Latest Industry News

CoatingsTech Recognized for Special Issue on Automotive Coatings

July 2, 2018 Industry News
On June 25, the magazine was honored by Association Media & Publishing with a bronze EXCEL Award in the magazine category of Best Single-Topic Issue for CoatingsTech’s February 2017 issue on Automotive Coatings.

Construction Workforce, Especially Specialty Trades, Sees Above Average Wage Increases

June 19, 2018 Industry News
Recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data suggest that construction workers are seeing slightly above average rates of growth in compensation.

OSHA Fixes Error Dating to 2016 Implementation of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Tracking Regulation

May 23, 2018 Industry News
The regulation requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms.

Compliance Date for Amended Prop 65 “Clear and Reasonable Warnings” is August 29

May 8, 2018 Industry News
Under Prop. 65, individuals must provide warnings prior to exposure to a chemical identified by the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive harm. A Prop 65 warning must be “clear and reasonable” under the law, and Article 6 provides safe harbor language that businesses can adopt to ensure compliance and protect them from enforcement.

U.S. EPA’s Nanoreporting Rule Compliance Date Nearing

May 8, 2018 Industry News
The final nano-reporting rule requires a one-time reporting and recordkeeping of existing exposure and health and safety information on nanoscale chemical substances in commerce, and that companies that manufacture (including importing) or process certain chemical substances already in commerce as nanoscale materials notify EPA of certain information. The compliance date is Aug. 14, 2018.

EPA Releases List of 51 Parts of Country that Fall Short of Ozone Standards

May 8, 2018 Industry News
In October 2015, EPA lowered both the primary (health-based) and secondary (welfare-based) NAAQS for ozone from the 2008-set 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb, even though the higher 75 ppb standard was never fully implemented across the country. The 2015-set ozone standard is forcing a significant number of states that are currently “in attainment” to “non-attainment” status.

In Time of Low Overall Unemployment, State Level Data Shows Significant Variance

May 8, 2018 Industry News
The coatings industry is concentrated in states such as Ohio and Illinois, for example, where unemployment is currently higher than average; both states show 4.7 percent unemployment rates as of Q1 2018.

EPA Releases List of Substances Reported under TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Rule

April 25, 2018 Industry News
The Toxic Substances Act (TSCA) requires EPA to designate certain substances as either “active”’ or “inactive” in U.S. commerce.

Canada Publishes Final Amendments to Hazardous Product Regulations

April 25, 2018 Industry News
Canada's WHMIS 2015 (the 2015 update to the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) consists of Canada’s HPA (Hazardous Products Act) and HPR (Hazardous Products Regulations) as amended in 2015 to adopt the 5th Revision of the U.N.’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.

ACA Joins Coalition for Accurate Product Labels

April 25, 2018 Industry News
ACA and its fellow coalition members want federal action to require all federal and state labeling laws adhere to a risk and science based standard that promotes clear and accurate labeling.