Weekly Poll (16)


In May, the WaterJet Technology Association announced that it had partnered with the Houston Area Safety Council to create a new field verification training and certification program for safe and standardized hydroblasting operations. Do you think the program will be more beneficial to professionals than WJTA’s mid-1980s reference: Industry Best Practices for the Use of High-Pressure Waterjetting Equipment?


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


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


How do you decide what media to use on a given abrasive blasting job?


Methylene chloride paint strippers are being phased out by some companies and retailers ahead of an anticipated partial ban by the EPA. Should they be done away with entirely?


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


A Canadian worker’s recent death has been blamed on an allergic reaction to walnut-shell blasting media. Should these products be subject to further safety regulations?


Do you ever use waterjetting as part of the surface preparation work you do?


What method of surface preparation does your company use most often on jobs?


Aside from size and hardness, what factor do you consider most important when choosing abrasive media?


Has your company considered using more novel approaches to surface preparation, such as dry-ice blasting or laser cleaning, in its operations?


According to Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.’s blog on D+D, there are varying approaches to surface preparation of weathering steel when replacing sealant. Which approach are you most likely to follow?


How prevalent will autonomous or robotic systems for surface preparation become over the next decade?


After 4½ years, the EPA is set to announce Dec. 19 whether it will reclassify coal ash as hazardous waste. What’s your prediction?


What industry trends do you follow most closely?


The economy is pressuring many contractors to bid as low as possible, which has led many to cut corners wherever possible. As a contractor, how often do you attempt to meet only the minimum specifications for surface preparation and coatings application?

Submitted by Jesse Chasteen
Kalispell, MT


 
 
   

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