News Update

1/22/2015 - ATEK renames business unit

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa—ATEK Companies has announced that it has renamed ATEK Precision Castings as ATEK Metal Technologies. The new name reflects ATEK Metal Technologies' expertise and leadership in supplying world-class cast aluminum parts and assemblies. As part of the rebranding initiative, ATEK Metal Technologies has a new website, www.atekmetaltechnologies.com. The company is a technology-leading manufacturer of aluminum castings and a single-source supplier for powder coating, finish machining, assembly, and plating.


1/21/2015 - Evonik increases prices

ESSEN, Germany—The Inorganic Materials Business Unit of Evonik Industries has raised the prices for its silica products, metal oxides, and matting agents. The fumed silica and metal oxides are sold under the brand names AEROSIL and AEROXIDE; the precipitated silica are sold under the brand names ULTRASIL, SIPERNAT, SIDENT, and ACEMATT. The prices were increased by up to eight percent or as contracts allowed. This measure was needed to secure sustainable supply. Evonik Industries AG is a global leader in specialty chemicals.


1/20/2015 - OSHA cites abrasives maker for 10th case

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Fourteen months after resolving numerous federal health and safety violations at its plant in Harvey, La., US Minerals is facing a fresh round of citations at the facility from the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The citations come 2 months after OSHA issued a second round of citations and $195,470 in fines involving the company's plant in Baldwin, Ill. And both cases come just a year after the abrasives and roofing materials maker resolved eight OSHA cases involving multiple plants with a fine of $700,000.

The new case details one repeat and seven serious violations and proposes fines totaling $77,770. The allegations include lack of noise protection, training lapses, and lockout/tagout violations. The citations were issued after inspections of the Harvey plant in September and October 2013. US Minerals has disputed the allegations.

US Minerals, Dyer, Ind., is one of the largest US producers of coal slag products. The company produces Black Magnum coal slag and Black Diamond iron silicate abrasives, roofing granules, and fill.


1/15/2015 - GKN Driveline to create 105 jobs in Lee County, N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C.—Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker have announced that GKN Driveline will open a service center in Lee County and expand manufacturing at its Alamance facility. The company plans to create 105 new jobs in North Carolina by the end of 2016 and invest more than $18 million in this expansion.

GKN Driveline, Detroit, Mich., is the world's leading supplier of automotive driveline components and systems, serving global vehicle manufacturers. The company is a leading producer of constant-velocity joint (CVJ) systems, AWD systems, transaxle solutions and eDrive systems. The company is renewing a former GKN facility in Sanford, N.C., to create a service center with 105 new jobs. Compensation for the new positions will vary by job function, but the average annual salary will be $39,048, plus a robust benefits package, including health, retirement, and vacation time. The average annual wage in Lee County is $37,066.

The project was made possible in part by an award to GKN Driveline from the state Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program, as voted by the state Economic Investment Committee. Receipt of the award is based on proof of job creation and other performance requirements. JDIGs are awarded only to new and expanding businesses and industrial projects whose benefits exceed the costs to the state, and which would not be undertaken in North Carolina without the grant.


1/14/2015 - CCAI releases new online training videos

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) has released a variety of educational training videos that can be accessed anytime from anywhere. Found on CCAI TV through CCAI's website at www.ccaiweb.com, the library of videos offers educational presentations from industry experts that run an average of 20 to 40 minutes in length. Designed to give information and provide an understanding of many finishing technologies, more than 20 videos offer a low-cost educational tool for those in the industry. Additional videos will be added to the video library frequently.

Online videos can be rented for a 30-day period on an individual basis or in a package collection. There are currently three packages available, containing multiple videos at a larger discount than individual viewing. Current collections include: Building Blocks of Powder Coating, Español Educación, Finishing Essentials, and Efficient Curing with Infrared. Fees to access individual videos are $30 for CCAI members or $49 for nonmembers. Video collection access is $79 for CCAI members or $99 for nonmembers. Become a CCAI member today and save on your video training. CCAI individual memberships are just $95 per year and include a membership to the chapter of your choice.

In addition, a series of free videos are also available from CCAI's corporate members. These free videos include KMI Systems' Turn-Key Finishing Systems, IntelliFinishing's Shuttle and how it works, Midwest Finishing's video on “The Midwest Difference,” Nordson's Purple Up Close, and TTX's Finishing System Overview. These videos contain valuable information for all finishers.


1/13/2015 - AkzoNobel revamps Performance Coatings business

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—AkzoNobel, a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, has announced plans to slim down and retool its sprawling Performance Coatings business, one of the company's three major divisions. Performance Coatings, which has about 22,000 employees in 60 countries, will reduce the number of global management layers and reorganize into seven market units. The seven new units, which will focus on specific customer segments and technologies, will be: Marine Coatings, Metal Coatings, Powder Coatings, Protective Coatings, Specialty Coatings, Vehicle Refinishes, and Wood Coatings. The costs associated with this reorganization are approximately $328 million.


1/12/2015 - Courses: February 2015

Feb. 2-6: Polymers and Coatings Winter Short Course. Kenneth N. Edwards Western Coatings Technology Center, San Luis Obispo, Calif. Sponsored by the Polymers and Coatings Program of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of the College of Science and Mathematics at California Polytechnic State University. Contact Ray Fernando at 805/756-2395; pandc@calpoly.edu; www.polymerscoatings.calpoly.edu.

Feb. 3-4: 10,000 Lakes Corrosion Control Seminar. Mystic Lake Hotel and Conference Center, Prior Lake, Minn. Sponsored by NACE International. Contact Jennifer Sweney at 763/784-9144; fax 281/228-6300; jsweney@generalcorrosioncorp.com; www.nace.org.

Feb. 11-12: Liberty Bell Corrosion Course. Williamson's Banquet Hall, Horsham, Pa. Sponsored by NACE International. Contact Dave Krause at 610/868-9352; fax 281/228-6300; corban598@outlook.com; www.nace.org.

Feb. 24-26: 54th Annual Underground Corrosion Short Course. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. Sponsored by NACE International. Contact Ray Bingman at 812/568-5236; fax 281/228-6300; erbingman@vectren.com; www.nace.org.


1/9/2015 - Axalta invests millions in Mexican resins facility

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has committed to investing $10.5 million in Tlalnepantla, Mexico, to expand capacity to produce resins used in the manufacture of transportation coatings. The investment will enhance and expand the capability of the Tlalnepantla operations center, one of three manufacturing locations for Axalta in Mexico and headquarters of the company's businesses in Latin America. The resin facility will use manufacturing technology designed to improve operational efficiencies, reduce waste, and further reduce the company's environmental footprint from manufacturing operations. The Tlalnepantla facility already manufactures coatings for some of the largest global automotive OEM and heavy-duty truck manufacturers, as well as the company's refinish brands.


1/7/2015 - Pneu-Mech Systems moves to new headquarters

CLAREMONT, N.C.—Pneu-Mech Systems MFG LLC is pleased to announce the move into a new corporate headquarters location in Claremont, N.C. In an effort to adapt to additional sales and product offering growth, the move has become necessary to better serve its customers. In addition, the company has added Leif Josefsson as VP of engineering and product design. Josefsson has more than 40 years of paint finishing design experience. Pneu-Mech Systems manufactures paint finishing systems and equipment for metal, plastics, wood, and composite materials.


1/6/2015 - Audi uses energy-saving Dürr technology to paint in Mexico

BIETIGHEIM, Germany—Plant manufacturer Dürr is supporting its customer Audi in the construction of a resource-saving production plant in Mexico. As the general contractor, Dürr will build one of the world's most environmentally friendly paint shops at the site in San José Chiapa, Mexico. The Eco+Paintshop will ensure that all interfaces and processes are efficient, from pretreatment via e-coating to spray booths to the ovens.

Audi commissioned this shop in December 2013. Cars will roll off the production line starting mid-2016. Dürr is a mechanical and plant engineering group that holds leading positions in the global automotive, aircraft, machinery, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries.


1/5/2015 - US EPA funds nanomaterials research

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The federal government has put nearly $10 million into examining the environmental impact of science's fastest-growing field: nanomaterials. The goal is to understand the impact of nanomaterials throughout their life cycle, from design to disposal.

Nanotechnology generally refers to engineered structures, devices, and systems between 1 and 100 nanometers long. The engineered nanomaterials can take on unique optical, magnetic, electrical, and other properties. Many of technology's burgeoning first generation of products, including building materials, paints, and coatings, are composed of engineered nanoparticles, such as metal oxides, nanotubes, nanowires, quantum dots, and carbon fullerenes.

The US Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $5 million grant to Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz., and a $4.9 million grant to the University of California, Santa Barbara, Calif. The EPA grants reflect concern that the development of these promising materials may be moving too quickly for due examination of their risks.

The research at Arizona State University and UC Santa Barbara is expected to help minimize some of these risks and enable the design of safer products. Arizona State's research will focus on the tradeoffs between using nanomaterials to improve the functionality of consumer products and the potential risks to humans and the environment. The research proposed will address the knowledge gaps that prevent the safe development of nanoenabled products, and has the potential to improve design and processes of products with nanomaterials.

UC Santa Barbara will use its funds to develop an open-access, online tool to evaluate lifecycle impacts for chemicals and materials at an early stage of the chemical product development process—when the precise manufacturing routes and fates of the products are still uncertain.


1/2/2015 - New powder additive helps scratched military vehicles heal themselves

ARLINGTON, Va.—A new powder that can be added to commercial off-the-shelf paint primers is helping scratched military vehicles heal themselves before corrosion starts, US Navy developers say. Developed by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the additive allows the vehicles to “heal like human skin” before the effects of corrosion reach the metal underneath, according to an announcement by ONR, which provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps' technological advantage.

The additive, called polyfibroblast, could benefit a variety of vehicles. From rainstorms to sunlight, tactical vehicles face constant corrosion threats from the elements. Corrosion costs the US Navy about $7 billion each year, including about $500 million for corrosion to Marine Corps ground vehicles, according to the most recent Department of Defense reports. This technology could cut maintenance costs and, more importantly, it could increase the time vehicles are out in the field.

Vehicles transported and stored on ships also are subject to salt spray from the ocean—a leading cause of problems for military hardware. In one laboratory experiment, polyfibroblast showed it could prevent rusting for 6 weeks inside a chamber filled with salt fog, the Navy said. While many self-healing paints are designed for cosmetic purposes, polyfibroblast is being engineered specifically for tactical vehicles used in a variety of harsh environments, developers say.

Polyfibroblast is a powder made up of microscopic polymer spheres filled with an oily liquid. When scratched, resin from the broken capsules forms a waxy, water-repellant coating across the exposed steel that protects against corrosion. Development of polyfibroblast began in 2008.


12/31/2014 - Applied Plastics celebrates 60 years in business

NORWOOD, Mass.—Applied Plastics Co. Inc., one of the original licensed applicators of DuPont Teflon finishes in the country, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Founded in 1954 by Frank Ring, the firm specializes in supplying hypotubes and forming mandrels to medical manufacturers and in applying DuPont Teflon finishes and other functional coatings for other industries by using many different methods, depending upon the application. Applied Plastics, a family-owned business, is in the process of constructing an additional 20,000 sq. ft. facility in order to remain highly responsive to their customers while accommodating growth.


12/30/2014 - PaintExpo registers strong growth in number of exhibitors, visitors

OBERBOIHINGEN, Germany—With a respective growth of over 14 percent, PaintExpo, the 5th leading international trade fair for industrial coating technology, reached new records regarding the number of exhibitors and visitors. However, PaintExpo didn't just score on quantity but also quality. The 9,167 visitors from 70 different countries came with targeted requests and concrete projects and orders. PaintExpo is a global information and procurement platform for industrial coating technology. The event is organized by FairFair GmbH. The next PaintExpo will be held in Karlsruhe, Germany, in April 2016.


12/29/2014 - EPA scientist receives prestigious award

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Dr. Steven Thomas Purucker of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been honored as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the US government to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Purucker is a research ecologist in EPA's National Exposure Research Laboratory in Athens, Ga. He received the PECASE award for his exceptional innovation and initiative in creating modeling applications that help decision-makers and scientists conduct chemical risk assessments that are important for protecting human health and the environment. His research involves updating mathematical models that are used to predict environmental exposures and effects. These models are relied on as part of EPA's pesticide registration process, which must be completed before a pesticide can be sold or distributed in the US.

Purucker is joined by 101 researchers across the federal government who are also receiving PECASE awards this year. The awards, established by President Clinton in 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach. More information can be found at www.epa.gov/research.


12/23/2014 - Sirrus develops new chemistry platform for coatings

CINCINNATI, Ohio—Sirrus, a manufacturer of high-performance monomers, has successfully developed a new chemistry platform that promises to transform a range of adhesive, coating, printing, and resin applications for the automotive, building and construction, packaging, electronics, and other industries.

The company's 1,1-disubstituted alkene monomer technology, and the combination of properties it enables, has been launched under the trade name Chemilian. The monomers, when formulated with other components, facilitate a variety of game-changing product and process improvements. Chemilian-enabled adhesive, coatings, and inks do not require external energy sources such as ovens or solvents to activate, simplifying production and saving money. They cure ambiently and bond in minutes, saving time. The resulting products can deliver superior chemical and temperature resistance, low odor, optical clarity, and no blooming, all while meeting the demand for environmental suitability.


12/22/2014 - Texas chemical plant agrees to cut harmful air pollution

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Department of Justice and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced that Flint Hills Resources has agreed to implement innovative technologies to control harmful air pollution from industrial flares and leaking equipment at the company's chemical plant in Port Arthur, Tex. This settlement is part of EPA's national effort to advance environmental justice by protecting communities such as Port Arthur that have been disproportionately impacted by pollution.

The settlement requires Flint Hills to operate state-of-the-art equipment to recover and recycle waste gases and to ensure that gases sent to flares are burned with 98 percent efficiency. The company has spent approximately $16 million to implement these required controls on industrial flares. The company is also required to pay a $350,000 penalty for Clean Air Act violations.

The EPA estimates that the settlement will reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including benzene and other hazardous air pollutants, by an estimated 1,880 tons per year, and will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by approximately 69,000 tons per year.

When the agreement is fully implemented, the company estimates it will spend $28 million to reduce fugitive pollutant emissions that may leak from valves, pumps, and other equipment. The company must monitor leaks more frequently, implement more aggressive repair practices, adopt innovative new practices designed to prevent leaks, and replace valves with new low emissions valves or use packing material to reduce leaks. To further mitigate pollution impacting the community, the company will spend $2 million on a diesel retrofit or replacement project that is estimated to reduce nitrogen oxides and particulate matter by a combined 85 tons, in addition to 39 tons of carbon monoxide, over the next 15 years. The company will also spend $350,000 to purchase and install technologies to reduce energy demand in low-income homes.


12/19/2014 - OSHA publishes bulletin on recordkeeping requirements

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new educational bulletin for staffing agencies and host employers on current requirements for recording injuries and illnesses of temporary workers. The new Recordkeeping Bulletin addresses how to identify which employer is responsible for recording these work-related injuries and illnesses on the OSHA 300 log.

The bulletin is part of OSHA's Temporary Worker Initiative, which is an agency-wide concerted effort that uses enforcement, outreach, and training to assure that temporary workers are protected in their workplaces. In recent months, OSHA has received and investigated many reports of temporary workers suffering serious or fatal injuries, many of which occur within their first week on the job. OSHA's initiative was launched to raise awareness and compliance with requirements that temporary workers receive the same training and protection that existing workers receive.

This is the first in a series of guidance documents that will be released to support the initiative to raise awareness about compliance with OSHA requirements for temporary workers. For more info, visit www.osha.gov/recordkeeping.


12/18/2014 - Surface application manufacturer to create 30 jobs in McDowell County

RALEIGH, N.C.—Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker have announced that XO.STEEL LLC is locating its manufacturing operations in McDowell County. The company plans to create 30 new jobs and invest $350,000 over the next 3 years in Old Fort, N.C.

XO.STEEL LLC will produce an advanced surface application that prevents corrosion and protects mild steel. Raw material will be processed, manufactured, palletized, and shipped to end users globally. The company has initial plans to construct an 8,000 square foot manufacturing facility with expansion options to ultimately increase the facility to more than 24,000 square feet. Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $37,067 plus benefits. The McDowell County average annual wage is $30,576.

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $90,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches. Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, McDowell Technical Community College, McDowell County, and the McDowell Economic Development Association Inc.


12/17/2014 - Courses: January 2015

Jan. 13-14: 45th Annual Northern Plains Corrosion Control Short Course. Embassy Suites, La Vista, Nebr. Sponsored by NACE International. Contact John Gormley at 402/398-7494; fax 281/228-6300; john.gormley@nngco.com; www.nace.org.

Jan. 20-23: Rocky Mountain Short Course and Rectifier Class. Colorado Springs, Colo. Sponsored by NACE International. Contact Candy Balerio at 303/307-1447; fax 281/228-6300; cbalerio@farwestcorrosion.com; www.nace.org.


12/15/2014 - Industry mourns KTA executive

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—The coatings industry is mourning the loss of KTA-Tator Inc. vice president Scott B. Rice, who died September 9, 2014, in a traffic accident near Pittsburgh. Rice was vice president and corporate business development manager of KTA. His wife, Cindy Rice, KTA steel group business development and project manager, was injured in the accident.

“Scott has worked in the coatings industry for over 30 years,” said KTA president Kenneth Trimber. “Those at KTA who had the pleasure of working with Scott for over 20 years have lost a very dear friend. He was very active in both NACE and SSPC and was a well-known and respected professional. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.”


12/11/2014 - Crown Group plant earns partner level from John Deere

WARREN, Mich.—The Crown Group Waterloo Plant has earned recognition as a partner-level supplier in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The company supplies coating services to John Deere's Tractor Cab and Assembly Operations in Waterloo, Iowa. The partner-level status is Deere & Company's highest supplier rating. The Crown Group was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement.


12/10/2014 - ASTM International develops new coatings standard

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.—An ASTM subcommittee is developing a proposed standard to test the slip coefficient properties of coatings used in slip-critical bolted connections.

The test is based on an appendix in the “Specification for Structural Joints Using High-Strength Bolts,” published by the Research Council on Structural Connections (RCSC). RCSC is a nonprofit, volunteer organization comprised of experts in the fields of structural steel connection design, fabrication, erection, and bolting. Research projects funded by the RCSC serve to provide safety, reliability, and standard practice for the steel construction industry.

“ASTM WK45390, Test Method for Slip Coefficient and Tension Creep Testing of Coatings Used in Slip Critical Bolted Connections, is being developed by Subcommittee D01.46 on Industrial Protective Coatings, part of ASTM International Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials, and Applications. The proposed ASTM standard will expand on the RCSC standard by describing the preparation of test specimens in detail and by conducting an interlaboratory study that will allow for the inclusion of precision and bias statement.

Once approved, the standard will be used by coating manufacturers, testing laboratories, and bridge/building designers. Manufacturers will have their coatings tested according to the standard while laboratories will use it to properly prepare coated test plates and generate reliable test data.


12/9/2014 - Plan to target toxic chemicals creates debate

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Industry manufacturers are objecting to a California plan that would target toxic chemicals used in paint stripper and spray polyurethane foam. Paint strippers containing methylene chloride and spray polyurethane foam (SPF) systems containing unreacted (uncured) diisocyanates are two of the three products newly targeted by the state's Department of Toxic Substances (DTSC).

The first-ever draft Priority Products list is aimed at consumer goods that each contain at least one toxic chemical with the potential to significantly harm people or the environment, DTSC announced. But associations representing the products' manufacturers say federal agencies have already taken steps to warn about the dangers the chemicals pose and ensure their safe use. Methylene chloride is a known carcinogen and neurotoxin that has been linked to multiple deaths; diisocyanates can irritate the respiratory tract, cause asthma and cancer, and are known skin irritants.

The American Coatings Association (ACA) has called the regulations burdensome and problematic for those involved in the regulated community. ACA says it will work with its members to address issues created by the DTSC initiative. The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) has also stated its disappointment in the draft list, saying it has collaborated with federal agencies over the last 5 years on the safe use of spray foam ingredients and systems. Other agencies expressing concern include the American Chemistry Council and the Consumer Specialty Products Association.

“This is not a ban. We are starting a conversation with manufacturers,” said Debbie Raphael, DTSC director. Raphael said the agency is “signaling to manufacturers to examine their products and find safer alternative ingredients.” DTSC says it could take up to 2 years to finalize the initial Priority Products list, which isn't official until the rulemaking process is complete. That process won't begin until late 2014 and could take up to a year to complete.

Once the list is finalized, manufacturers will have to notify the state if they make a product containing one of the named chemicals, followed by conducting an Alternatives Analysis to determine if safer ingredients are available and feasible. DTSC will then use the findings to determine if there should be a regulatory response. Regulators expect to analyze and make rulings on three to five products per year.

Making the list doesn't equate to being taken off the market, but it does represent the first set of product-chemical combinations DTSC will consider regulating under the Safer Consumer Products regulations.


12/4/2014 - OSHA cites Houston company for 8 willful violations

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Following an incident where a machine operator's arms were crushed, the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Custom Rubber Products LLC with eight willful, egregious violations. The company created a dangerous work environment by failing to guard machines, which exposed workers to life-threatening hazards. Proposed penalties for the Houston facility total $560,000.

OSHA began the inspection in response to a complaint that a worker was severely injured while operating an unguarded machine. During the inspection, OSHA became aware of two other incidents that occurred previously at the facility; both involved severe injuries to employees while operating similar machinery.

The eight willful violations, with a penalty of $560,000, were cited for failing to provide one or more methods of machine guarding to protect the operator and other workers in the machine area from hazards created by rotating parts while operating seven manual lathes and other equipment. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing, or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

Custom Rubber Products, owned by Paris-based Flexitallic Group, employs about 280 workers and manufactures products for the oil and gas industry. The employer has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to respond.


12/2/2014 - EPA releases decontamination project results

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with federal partners, has announced the results of a multi-year project called Bio-Response Operational Testing and Evaluation (BOTE) that tested and evaluated decontamination techniques for a biological incident. The EPA plays an important role in helping to prepare and protect the country against chemical, radiological, and biological threats. As part of that role, it is necessary to test decontamination techniques in real-world situations to put the best methods into practice. This project also examined the associated costs of each method and the expense of managing the waste cleanup.

Researchers released Bacillus atropheus, a harmless anthrax substitute that mimics the behavior of biological spores, into a test facility that was modeled on common layouts found in homes and office buildings. Each room included a variety of materials that required decontamination, such as carpet, fabric, and wood. Three decontamination methods were tested in the facility. One method used a pH-adjusted bleach while the other scenarios employed the use of two different fumigants. The study found that the effectiveness of each decontamination method varied based on certain conditions, such as the amount of humidity and temperature in the room. The information gained during this exercise will help guide future decontamination decisions and help to ensure a more effective response to biological incidents.

The BOTE project involved more than 300 participants, including on-scene coordinators from around the US and National Guard Civil Support Teams that may be called in to help in such an incident. Findings have already been used as a guide to help decontaminate other incidents, including decontamination following the 2013 ricin events. The results of this research will help provide state and local leaders, on-scene coordinators, waste managers and others with a guideline for effective decontamination in the event of a biological threat.


12/1/2014 - Poly-Plating recognized by OSHA for safety achievements

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Poly-Plating, located in Chicopee, Mass., is nearing the completion of a two-year exemption of a scheduled Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection as an honored participant in the organization's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). Poly-Plating earned the recognition for “exceptional achievement in the field of occupational safety and health” in May 2012. The recognition is the highest honor bestowed on small businesses by OSHA.

Poly-Plating's record of innovation and environmental stewardship began with the development of Poly-Ond, a dry, durable, and slippery coating that offers a range of unique performance properties unmatched by any other metal plating technology. The exclusive liquid bath process makes a chemical deposition of nickel and phosphorus, impregnated with polymers, on the surface of metals. The company also touts its longstanding record of environmental stewardship, earning a design patent for a groundbreaking diffusion dialysis system that allows for the recycling of large volumes of contaminated acids.

The SHARP recognition is consistent with the company's commitment to quality, service, and safety. SHARP is designed to provide incentives and support to smaller business owners to develop, implement, and constantly improve effective safety and health programs at their worksites. SHARP participation initially grants the business owner up to a two-year exemption from an OSHA scheduled inspection if the worksite continues to protect the safety and health of its workers. After this exemption period is over, the employer may be awarded a renewal of up to three years.


11/26/2014 - SSCT issues call for papers

HATTIESBURG, Miss.<\#209>The Southern Society for Coatings Technology (SSCT) is currently seeking technical speakers for its annual conference. The 2015 SSCT Annual Technical Meeting-Conference will be held April 12-15, 2015, at the Marriott West Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Fla. This year's theme is “Innovation and Sustainability.”

Any interested parties should email Rick Diener, SSCT vice president, at ssctorg@gmail.com. An abstract for the presentation must be submitted in its entirety by December 1, 2014. Abstracts can be submitted via http://ssct.org/speaker-abstract. A biography must also be submitted by December 1, 2014, via http://ssct.org/speaker-biography. Presentations should be 20 to 30 minutes in length.

SSCT will review the presentations solely based on their technical content and contribution. The goal is to have educational technical presentations that improve the understanding of the science of coatings. SSCT aims to challenge traditional methods of formulation as well as solve conventional issues that have plagued formulators utilizing new technologies and approaches.

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