News Update

9/26/2016 - Automatic Coating Limited celebrates 50 years

SCARBOROUGH, Ont.–Automatic Coating Limited (ACL), an applicator of powder and liquid coating in North America, is celebrating 50 years in the corrosion coating industry. The family-owned business has lead the way by developing and investing in state-of-the-art equipment and holds patent and patent-pending technology in the application of coatings to increase life cycles and reduce maintenance costs. ACL operates in the naval, pipeline, aerospace, and manufacturing industries.


9/21/2016 - BASF opens automotive center in Houston

FLORHAM PARK, N.J.–BASF has opened a new Refinish Competence Center in Houston, Tex. The center includes the latest in virtual and in-person training facilities, spray booths, and market-leading application equipment to enable next generation training for all job functions in the collision repair industry. In addition to teaching the latest painting techniques, the center offers classes to help customers drive more business through their shops. The facility can also support industry and networking events, for up to 50 people, to enhance customer interactions.


9/20/2016 - Hempel launches app to aid in coating condition surveys

CONROE, Tex.–Global coatings supplier Hempel (USA) Inc. has launched an interactive iPhone and iPad tool to facilitate coating condition surveys. The Trusted Asset Protection Survey (TAPS) is a digital application designed to increase efficiency and invite more customer interaction in the survey process.

The new digital tool is expected to accelerate coating condition surveys, a system in which final recommendations can be delayed when conducted via a manual process. Now, reports recorded by TAPS will be stored on Hempel's server and connected to its customer extranet in order to give access to the most recent information available for managing assets.

The overall condition survey focuses on giving the asset a coating and corrosion condition status to help spot potential problems, minimize risk, and prioritize the areas that need to be considered first for maintenance. It is intended to help a customer identify where to allocate operational expenses to conserve the performance and aesthetic appearance of their holdings.


9/19/2016 - Steel firm builds new paint line facility

COLUMBUS, Miss.–Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI), a producer of carbon steel products, has broken ground on its new $100 million paint line and Galvalume facility in Columbus, Miss. The project, originally announced in May 2015, is expected to be complete and ready for operation during the first quarter of 2017.

Situated on a 1,400-acre site, the facility is a cutting-edge, high-tech electric arc furnace minimill capable of producing 3.4 million tons of steel annually. The plant features two electric arc furnaces, two ladle metallurgy furnaces, two vacuum degassers, two thin slab casters, a hot strip mill, pickle lines, an annealing line, a temper mill, two hot-dipped galvanizing lines, and a rewind/inspection line. The addition of the paint line and Galvalume capabilities will allow SDI to produce additional value-added steel products. The paint line will provide an annual coating capacity of 250,000 tons.


9/16/2016 - US Department of Labor files suit against Lear Corp.

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The US Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Lear Corp., doing business as Renosol Seating LLC, and three of its managers for suspending and terminating employees who reported workplace hazards in violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The suit follows an investigation by the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after three Renosol employees filed federal complaints. Based in Selma, Ala., the company is a high- and low-volume foam manufacturer.

Filed in March, the suit alleges that Lear discriminated against the employees by conducting retaliatory acts in violation of the OSH Act's Section 11(c). The suit seeks back wages, interest, and compensatory and punitive damages. Additionally, the suit seeks an order directing Lear to remove all references to this matter from the employee's personnel records and barring Lear from future violations of the OSH Act.

The department's action makes numerous allegations, including that the company harassed employees, reduced their overtime, segregated them from coworkers, and suspended and later terminated one of the employees in retaliation for raising health concerns associated with exposure to toluene diisocyanate.

OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of the OSH Act and 21 other statutes, protecting employees who report violations. Employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees who raise various protected concerns or provide protected information to the employer or to the government. Employees who believe that they have been retaliated against for engaging in protected conduct may file a complaint with the secretary of labor to request an investigation by OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program.


9/15/2016 - IHEA's online learning course set for October

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Industrial Heating Equipment Association's (IHEA's) Fundamentals of Industrial Process Heating Online Learning Course is scheduled to begin on October 17, 2016. This course is ideal for students who wish to take the course at home or work in a flexible web-based distance-learning format. It's an affordable alternative to campus-based classes and allows students to go at their own pace. The course offers an indispensable tool to industrial process heating operators and users of all types of industrial heating equipment. In the instructor-led, interactive online course, students learn safe, efficient operation of industrial heating equipment, how to reduce energy consumption, and ways to improve your bottom line.

This class provides an overview of the fundamentals of heat transfer, fuels and combustion, energy use, furnace design, refractories, automatic control, and atmospheres as applied to industrial process heating. Students will gain a basic understanding of heat transfer principles, fuels and combustion equipment, electric heating, and instrumentation and control for efficient operation of furnaces and ovens in process heating.

This 6-week online course is led by industry expert, Max Hoetzl, retired vice president of Surface Combustion. The registration fee includes course instruction, live interaction with the trainer, class forums to interact with other students, and an electronic copy of IHEA's Fundamentals of Process Heating Course Handbook. To register, visit www.ihea.org and click on the course button on the home page.


9/14/2016 - Corrosion inhibitor made for coating applications

HAMMOND, Ind.–ICL\Advanced Additives, a leading global specialty phosphate producer, has introduced a zinc and aluminum based inorganic corrosion inhibitor that is designed to provide early and long-term corrosion protection in conjunction with industrial coating systems.

HALOX 700 is a white, nonreflective corrosion inhibiting pigment. The combination of zinc and aluminum phosphates provides extended protection in solvent-based and water-based epoxy and urethane coatings. For alkyd and acrylic coatings, HALOX Organic Corrosion Inhibitors are recommended for use in combination with HALOX 700. Recommended application levels for the product range from 5 percent to 10 percent based on the total formula weight.


9/12/2016 - Researchers take a closer look at graphene

BERKELEY, Calif.–While the various properties inherent to graphene make it ideal for applications from corrosion-resistant coatings to biological devices, all uses rely on the structural reliability it is known for. However, scientists at the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report that while the material is strong, it is not very resistant to fracture. The team published its findings, “Toughness and Strength of Nanocrystalline Graphene,” in the journal “Nature Communications.”

In terms of strength, defined as a material's resistance to deformation, the material has been billed as 200 times stronger than steel. However, the researchers say they have developed the first known statistical theory for the toughness of polycrystalline graphene and found its toughness is quite low. In fact, the material's toughness is lower than diamond and only slightly higher than pure graphite. Toughness and strength are often mutually incompatible properties, the scientists note.

Over the past few years, graphene has been studied in a variety of applications, including corrosion-resistant coatings, flexible electronic displays, and biological devices. These uses depend on its mechanical properties for structural reliability. The team is now trying to understand more about the fracture of graphene, specifically the effects of adding hydrogen to the material. Preliminarily, they report that they are finding cracks grow more readily in the presence of the element.


9/8/2016 - Kason expands test lab

MILLBURN, N.J.–An all-new, expanded test laboratory at Kason Corp. contains a full range of equipment for documenting the performance of vibratory screeners, centrifugal sifters, fluid bed dryers and coolers, mixers and blenders, and size reduction equipment using customer-supplied materials. Performance data obtained on all laboratory test equipment are scalable to accurately project outcomes achieved on production models to be constructed. Kason lab technicians can also replicate virtually any process layout and production scenario, including running of materials at elevated temperatures.


9/7/2016 - Glass nanocoating work wins NSF grant

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.–WattGlass LLC has been awarded a $746,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant in recognition of its work on a glass coating said to make the material antireflective, self-cleaning, and highly transparent. WattGlass, a startup founded in 2014 to commercialize the coating developed at the University of Arkansas, will use the grant to further develop the patent-pending coating technology.

The coating virtually eliminates reflection, glare, and fogging on glass and other transparent materials using a proprietary nanoparticle coating. The nanoparticle-based coating will also increase the efficiency of solar panels and reduce their cleaning and maintenance costs. The coating costs less than $0.50 per square meter and is made from commercially available materials. The company is looking into ways to apply its coating technology for automotive, consumer, building glass, and solar photovoltaic panels.

The National Science Foundation Phase II grant came through the Small Business Innovation Research Program, which allows federal agencies to stimulate technological innovation in the private sector by strengthening small businesses that meet federal research and development needs.


9/6/2016 - Sponsors announce date for Electrocoating Seminar

CINCINNATI, Ohio—The Electrocoat Association and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) are co-sponsoring the 2016 Electrocoating Seminar this year, which will be held October 4-5 at the Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa.

An Introduction to Electrocoating kicks off Day 1 of the classroom-style program to bring attendees up to speed with the technology before tackling more advanced topics in the remainder of the seminar. The discussion will center on cost and process efficiencies, quality control, and innovative technologies in the different components of a typical electrocoating line. Preventive maintenance and troubleshooting for defects that can plague a system will also be addressed and illustrated with actual examples.

An evening networking event at the conclusion of Day 1 provides attendees an opportunity to meet the presenters and ask questions specific to their company's needs as well as interact with other attendees and potential partners.

This year's event will conclude with a plant tour of John Deere Des Moines Works, Ankeny, Iowa. The facility's cathodic electrocoat system has been in operation since 1980 and will offer a real-world illustration of the technical material presented.

Registration includes the educational program, networking reception, group lunches and breaks, transportation for the plant tour, and a copy of The Electrocoat Association's textbook, “Electrocoating: A Guidebook for Finishers”.

To review the complete program and to register, visit www.electrocoat.org or contact Anne Von Moll at 800/563-8831 or anne@electrocoat.org.


9/2/2016 - Courses: October 2016

October 11: Practical Course on Viscosity Measurement. Phoenix, Ariz. Also offered October 13 in Houston, Tex., and October 20 in Middleboro, Mass. Offered by Brookfield AMETEK. Contact Brookfield at 800/628-8139; fax 508/946-6262; www.brookfieldengineering.com.

October 17: Fundamentals of Industrial Process Heating Online Learning Course. Offered by the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA). Contact Kelly LeCount at 859/525-9988; kelly@goyermgt.com; www.ihea.org.


9/1/2016 - EPA awards grants to 38 student teams for innovative sustainable projects

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded 38 People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) grants to university student teams for proposed projects to develop new, sustainable products and strategies. Each team will receive up to $15,000 for their proposals.

Funding for the P3 competition is divided into two phases. Teams selected for Phase I awards receive grants of up to $15,000 to fund the development of their projects, which are then showcased at the National Sustainable Design Expo in the spring. Following the Expo, P3 teams compete for Phase II awards of up to $75,000 to further develop their designs and potentially bring them to the marketplace.

This year's teams are testing innovative ideas such as repurposing chemical byproducts from the mining industry into new concrete that helps inhibit the corrosion of steel and developing a food waste collection kiosk that will spur food waste to energy production in the local community. Previous P3 teams have used their sustainable ideas and gone on to start businesses.


8/30/2016 - LED light meant to improve visibility

DEER PARK, Tex.–Equipment provider Marco Group International has announced the release of a new lighting tool for use in abrasive blasting applications. The new Blastmaster 308 Series LED Hose-Mounted Light is designed to provide a crisp light to illuminate the area being abrasive blasted and give the operator better visibility of the work surface. Designed to be used with multiple power sources, the LED light is said to be ideal for a wide range of applications, including blast rooms, blast yards, storage tanks, and more.

The three-LED module design produces a 45-inch, round pattern of bright white light at 18 inches from the surface. The brightness created is similar to that of daylight. The light includes an abrasion-resistant urethane body that weighs only 11 ounces, which is meant to minimize additional weight on the blast hose that could lead to operator fatigue. The shatter-resistant borosilicate lens was designed to protect the long-lasting LED module.


8/29/2016 - Coating detects unseen structural damage

CHAMPAIGN, Ill.–Researchers at the University of Illinois are developing a new polymer coating meant to deliver a clear indication of structural damage so small that it would otherwise be undetectable to the naked eye yet still capable of catastrophic failure. When those structural materials suffer even the slightest damage, the coating changes color to alert inspectors to the problem. Potential applications include airplanes, bridges, and pipelines.

The research team is led by Illinois professor of materials science and engineering Nancy Sottos, aerospace engineering professor Scott White, and postdoctoral researcher Wenle Li. Their findings were published in a paper titled “Autonomous Indication of Mechanical Damage in Polymeric Coatings” in the scientific journal Advanced Materials.

In the lab, the scientists placed microcapsules filled with a yellow pH-sensitive dye in an epoxy resin. A crack, scratch, fracture, or any kind of stress on the material would break the capsule and release the dye. When the dye reacted with the epoxy, an unmistakable color change occurred–the dye changed from light yellow to a bright red. A crack as small as 10 micrometers is enough to cause the color change, indicating a loss of structural integrity. This helps to assess the extent of the damage, as a deeper abrasion or crack will break open more microcapsules, leading to a more intense red.

Detecting damage before significant corrosion or other problems can occur provides increased safety and reliability for coated structures and composites. Testing showed that the coating is effective on a variety of materials, including metals, polymers, and glasses. The coating also possesses long-term stability and offers a low-cost solution to preventing structural failures.

The research team is now turning its attention to finding additional applications for its “damage indication system.” Possibilities include applying it to fiber-reinforced composites and integrating it with the group's previous work in self-healing systems.


8/25/2016 - Theme park faces paint shop fines

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Paint shop employees at a Connecticut theme park allegedly were exposed to chemical, burn, and respiratory hazards, according to a recent statement from the federal agency that oversees worker safety. The Lake Compounce Family Theme Park in Bristol, Conn., faces $70,000 in fines for 18 serious violations found during an inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The agency also issued one other-than-serious violation without issuing a corresponding fine.

In addition to allegedly exposing workers to spray coatings without proper protection, the theme park also allegedly allowed those workers to handle caustic chemicals improperly. These conditions exposed them to serious burn, fire, chemical burn, electric shock, and eye, face, and hand injuries.

Lake Compounce was founded in 1846 and is one of the oldest, continuously operating theme parks in the US. Data on OSHA's website indicates that the theme park has previously been under inspection. In 2001, a fatality occurred when a maintenance worker who was cutting grass was killed when one of the roller coasters allegedly malfunctioned. In the investigation following the fatality, OSHA issued 24 serious violations and seven other-than-serious violations with fines totaling $29,000. The park settled with OSHA for at least one of the violations being dismissed and a reduced penalty of $14,500. An inspection in 2008 resulted in the theme park paying reduced fines related to three serious fall violations. In 2011, a third inspection resulted in no citations.


8/24/2016 - Axalta acquires Dura Coat Products, earns lab accreditation

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.–Axalta Coating Systems LLC, a leading global supplier of powder and liquid coatings, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Dura Coat Products, a prominent manufacturer of coatings for metal coil and related markets in North America. Axalta will purchase a majority stake in Dura Coat at the closing, which is expected to occur in the third quarter of 2016, and the remaining outstanding shares by January 2019. The acquisition is subject to required regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

In addition, Axalta has earned accreditation by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). A2LA awarded ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation to Axalta's Houston Technical Services Laboratory. ISO/IEC 17025 is the main ISO standard used by testing and calibration laboratories. Labs must hold accreditation for this standard in order to be deemed technically competent. Axalta also holds A2LA accreditation at its Coatings Technology Center in Wilmington, Dela., as well as its laboratory in Mt. Clemens, Mich. A2LA is the largest US-based, multidiscipline accreditation body.


8/22/2016 - Tool estimates respirator cartridge life

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the US federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness, has revised its computer tool for calculating the service life of air-purifying respirator cartridges.

MultiVapor is a desktop software application for estimating breakthrough times and service lives of air-purifying respirator cartridges manufactured to remove toxic organic vapors from breathed air. A breakthrough time is the time following the first and continuous use of a cartridge after which the user of the cartridge could be exposed to a selected concentration of a harmful vapor. This is the consequence of the cartridge being used up. Service life is the breakthrough time with a safety factor applied. The MultiVapor tool can also be used for larger filters and for carbon beds of any size prepared for lab studies.

Updated in January 2016, MultiVapor 2.2.4 has 66 new compounds in its library, including toluene diisocyanate (TDI), methyl dipphenylene isocyanate (MDI) and Styrene. In addition, the typical organic vapor (OV) cartridge parameters are now more representative of commonly used cartridges. They were obtained by averaging three popular cartridge parameters. The tool is intended to help personnel set changeout schedules, but is not a substitute for regulatory requirements or professional judgments.


8/18/2016 - Dow to reduce acrylate capacity by 20 percent

MIDLAND, Mich.–Multinational chemical corporation The Dow Chemical Co. has announced that its Dow Performance Monomers business unit will be reducing acrylate capacity by 20 percent at its Deer Park Operations in Deer Park, Tex. Acrylates are used in a variety of applications, including adhesives, coatings, inks, plastics, and superabsorbent products.

In addition to the shutdown of acrylic capacity, other actions are being undertaken to address current market conditions. The company plans to optimize turnaround and structural costs and will explore co-producer supply agreements. Dow expects these actions will have an impact on both near- and long-term business.


8/17/2016 - IFS Coatings launches new architectural color card

GAINESVILLE, Tex.–IFS Coatings has launched a new architectural color card that features 26 colors, including 13 solid shades, 7 sparkling metallics, and 6 anodic style effects. Each color is available in AAMA-compliant technology: IFS 300SP complies with AAMA 2603, IFS 400SD complies with AAMA 2604, and IFS 500FP meets and exceeds the performance requirements of AAMA 2605. The 26 architectural coatings are standard, but the company also allows architects and designers to craft custom colors to match a color or create a unique hue.


8/16/2016 - PPG launches coatings R&D hub

PITTSBURGH, Pa.–PPG Industries has unveiled its newly completed research and development facility in Allison Park, Pa., which is just outside of Pittsburgh, home to its global headquarters. The new Coatings Innovation Center (CIC) represents a $7.8 million investment into science and technology activities. Upgrades to the facility include increased lab and testing space as well as equipment improvements that expand the company's technical capabilities in R&D for paint and coatings.

The facility improvements are meant to enhance PPG's resources for creating and testing sealants, adhesives, and pretreatment solutions; simulating the environments where customers use its automotive and industrial paints and coatings; and training distributors, painters, and collision-repair professionals to successfully use the company's automotive refinish coatings.

The renovated coatings application center provides two robotic spray booths with environmental controls for variable temperature, humidity, and airflow. Space has been converted to labs for synthesis, adhesives and sealants, and pretreatment solutions. A renovated 9,000-square-foot automotive refinish training center now provides two new spray booths, a prep station, upgraded equipment, and two large classrooms.


8/15/2016 - OSHA withdraws long-planned rule to reduce slips, trips, and falls

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has withdrawn its draft Final Rule to update existing regulations aimed at preventing slips, trips, and falls in the workplace from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review. OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), the White House gatekeeper for rules with significant economic impact, reported in late December that OSHA had pulled the rule from OIRA pending further consideration by the agency.

The “Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (Slips, Trips, and Fall Prevention)” rule proposal was first issued in 1990. Eventually, based at least in part on public comments submitted in response to the 1990 proposal, OSHA published a notice to reopen the rulemaking for a second round of public comment in May 2003. However, because advancements in fall protection technology had far outpaced OSHA's rulemaking process, the agency concluded that its proposal was out of date and did not reflect current industry practice or technology.

In May of 2010, OSHA issued a reiteration of the proposal that reflected current information and increased consistency with other OSHA standards. OSHA held administrative hearings in January 2011 on the revised proposal. Then, in 2015, OSHA indicated that the rule was a top priority and they were on the cusp of finalizing and promulgating a final rule designed to update the requirements to protect against falls in the workplace. Only a month later, OSHA halted the review process.

Industry professionals speculate that, as important as fall protection is, promulgation of the silica rule and the rule requiring electronic submission of injury and illness data are more important at this time.


8/12/2016 - IMTS 2016 will once again showcase emerging technologies

MCLEAN, Va.–AMT-Association For Manufacturing Technology will feature additive manufacturing, smart manufacturing, and integrated energies in its Emerging Technology Center (ETC) at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), to be held September 12-17, 2016, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.

AMT created the ETC, which debuted at IMTS 2004, as a showcase for current and near-future state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies. Premier exhibits at IMTS 2016 include three proof of concept additive manufacturing (3D-printed) displays: the additive bionic human, the AMIE project, and a new app that tracks and provides users with the latest technology advancements. The ETC showcases projects and disruptive technologies that were previously known to only a few, challenging preconceived notions of how manufacturing performs at its best.


8/11/2016 - OSHA delays effective date for enforcing anti-retaliation section of injury tracking rule

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is delaying enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its new injury and illness tracking rule to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. Originally scheduled to begin August 10, 2016, enforcement will now begin November 1, 2016.

Under the new “Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” OSHA is applying the insights of behavioral economics to improve workplace safety and prevent injuries and illnesses. Employers are required to inform workers of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation; implement procedures for reporting injuries and illnesses that are reasonable and do not deter workers from reporting; and employers are prohibited from retaliating against workers for reporting injuries and illnesses.


8/10/2016 - IHEA to offer several training opportunities this Fall

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.–This Fall, the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) will be offering the 47th Combustion Seminar, the Safety Standards Seminar, and the revised Induction Seminar. The concurrent seminars will be held September 19-20 at the Cincinnati Marriott RiverCenter in Covington, Ky. A joint Tabletop Exhibition & Reception will also be held on Monday, September 19. The tabletop exhibition will feature companies from all the technologies represented throughout the three seminars.

The Annual Combustion Seminar has been the leading educational opportunity for those in the industry for more than four decades. Attendees receive valuable instruction from experts in combustion technologies. The seminar is designed to provide current and relevant information for those responsible for the operation, design, selection and/or maintenance of fuel-fired industrial process furnaces and ovens. The 2-day class consists of 18 sessions which are led by knowledgeable speakers from IHEA member companies. Topics include air-gas premixing, applications, burners, controls, flame supervision, gas flow measurement, infrared heating, metering, troubleshooting, and more.

IHEA's comprehensive Safety Standards Seminar provides critical safety information for those involved with the design, manufacture, service, or operation of ovens, furnaces, kilns, dryers, thermal oxidizers, and a wide range of industrial applications. Speakers will highlight and discuss changes in the NFPA 86 standard that was released in Fall 2015. Attendees will be able to learn about these important changes to the standard and how they can affect their operation. Seminar speakers have a first-hand working knowledge in the development of the standard.

In conjunction with its newly developed Induction Division, IHEA has revised the Induction Seminar to provide a complete understanding of the technology. During this one-day seminar on Monday, September 19, attendees will learn about the basics of induction technology; equipment needed for an induction operation; induction processes, applications and markets; advantages of induction for improving plant operations; and what is needed to set up an induction operation. Seminar speakers are leaders in the induction industry.

In addition, IHEA's Fall Business Conference follows the seminars. The Association holds this conference each Fall for the purpose of bringing together IHEA member company representatives to conduct committee meetings and focus on IHEA's mission.

For more information on the seminars and to register, visit www.ihea.org and click on the Events tab.


8/8/2016 - ACA honors industry leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Members of the American Coatings Association (ACA) have recognized several industry leaders with awards for their decades of service, innovative ideas, and achievements. Christopher M. Connor, The Sherwin-Williams Co., received the George Baugh Heckel Award, the ACA's highest honor, in recognition of his leadership efforts on behalf of the association and the industry. Sandra Chapman, The Sherwin-Williams Co., was presented with the ACA Industry Excellence Award, which recognizes individuals who have given many years of service to the industry.

Four industry members received ACA's Industry Achievement Awards, given in recognition of specific contributions to the paint and coatings industry. The honorees were: Scott Thomas, The Sherwin-Williams Co.; Doug Mazeffa, The Sherwin-Williams Co.; Phil Brondsema, Celanese Corp.; and Wayne Fast, retired from PPG. In addition, three industry members received ACA's Industry Statesmen Awards, which honors individuals at or near retirement for service to the industry. The honorees were: Charles Bunch, PPG; Peter Longo, retired from California Products Corp.; and Joseph Tashjian, Ellis Paint Co. ACA is a nonprofit trade association representing paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, distributors, and technical professionals.


8/4/2016 - SSPC announces election results

PITTSBURGH, Pa.–SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced the results of its 2016 election process. Ross Boyd, TruQC LLC, and Mana H. Al-Mansour, Saudi Aramco, were voted into the two open positions on the Board of Governors. Joseph Walker, Elcometer Inc., and Joyce Wright, Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding, were both reelected by the membership for the two incumbent positions on the ballot. Terms for the new board members will begin July 1.


8/2/2016 - Axalta appoints board member

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.–Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global provider of liquid and powder coatings, has appointed Mark Garrett to its Board of Directors. Garrett is chairman of the executive committee and chief executive of Borealis AG, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals, and fertilizers with headquarters in Vienna, Austria.


8/1/2016 - Courses: September 2016

September 13: Practical Course on Viscosity Measurement. Denver, Colo. Also offered September 15 in Kansas City, Mo., and September 22 in Middleboro, Mass. Offered by Brookfield AMETEK. Contact Brookfield at 800/628-8139; fax 508/946-6262; www.brookfieldengineering.com.

September 27-28: Powder Coating 202 “Optimizing Your Powder Operation Workshop & Lab.” Gema's facility, Indianapolis, Ind. Sponsored by the Powder Coating Institute (PCI). Contact Kelly LeCount at 859/525-9988; kelly@goyermgt.com; www.powdercoating.org.


7/29/2016 - OSHA issues final rule on workplace injuries, illnesses

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public, and OSHA about workplace hazards. With this new rule, OSHA is applying the insights of behavioral economics to improve workplace safety and prevent injuries and illnesses.

OSHA requires many employers to keep a record of injuries and illnesses to help these employers and their employees identify hazards, fix problems, and prevent additional injuries and illnesses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports more than 3 million workers suffer a workplace injury or illness every year. Currently, little or no information about worker injuries and illnesses at individual employers is made public or available to OSHA.

Under the new Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, employers in high-hazard industries will send OSHA injury and illness data that the employers are already required to collect for posting on the agency's website. The availability of this data will enable prospective employees to identify workplaces where their risk of injury is lowest. As a result, employers competing to hire the best workers will make injury prevention a higher priority. Access to this data will also enable employers to benchmark their safety and health performance against industry leaders to improve their own safety programs.

Under the new rule, all establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation must electronically submit to OSHA injury and illness information from OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301. Establishments with 20-249 employees in certain industries must electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A only.

To ensure that the injury data on OSHA logs are accurate and complete, the final rule also promotes an employee's right to report injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation, and clarifies that an employer must have a reasonable procedure for reporting work-related injuries that does not discourage employees from reporting. This aspect of the rule targets employer programs and policies that, while nominally promoting safety, have the effect of discouraging workers from reporting injuries and, in turn, leading to incomplete or inaccurate records of workplace hazards.

The new requirements take effect August 10, 2016, with phased-in data submissions beginning in 2017. These requirements do not add to or change an employer's obligation to complete and retain injury and illness records under the Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses regulation.

Opponents of the rule, which was first proposed in 2013, say the measure will have unintended consequences that will negatively impact the American business community. Further, they claim the federal agency has overstepped its authority to publish such employer records, which previously remained confidential.

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