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California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) is undertaking its largest product survey initiative to date. In 2014, CARB will conduct a survey of architectural and industrial maintenance (AIM) coatings, consumer and commercial products, and aerosol coatings sold in or supplied to California.

On Aug. 13, OSHA published a request for supplementary information as a follow-up to its proposed rule released on Nov.8, 2013 that amends its recordkeeping regulations to add requirements for the electronic submission of injury and illness information.

On Aug. 9, Health Canada published updated revisions to the Hazardous Products Regulations in Gazette 1, which will implement the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for the Classification and Labeling of Hazardous Chemicals in Canada

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Aug. 18 published in the Federal Register an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to update its Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program.

AkzoNobel has broken ground on its new decorative paints site in Chengdu, China.

PPG Industries has appointed Michael H. McGarry as chief operating officer.

Novomer Inc. has appointed Nordmann, Rassmann GmbH, a distributor of specialty chemicals, as its distributor of polypropylene carbonate (PPC) polyols in Germany.

Axalta Coating Systems will invest $10.5 million in expanded capacity in Tlalnepantla, Mexico.

Benjamin Moore & Co. will open a new distribution center in Oakland, Calif. by early 2015.

Specialty paint and wallpaper stores (NAICS 44412) are a key sales outlet for architectural coatings, along with the more general retailer building material and supply dealer channel (NAICS 4441).

On Aug. 11, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Reverse Logistics — the safe return of goods from the consumer/marketplace to the vendor, manufacturer, or supplier for reuse, recycling, or disposal.

On Aug. 12, the American Coatings Association (ACA) along with eight other trade associations sent a letter to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) petitioning the agency to provide relief from the implementation dates for labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) under the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) for chemical product formulators.

On July 31, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Request for Information (RFI) with proposed modernizations to the Risk Management Programs (RMP) under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

On July 2, Green Seal – a private, third-party product certification company – issued a notice of its intent to revise the performance criteria and expand the scope of its coatings environmental certification standards GS-11 for Paint and Coatings and GS-47 for Stains and Finishes.

On July 31, President Obama signed The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (EO).

PPG Industries is investing approximately $40 million in its coatings manufacturing facility in Sumare, São Paulo, Brazil.

Ashland Specialty Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc., has announced that it will expand capacity at its Natrosol™ hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) production facility in Nanjing, China.

VanDeMark Chemical Inc. of Lockport, N.Y., an independent manufacturer of phosgene and phosgene derivatives in North America, has acquired Framochem Kft, a manufacturer of phosgene products based in Hungary.

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