wisconsin-based Fraser Shipyards has settled with authorities for $700,000 in penalties, along w...


Port Sues Former Paint Chemical Maker

The Port of Portland, OR, has recently joined eight western U.S. cities and the state of Washington in filing nuisance suits, seeking to hold Monsanto liable for allegedly polluting public w...


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.


OSHA Fines Contractor for Bridge Fire

Federal officials have concluded their investigation into September’s fire on Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge, issuing a citation with proposed fines of more than $11,000 to the contractor that ...


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...


Inspector Loses Life on MA Water Tank Dive

A water tank inspector was killed during a tank dive in Braintree, MA, Thursday (Dec. 15), when his equipment reportedly failed.


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...


CA Firm Enters Lead Safety Settlement

A California company that specializes in coatings and window installation has settled with government regulators over alleged failure to employ federally mandated lead-safety practices.


Finishing Firm Fined Following Worker Death

Federal safety inspectors have recommended fines totaling $171,169 for a Wisconsin aluminum extrusion and coating services business following the June 14 death of a 51-year-old worker.


Coating Technician Death Spurs Fines

A Wisconsin aluminum extrusion and coating company is facing federal fines of $171,169 stemming from the death of a 51-year-old worker.


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.


Superfund Site Cleanup to Begin

Federal environmental authorities have reached agreements with several public and private entities, including PPG Architectural Finishes and the City of San Francisco, to begin cleanup of an...


Anti-Retaliation Rule Survives Challenge

A federal judge recently rejected an industry request to further postpone the implementation of controversial anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration...


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...


Stucco Firm Stuck with $345K in OSHA Fines

A Pennsylvania stucco contractor is still facing nearly $345,000 in worker-safety fines after a judge upheld nine violations issued in 2014, but reduced the associated fines by more than $70...


OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rule Takes Effect

After multiple delays, the anti-retaliation provisions of a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule will go into effect today (Dec. 1), after a federal judge rejected an indus...


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.


Contractors Settle Hanford Suit for $125M

Two contractors have agreed to pay $125 million to settle a whistleblower suit over their work at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state, including claims that one used taxpayer money ...


OSHA Firms Up Stance on Slips, Trips, Falls

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published its long-awaited final rule regarding slip, trip and fall hazards for general industry.


Suit Filed in 2014 College Bridge Collapse

Just days after the two-year anniversary of a bridge collapse during construction on Wake Technical Community College’s Raleigh, NC, campus, a lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the workers...


New Rule Targets Slips, Trips and Falls

Federal workplace safety regulators have published a final rule in the Federal Register regarding slip, trip and fall hazards for general industry.


Painter Fined in Fall Case

A Florida painting and waterproofing contractor faces nearly $90,000 in fines after an employee was injured in an 18-foot fall in May at a condominium development in Lauderdale By The Sea.


2 Railcar Cleaners Face EPA Action

Two railcar cleaning facilities in different parts of the U.S. are facing orders from the Environmental Protection Agency over their handling of hazardous waste.


Repeat Fall Hazards Net $137K Fine

An Ohio highway construction company is facing $137,000 in federal fines for alleged repeat safety violations related to fall protection on highway bridges.


Painter Injured in 40-Ft. Water Tower Fall

Federal safety officials are investigating an accident outside Pittsburgh in which a scaffolding failure caused a painter to fall inside a water tower Monday (Nov. 14).


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...


Top OSHA Hazards Persist

Fall-protection lapses have dominated the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's annual list of the most frequently cited federal workplace safety violations in the U.S. for the fif...


Top 10 Hazard Trends Continue

For the fifth year in a row, fall protection has topped the list of most frequently cited federal workplace safety violations in the United States, according to an annual analysis.


Dulux Paint to Pay Fine for ‘Cool’ Claims

A federal court in Australia has ordered international coatings manufacturer DuluxGroup Pty Ltd to pay a $400,000 AUD ($306,992 USD) fine for making false or misleading claims about two of i...


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.


FL Painter Burned in Jobsite Accident

Federal workplace safety regulators are investigating after a Florida painting contractor was injured Friday (Oct. 28) in a fire said to have been sparked by a spraying machine.


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...


Industry Voices: Oil and Gas Growing Safer

As Americans head to the theater to see a new film about one of the biggest energy-extraction disasters in recent history, voices from the industry are pointing out that safety is on the ris...


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...


Condo Construction Accident Kills 1

Federal workplace safety regulators have opened an investigation after one person was killed and several others were injured Wednesday (Oct. 19) evening when building materials rained from t...


OSHA Cites PPG Silica Plant

Paint and coatings manufacturer PPG is facing more than $92,000 in penalties related to worker-safety issues at its facility in Westlake, LA, after an employee complaint prompted a federal a...


OSHA: PPG Workers Exposed to 11 Hazards

Federal authorities have cited paint and coatings producer PPG, alleging nine serious violations and two other-than-serious, stemming from a worker complaint investigation launched in April.


OSHA Levies $150K Fine in IL Demo Death

A Chicago-area demolition company has been cited by the federal government over safety violations stemming from an April incident in which a worker was killed and three others were injured.


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...


Coatings, Corrosion Detection Projects Funded

Three higher education institutions are sharing $900,000 in federal funding intended to promote the development of research projects contributing to the prevention or mitigation of pipeline ...


First Day Injury Prompts Fine

Federal workplace safety regulators say a Florida roofing contractor’s safety failures resulted in the partial impalement of a worker in March. It had been the worker’s first day on the job.


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.


Feds Intervene in Defective Rebar Suit

The U.S. government has decided to join in a whistleblower lawsuit claiming a global supplier to the nuclear power industry defrauded the government.


Painter Hurt in MD Tower Fall

A painter on a Maryland water tower job fell inside the structure Monday, sustaining injuries. Reports identify the painter as Roque Jose Castro, 31. He was working on an interior and exteri...


Owner Charged in Fatal Facade Failure

The owner of a New York City building is facing a year in jail after bricks from the building’s crumbling facade fatally struck a 2-year-old girl sitting below last year.


Surfactant Touts Low Environmental Impact

A new ingredient for degreasers and outdoor cleaning products has been developed by AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, Netherlands) for both consumer and commercial applications that involve direct relea...


Agency Cites Coating Failure in 2015 Leak

A federal pipeline safety agency has identified external corrosion as the cause of a June 2015 gas line rupture in rural eastern Pennsylvania.


OSHA: $10.5M in Safety Training Grants

The federal agency charged with safeguarding workers in the U.S. is awarding $10.5 million to 77 organizations nationwide to help increase workers' and supervisors' worksite safety.


Painter Electrocuted at FL Jobsite

Federal safety authorities say they are investigating the recent death of a 50-year-old, experienced painter in Jacksonville.


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 Fines OH Steelmaker $113K

An Ohio steel manufacturer is facing more than $113,000 in penalties related to worker-safety issues after two inspections last spring, one in response to a worker fatality.


OSHA Grants to Train Workers

Workplace safety regulators have awarded $10.5 million in grants to 77 nonprofit organizations across the country in an effort to create safer worksites.


Spectra Lays Blast to Very Fast Corrosion

Investigators have named “rapid corrosion” as one of the factors contributing to the natural gas pipeline explosion that occurred in a Pittsburgh suburb in April, according to the Pittsburgh...


NYC Said to Undercount Job Fatalities

The official count of worksite deaths in New York City is greatly underinflated, some are saying, while the office of Mayor Bill DiBlasio is calling the matter an “accounting distinction” an...


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...


OSHA Fine Hikes Hits Home for FL Roofer

A Florida roofing contractor is facing $128,000 in fines after federal officials allegedly found workers performing a roofing job without adequate fall protection, the fourth such citation i...


Supplier Cited in Painter Death

Federal authorities have cited Cleveland-based paint maker Sherwin-Williams after a painter died at an apartment building project in Springfield, MO.


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 ...


Federal Contractor Rules Set to Change

An new order designed to ensure that contractors who disobey rules aren't rewarded with federal work are set to take effect next month, authorities have announced.


Feds Order Stricter Contractor Reporting

Starting in October, contractors hoping to land jobs with the U.S. federal government will have additional hurdles to jump, as the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order goes into effe...


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...


Lead Levels Prompt Relocation Efforts

In what some have described as a “Flint 2.0” situation, at least 1,000 residents of a low-income housing complex built near a former industrial site in East Chicago, IN, will soon be displac...


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...


Firm Fined for Lead Lapses

A California specialty contractor faces fines for allegedly violating the federal Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule while working at seven residential projects.


Contractor Faces Criminal Probe

Federal workplace safety officials say criminal charges may be brought against an Illinois construction company accused of exposing immigrant employees to asbestos, without proper safety gea...


OSHA Cites Firms Over KY Crane Collapse

A Kentucky construction firm is facing more than $20,000 in proposed fines in the wake of a crane collapse on a bridge project in February.


OSHA Adds $89K to Roofer's Unpaid Bill

An Illinois roofing contractor is facing $89,100 in federal worker-safety fines on top of more than $250,000 in past penalties that the government says he has failed to pay.


Miami Scaffold Fall Claims Worker’s Life

A construction worker in Florida died Wednesday (Aug. 17) of injuries sustained when the scaffolding he was working from collapsed, according to local media reports.


EPA Fines Cement Maker $1.69 Million

Cement manufacturer Cemex Inc. faces a $1.69 million penalty and will invest $10 million in cutting emissions at five of its plants as a result of a recent settlement with the U.S. governmen...


OSHA Cites NJ Chemical Facility

Solvay Specialty Polymers USA LLC is facing up to $115,000 in penalties after the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited it for 11 alleged violations, including exposing em...


OSHA Fines Roofer $124K for Fall Risks

The U.S. government has cited a Boston-area roofing contractor for numerous worker-safety violations, and issued the company proposed fines of nearly $125,000.


Feds Say 7 Duped $350M from Government

A federal grand jury in Columbia, SC, has charged seven people with cheating the government out of hundreds of millions of dollars in a construction fraud scheme.


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...


DOL Cites US Steel for Asbestos Violations

U.S. Steel Corporation is facing up to $170,000 in fines under U.S. Department of Labor’s workplace health and safety agency allegations it has repeatedly exposed workers to asbestos.


Solvay Cited for 11 Hazards

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Solvay Specialty Polymers USA LLC with 11 alleged violations, including exposing employees to dangerous chemical hazards at i...


Owner, Contractor Face Hefty Lead Fines

Federal regulators have levied nearly $300,000 in total fines against three New Hampshire companies for allegedly failing to follow lead-based paint regulations at a commercial and residenti...


Fraser Shipyard Faces $1.4M in OSHA Fines

The Wisconsin shipyard accused of exposing workers to toxic levels of lead while refurbishing a freighter on site has been cited for 39 violations and is facing nearly $1.4 million in fines ...


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.


Two Firms Face Fall Citations

Two New York contractors are facing more than $110,000 in proposed federal fines for allegedly putting workers at risk on a construction project in Manhattan, authorities say.


NIOSH App Supplies Chemical Safety Info

Workplace chemical safety can be in the pockets of workers and supervisors anytime with the release of a new mobile application from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health...


EPA Rule Targets Formaldehyde Emissions

Under a new federal rule, certain wood product manufacturers in the U.S. and those abroad who sell products in the U.S. will be required to test, certify and label their products as complian...


App Puts Chemical Info in Hand

In an effort to educate workers, employers and occupational health professionals about workplace chemicals and hazards, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has ...


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.


Feds Fine Galvanizer Over Waste Storage

A Baltimore steel galvanizer is facing $60,000 in federal fines over alleged violations of hazardous-waste storage laws.


Hazard Alert Explains MeCl Dangers

Methylene chloride, a toxic chemical present in some paint strippers, is the topic of a new hazard alert bulletin available from the nonprofit CPWR: The Center for Construction Research and ...


Oil Spills Reach $177M Resolution

Nearly six years after what is described as the costliest inland oil spill to occur in the United States, the energy company responsible for the affected pipeline has agreed to pay $177 mill...


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.


More Pipe Corrosion Near PA Blast Site

Nearly three months after a pipeline explosion leveled a house and left a man severely burned, federal investigators have found corrosion on another nearby pipeline, leading them to call for...


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...


OSHA Fines to Increase Soon

After 25 years without a change, fines for U.S. companies that violate worker-safety regulations are about to make a significant jump.


OSHA Fines to Jump in August

Starting next month, companies found to be in violation of workplace safety rules in the United States will face fines nearly double what they would have paid previously.


AG Sues Owner Over Lead

The Illinois Attorney General has accused an apartment building owner of failing to fix cracked and peeling lead-based paint after a young child living there had an elevated blood lead level...


$249K in Safety Fines Upheld for NY Firm

More than three years after the original inspection, a judge upheld nearly $250,000 in fines for a New York contractor accused of putting workers in danger of serious falls at a midtown Manh...


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.


Waste Fines Cost Coatings Firm $80K

An industrial coatings company in Seattle is facing $80,000 in fines after state inspections turned up repeated violations related to the handling of dangerous waste at its facilities.


Extrusion Plant Blast Injures 5

An explosion injured five workers in the casting area of an aluminum extrusion plant in Georgia.


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...


EPA Crackdown Leads to Lead Safety Fines

A number of contractors in Denver and North Dakota are facing fines for violating federal law regarding work done on older buildings that might contain lead paint.


Concrete Repair Line Subtracts Silica

A new line of waterproof concrete repair products from Formulators (Santa Ana, CA) is touted as being free of respirable crystalline silica, the subject of a recent OSHA rule aimed at limiti...


Insulated Coatings Advisory

With an eye toward its mission to protect people and the environment through the safe transportation of hazardous materials, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s pipeline safety bureau ha...


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.


Navy, Guam Contractor Face EPA Fines

In a settlement with the U.S. government, the U.S. Navy and a Guam-based former Navy contractor will pay fines and take corrective action to address alleged hazardous waste violations at a f...


President Signs Off on Pipeline Safety

Bipartisan legislation intended to reform the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) was signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday (June 22).


Owner Convicted in Contract Scheme

A suburban Chicago business owner is facing up to 80 years in prison after a federal jury found her guilty of fraud for her role in a scam involving transit and road construction projects in...


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.


PHMSA Specifies Corrosion Control Steps

The federal agency responsible for pipeline safety has issued a third corrective action order (CAO) to the pipeline operator responsible for a May 2015 breach that spilled 140,000 gallons of...


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.


5 Firms Cited at Student Housing Project

Five contractors face a total of $115,200 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to falls and other safety hazards at a troubled student housing construction project in Lincoln, NE.


Contractor Charged in Fatal Fall

A New York-based concrete contractor and his companies have been indicted on manslaughter and other charges in connection with the falling death of a worker.


Boatmaker Facing $66K in Safety Fines

A Mississippi boat manufacturer faces more than $66,000 in fines after federal inspectors allegedly found numerous safety violations at its factory, including some in and around the spray bo...


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.


Railcar Factory Faces $105K OSHA Bill

A major manufacturer of railcars and equipment in the U.S. faces $105,000 in fines after allegedly exposing painters and other workers to unsafe levels of dangerous chemicals, including lead...


Fines Doubled in Tower Death Case

A New York painting contractor now faces $91,000 in fines in relation to a worker’s electrocution death on an electrical tower job in 2012, a judge has ruled.


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 ...


Firm Fined for Shock Hazards

A West Virginia contractor accepted 10 federal citations and fines for allegedly ignoring fall and electrocution hazards, putting its workers at risk.


PHMSA: External Corrosion Led to Break

Just two days after a Houston pipeline operator was indicted on criminal charges related to a 2015 California oil spill, federal regulators released their final failure investigation report ...


OSHA: 2 Stucco Firms ‘Bypass’ Safety

A pair of Pennsylvania stucco contractors with histories of workplace safety violations is now facing more than $235,000 in federal fines after exposing workers to nearly 40-foot falls at a ...


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.


Pipeline Company Faces Criminal Charges

Nearly one year to the day from the pipeline breach that spilled 140,000 gallons of crude oil on the California coast, the Houston-based pipeline operator has been indicted on 46 criminal co...


Cracks at Nuclear Site Spur Violation

A New Hampshire nuclear power plant was cited by regulators last week for failing to respond properly to problems with cracking concrete.


Focus Turns to Coatings in PA Blast

Residents of the Westmoreland County, PA, town that suffered a natural gas pipeline explosion late last month attended a community meeting Wednesday night (May 11) hoping to find reassurance...


Public, Private Groups Focus on Resilience

The White House this week announced new public and private measures to boost community resilience at its Conference on Resilient Building Codes.


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.


Contractor Pays $682K for Unpaid Overtime

A Texas contractor has paid $682,318 in back wages to 161 employees to resolve allegations the company did not pay the workers overtime wages, according to federal officials.


Corrosion Found in Failed PA Pipeline

The U.S. Department of Transportation agency devoted to pipeline safety has reportedly identified evidence of corrosion and a possible flaw in the weld coating of a natural gas pipeline that...


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.


OSHA: Builder Fails 21 Inspections

A New Jersey contractor with a “callous disregard for its employees” is now facing nearly $900,000 in proposed federal fines, authorities have announced.


Pipeline Safety Bills Eye Corrosion

Pipeline safety is at the heart of a three new bills in the House and Senate. Most recently, the federal committee responsible for writing legislation about interstate and foreign commerce, ...


OSHA Fines KS Chemical Firm $80K

A complaint last October led the federal government to issue 14 workplace-safety violations that could cost a chemical manufacturer with ties to the coatings industry $80,000 in fines.


OSHA: Workers Exposed to 14 Hazards

Federal authorities have cited a supplier of chemicals used in paints and coatings, alleging 14 serious violations, stemming from a complaint investigation launched last October.


Refinery Faces $720K in EPA Fines

Six years after a deadly explosion at a Washington state refinery, the federal agency responsible for protecting human health and the environment has filed a complaint against the Tesoro Ref...


Bill to Require Fire-Resistant Coatings

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


PPG: No Lead in Any Products by 2020

In its newly released sustainability report, PPG announced that it plans to completely phase out the use of lead in its products by 2020.


PPG Makes Lead-Free Commitment

The Pittsburgh, PA-based paint and coatings giant PPG says it will phase out the use of lead in all of its products in four years, according to a newly released sustainability report.


Family Receives $18M for Bridge Death

A jury awarded $17.72 million to the family of the worker who drowned during bridge construction on the Baylor University campus in 2014.


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...


OSHA: Workers ‘Willfully Exposed’ to Lead

A Michigan painting company with a history of safety violations faces $121,880 in penalties for allegedly exposing workers to lead on a Pennsylvania worksite while removing paint from water ...


Asbestos Violations Spur EPA, OSHA Bills

Federal authorities are cracking down on asbestos hazards at commercial and multi-residential building projects.


Coatings Company Settles with EPA

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


‘Serial Violator’ Hit with $385K OSHA Tab

A New Jersey contractor with a lengthy record of recent past safety violations, now faces more than $385,000 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to dangerous fall hazards.


New Painter Dies in 50-Foot Fall

Federal workplace safety authorities are investigating the death of a 25-year-old painter who fell five stories at an apartment project last month in Springfield, MO.


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.


EPA Names Top 25 Energy-Saving Cities

When it comes to embracing the Environmental Protection Agency’s energy efficiency Energy Star program—Washington D.C. leads the pack.


Renovation Activities Prompt EPA Fine

A California renovator has been fined nearly $30,000 for failing to comply with federal lead-based paint safety regulations.


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.


OSHA: 10K Severe Injuries Reported

Federal safety and health regulators said more than 10,000 severe work-related injuries were reported to OSHA during the first year of the agency’s new reporting requirement.


Partial Building Collapse Hits School Bus

Authorities in Philadelphia are investigating what caused a building under demolition to partially collapse Thursday (March 17) striking a tree, street lamp and school bus.


Severe Injury Reporting: Year in Review

More than 10,000 severe work-related injuries were reported to OSHA during the first year of the agency’s new reporting requirement.


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...


Design Changes Eyed in Bypass Collapse

A failure to follow design standards likely led to the collapse of a 150-foot-long viaduct section during construction on a California freeway project last year, transportation officials hav...


OSHA: $105K for Fatal Bridge Accident

Federal authorities are citing the main contractor on a northwest Wisconsin bridge rehabilitation and resurfacing project after an 18-year-old apprentice died from injuries after being struc...


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.


Manager Gets 1-3 Years for Safety Fraud

The manager of a construction site safety inspection consultancy in New York City will spend one to three years in state prison for fraudulent inspections.


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.


Senate Commits to Pipeline Safety

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a bipartisan bill supporting the pipeline safety agency of the Department of Transportation and establishing safety standards for natural gas storage...


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...


Safety Fines to Surge in NYC

Construction workers and building professionals in New York City will see increased oversight and harsher penalties for skirting safety regulations in the coming months.


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.


DOL Cites Steelmaker for Retaliation

Federal authorities have filed suit against a major Pittsburgh-based steel producer, claiming the manufacturer retaliated against workers who reported workplace injuries.


OSHA: $102K Fine for Fatal Lift Tipover

Federal authorities have levied fines against a Massachusetts roofing and waterproofing contractor after a worker died while operating an aerial lift on an inspection site in Taunton.


Tool Estimates Respirator Cartridge Life

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the U.S. federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related i...


PHMSA: Corrosion Root Cause of Spill

A federal pipeline safety agency has formally identified external corrosion as the cause of a May 19, 2015, oil spill along the Santa Barbara, CA, coast.


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.


EPA Awards Focus on Sustainable Tech

Federal environmental authorities are investing in green building technologies and other innovative ideas developed by 38 student teams from around the country.


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...


Health and Safety Advisors Needed at OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking nominations for new members to fill open seats on its advisory committee.


Officials Probe Lead-Safe Reports

Maryland residents who thought their homes were safe from lead paint might not be certain anymore.


Contractor Admits to Bilking Elderly

A Washington state contractor has pleaded guilty to one count of unregistered contracting after taking more than $37,000 from an 87-year-old woman in one month.


Fall Leads to Willful, Serious Violations

A Texas flooring company faces more than $66,000 in federal fines after a worker fell from a balcony at a commercial construction site, according to health and safety authorities.


EPA Takes Over Lead Testing in Flint

In what has become a national crisis over localized contaminated drinking water, the federal Environmental Protection Agency said it would be taking over water testing and ordering an indepe...


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.


Unregistered Painter Agrees to Stop

Washington state contractor Terry Foster has agreed to stop painting without registering for a contractor’s license—even though he allegedly said last year that those rules do not apply to h...


OSHA Sets New Hearing on Beryllium

A proposed rule on beryllium lowering beryllium exposure time for workers is getting another hearing to gather more information.


Beryllium Rulemaking Gets New Hearing

A proposed rule on beryllium lowering beryllium exposure time for workers is getting another hearing to gather more information.


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...


OSHA: Fall Hazards Paralyzed Worker

A New Jersey builder and Pennsylvania construction contractor received more than $100,000 in combined fines for a 30-year-old construction worker's paralyzing fall.


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.


Trench Death Leads to Willful Citations

A northcentral Pennsylvania company faces $140,000 in fines after a worker was killed in a trench during a bridge renovation project last summer.


Demolition Crew Fights OSHA Citations

A Pennsylvania contractor who was charged with two serious violations for workplace safety violations during a partial bridge collapse is contesting its citations.


EPA Seeks Comments for RRP Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is inviting feedback on how to create lead testing kits that meet the performance recognition criteria in its Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (R...


Silica, Beryllium Top 2016 OSHA List

As 2015 came to a close, new rules on silica, beryllium and record-keeping were among those on the horizon—but not final yet.


OSHA Puts Silica on 2016 Rule List

A final rule on silica exposure topped the list of health and safety rules that might affect the coatings and construction industries in 2016.


OSHA: Plaster Workers Exposed to Falls

An Ohio plaster and masonry contractor faces more than $131,000 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to fall hazards at two inspection sites earlier this year.


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.-...


Tank Company Settles OSHA Case

Following a propane explosion that injured six employees and seriously burned four of them as they were prepping a propane tanks for repainting, a company has settled with the federal agency...


Paint Booth Noise, Dust Leads to Fine

A Watseka, IL, metal fabricating plant was investigated on claims that it exposed employees to unsafe levels of metallic dusts, vapors and noise when manually powder coating metal products i...


Paint Dust Exposure Leads to $76K Fine

After receiving a complaint of unsafe working conditions, the federal agency that oversees worker health and safety has fined an Illinois-based metal fabrication company that performs powder...


Repeat Hazards Spark $80K in Fines

Following a fatal fall at a Kyle, TX, construction site and a later inspection that also revealed fall hazards, the federal agency that oversees worker health and safety has fined a San Anto...


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.


Judge Suspends Sentence in Fall Case

A U.K. court has suspended the 18-month prison sentence of a roofer after one of his employees fell 30 feet to his death in May 2014.


NYC: Engineer Lied on Inspection Report

An engineer who declared a building’s façade was "safe" prior to part of that façade falling off and killing a toddler has been charged with allegedly filing a false report.


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.


Oil Refinery Fined for Toxic Release

In what a state-run safety agency has said is the most recent of mounting complaints and violations against a refinery, Shell Oil Products is facing $77,000 in fines for an uncontrolled toxi...


Contractor Fined for Repeat Violations

A Philadelphia-based stucco contractor faces more than $51,000 in fines after allegedly exposing its workers to repeat fall-safety hazards.


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).


Railcar Firm Cited for Blasting Issues

A railcar service and repair company faces $23,000 in fines for health and safety violations after inspectors discovered several issues related to the company’s sandblasting procedures.


Plains Told to Purge Idle Line

Fearing ongoing corrosion damage, federal regulators have ordered the owner of a 130-mile pipeline in California to purge the system, though idle, of the crude that remains in the lines.


Steel Company Charged in Deadly Fall

A structural steel subcontractor faces a criminal charge in connection with a 22-year-old apprentice’s falling death.


Cracks Worry Nuclear Plant’s Opponents

Environmental groups have said an Ohio nuclear power plant’s license should not be renewed because cracks in the plant’s concrete reactor shield pose an ongoing danger.


Plasterers Fined in ‘Senseless’ Death

A pair of Arizona plaster and stucco contractors is facing more than $407,000 in fines after a 44-year-old worker fell off an unguarded balcony to his death in May.


Steel Mills Fined After Worker Crushed

A steelmaker with a history of safety violations faces nearly $400,000 in fines for two inspections, including one after 1,000 pounds of equipment fell on a worker and injured him.


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.


OSHA to Increase Fines in 2016

Federal workplace regulators will soon impose stiffer penalties on contractors and others who run afoul of health and safety laws.


OSHA Fines Slated to Jump in 2016

In a move that caught many workplace safety experts by surprise, OSHA has been authorized to raise the price of its penalties for the first time since 1990—a change likely to reflect an 80 p...


Improper Paint Storage Spurs EPA Fines

An Alaskan construction company has agreed to pay the federal Environmental Protection Agency $140,000 to settle allegations that it improperly handled and stored hazardous paint and roofing...


Fines Bolster Compliance, Study Says

Do employers take worker safety more seriously when they know there will be formal or financial consequences?


Study: Citations Reduce Work Injuries

New research confirms previous studies that suggest citations and penalties from workplace inspections reduce injuries that occur on the job.


Design Charity Manager Admits Theft

A former office manager of a global architectural charity organization has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and false accounting.


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...


OSHA Cites Roofers for Asbestos

Federal workplace safety authorities have cited two Chicago area contractors for exposing workers to dangerous asbestos hazards.


Paint Designed to Kill Bacteria

Sherwin-Williams is billing its latest product offering as “one of the most significant technological breakthroughs” in its nearly 150-year history.


EPA Settles 75 Lead Paint Cases

The Environmental Protection Agency entered into 75 settlements in the past year with contractors who failed to follow the federal lead paint guidelines.


Painter Gets Prison for Tax Fraud

A Connecticut painting contractor was sentenced to 30 days in prison after failing to pay more than $275,000 in federal income taxes over a five-year period, authorities have announced.


Obama, Partners Plan to Emission Cuts

What do Dow Chemical, Fomo Products, Lapolla Industries and NCFI Polyurethanes have in common?


Fall Hazards Rack Up $92K in Fines

Two Pennsylvania contractors face almost $92,000 in proposed fines for allegedly exposing workers to falls at a hospital construction site in Lebanon, PA.


Companies Cited for Failing to Stop Work

Two California contractors are facing more than $300,000 in fines after they allegedly failed to stop working on a construction site after they were ordered to fix cave-in hazards.


Exxon Fined $2.6 for Pipeline Breach

In what it calls a failure of the operator to assess a pipeline threat in a timely manner, the regulatory agency that oversees pipeline safety has fined ExxonMobil $2.6 million for a 2013 sp...


Fall Protection Is Top OSHA Violation

Little has changed in the past year for the top 10 list of most frequent OSHA violations, according to a recent analysis.


OSHA Reveals Most Frequent Violations

Fall protection once again tops the list of safety violations in 2015, OSHA revealed at a National Safety Council conference last week. Hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory prot...


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...


Glass Maker Settles Clean Air Violations

Guardian Industries Corp. has reached a $70 million proposed settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency that would resolve allegations that the co...


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.


OSHA Probes Deadly Roof Collapse

Federal workplace safety authorities say they are investigating the partial collapse of a one-story building that killed a construction worker on Thursday (Sept. 24) in Chicago.


Teen Worker Dies on Bridge Project

A teenage bridge worker in northwest Wisconsin died Monday (Sept. 21) after being injured in a forklift accident.


OSHA Issues Army Corps Citations

A federal agency is facing charges of serious and repeat safety violations that would cost a private sector employer $124,020 in penalties.


Contractor Blamed in Crane Collapse

Authorities in Saudi Arabia say the construction company overseeing an expansion project at the largest mosque in the world was partially responsible for last Friday’s crane collapse that ki...


Company Cited for Floating Bridge Death

A Washington state contractor has been cited following the death of a worker on a floating bridge project earlier this year.


States, Cities Win Grants to Remove Lead

More than $101 million in federal funding has been awarded to 32 cities, counties and state governments to combat lead-based paint.


Rig Topples, Dumps Paint in Watershed

A big rig carrying thousands of gallons of paint led to some confusion and a lot of cleanup work after an accident Sept. 10 in California resulted in spilled paint in a watershed area.


Court: Roofer in Contempt, Owes $405K

A roofing contractor has been found in contempt of court and must pay the federal government nearly $405,000 in fines for ignoring a 2011 court order or face additional penalties.


$54M Supports Pipeline Safety Programs

State programs that involve inspection, incident investigation and enforcement for pipeline safety are receiving funding totaling more than $54 million dollars from the Pipeline and Hazardou...


Companies Face Construction Site Fines

The federal agency in charge of worker safety has cited two construction companies a combined $88,000 for exposing their employees to excavation hazards on a multi-employer work site.


Painters Nabbed in Undercover Sting

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


Trench Collapse Video Goes ‘Viral’

A video released last week from a state-run occupational health and safety program demonstrates why trench shoring is vital to worker safety.


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.


OSHA Maps Worker Safety Violators

From Alaska to Florida, some of the nation's worst workplace health and safety offenders are being plotted in a new interactive map.


Seabrook Faces Second Concrete Issue

A recent inspection at the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant uncovered more concrete degradation, but the federal regulators who oversee nuclear power plants have said the findings are no...


OSHA Rule May Change Beryllium Limits

More than 40 years after the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration first sought to change to the rules regarding beryllium exposure limits, the agency has published a propose...


Interactive Map Shows Safety Violators

The federal agency that oversees worker safety has created an online interactive map that allows users to see some of the nation’s worst health and safety violators more easily.


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...


Bio-diesel Plant Faces Fines After Fire

A bio-diesel plant where massive explosions and a fire erupted in April had several safety violations at the time of the blaze, federal officials have said.


Accident at Vikings Stadium Claims 1

One worker was killed and another was seriously injured while working on the roof of the new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.


After 40 Years, OSHA Tackles Beryllium

A new federal proposal to reduce worker exposure to beryllium will not cover the abrasive blast industry, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Refinery Explosion Nets $566K in Fines

The group that oversees workplace safety in California has issued 19 citations to ExxonMobil and fined it more than $500,000 for a refinery explosion earlier this year.


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.


Construction Workers at Risk for COPD

Respiratory health among construction workers is the focus of new research by Duke University and the Center for Construction Research.


Supplier Agrees to $5M Fraud Settlement

A national supplier of water, sewer, fire protection and storm drain products has agreed to pay nearly $5 million to settle allegations that it fraudulently received federal money for which ...


Asbestos Violations Spur $2M in Fines

Two closely related Illinois construction companies and a manager are facing dozens of willful and serious safety and health violations after allegedly exposing workers to asbestos during a ...


Monitor Made for Dust Collection

A web-based dust-collection diagnostic system billed as the "first of its kind" has been introduced by Camfil Air Pollution Control.


Agencies Probe Fatal Trench Collapse

State and federal agencies are running separate investigations following the death of a government employee who was crushed by falling dirt while he was working in a wastewater culvert.


Painter to Pay $500K in Wage Case

A New Hampshire painting contractor accused of underpaying more than 150 employees and retaliating against one of them has been ordered to pay nearly $500,000 in wages, damages and penalties...


Web-based Unit Monitors Air Quality

Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) has designed a web-based system for dust collection diagnostics.


Shipper Racks Up Violations

A marine terminal operator’s safety hazards were so egregious that a state agency briefly shut down part of its operations and cited the company with what the agency said is one of its large...


Respiratory Health Needs Attention

Ads on TV may lead you to equate breathing disorders such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to smoking alone.


Fatal Bee Swarm Sparks Cal/OSHA Probe

California workplace safety authorities are investigating the death of a construction worker who died after a bee swarm attack in Riverside.


OSHA Offers 'Clarity' in Injury Reporting

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


OSHA Rule ‘Clarifies’ Injury Reporting

In what it says is a rule that clarifies an existing practice, a federal agency has notified U.S. employers that it will cite them for up to five years for failing to document work-related i...


EPA Fines Caltrans, Contractor $80K

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement for $80,000 each with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and a general contractor for dumping fuel an...


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.


Trench Collapse Nets $424K Fine

A Texas construction company that specializes in infrastructure faces more than $420,000 in fines for 16 citations it received when a trench collapsed on one of its workers earlier this year...


Painter Faces Prison for Tax Fraud

A Connecticut painting contractor faces three years behind bars and a fine of up to $250,000 for failing to pay more than $275,000 in federal income taxes over a five-year period.


OSHA Fines Piling up for LA Contractor

A nationwide roofing contractor, with a history of safety violations, faces a new six-figure fine for allegedly exposing workers to falls and other hazards.


Fines for Fire That Killed 7 on Appeal

A refinery is attempting to reverse the largest safety violations fine ever assessed by the State of Washington following a 2010 explosion that killed seven workers.


OSHA: Fall Victim Denied Safety Gear

A Texas-based construction company faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal fines after a temporary worker fell 12 feet through a roof and was hospitalized with severe injuries.


Builder Fined $153K in Latest OSHA Case

A Florida-based contractor has been fined more than $153,000 for willful, serious and repeat violations after federal workplace safety officials found employees at risk.


Jury Awards $350K in Lead Paint Suit

A Providence, RI, jury has awarded more than $350,000 to a 19-year-old who suffered permanent brain damage after exposure to lead paint as a toddler.


Bridge Collapse Leads to $14K Fine

An Ohio-based construction company with long-standing state contracts has been fined for a fatal bridge collapse earlier this year.


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.


Companies at Odds over Bridge Death

Less than a day after a man died while performing abrasive blasting work on a Mississippi River bridge, one of the companies involved asked a federal judge to rule it is not liable.


WA Contractor Settles DBE Fraud Case

BELLEVUE, WA--A major civil construction contractor in the Pacific Northwest will pay $142,440 to settle claims of contract fraud on a federally funded highway project.


Green Polyurethanes Capture Blue Ribbon

WASHINGTON--Polyurethanes tough enough for industrial use without hazardous isocyanates have bested scores of technologies to win a 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.


Green Polyurethane Takes EPA Honor

WASHINGTON--A new polyurethane technology that does not use isocyanates in the entire production process has been named one of the top green chemistry advances of 2015.


OSHA Delays Confined-Space Enforcement

WASHINGTON--Federal authorities have announced a temporary enforcement period to ease employers into full compliance with the upcoming new rules on confined-space work in construction.


Worker Perishes at Dow Site in TX

FREEPORT, TX--Federal authorities and officials at two companies are investigating the death of a worker in a tank at a Dow Chemical Co. construction site.


Drum Maker Fined $215k in Accident

TUMWATER, WA--A major steel-container supplier with a history of safety violations is facing a new federal case and six-figure fine after an employee became entangled in a piece of machinery...


Contractor Cited in Painter Death

KANSAS CITY--Federal authorities have cited a Missouri-based painting contractor after a worker died at a commercial building project in Kansas City.


Roofer to Pay $1.6M in Wage Case

MILWAUKEE--A Wisconsin roofing contractor will pay $1.6 million in restitution and damages after underpaying workers on federally funded housing projects, according to authorities.


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.


Water Tank Worker Killed in Fall

VERONA, VA--Authorities are investigating the death of an engineering technician who perished after what his employer called a "short" fall while appropriately harnessed.


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.


Scaffolding Falls Claims 2 Lives

AMES, IA--Authorities are investigating a scaffolding accident that killed two workers Friday (June 22) at a new student housing project near Iowa State University.


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...