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OSHA investigation finds workers exposed to lead-based paint while restoring Evanston, Illinois, home Arturo's Painting & Restauration cited for 17 violations; $46,000 in fines proposed
EVANSTON, Ill. – U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors found employees at Arturo's Painting & Restauration Inc. being exposed to dangerous levels of lead-based paint while they manually scraped and power sanded a home exterior in Evanston without personal protective equipment. OSHA initiated an inspection of the company under the National Emphasis Program for Lead, which identified 17 serious safety violations for which the company was cited.
The May 19, 2014, inspection resulted in proposed penalties of $46,000. Lead exposure can cause long-term damage to the central nervous, urinary, blood and reproductive systems.
"Lead is a leading cause of workplace illness and a common health hazard. Lead particles travel from work sites on clothing and other materials, so taking precautions to prevent exposure are important for workers and their families," said Angie Loftus, OSHA's area director for Chicago North in Des Plaines.
OSHA's investigation found workers exposed to airborne lead levels up to 1.2 times the permissible exposure limit. OSHA identified lead, cadmium and arsenic during the inspection, and determined that Arturo's failed to train employees concerning hazards associated with exposure. The company also failed to determine employee exposure levels to lead before directing workers to remove paint with sanders and scrapers.
In addition, Arturo's failed to provide properly fitted respirators to protect workers from lead overexposure and training in respiratory protection use and procedures.
Other violations involved lack of personal protective equipment, including clothing and gloves; medical surveillance; hygiene and housekeeping practices. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
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Dear Mr. Powder,
What do you think is the best way to degrease steel and aluminum prior to coating? I have seen various options out there, but there seem so many to choose from I was wondering what
you thought was the best option? Specifically when sand blasting is not an option due to the "coarse" surface area left. I know sand blasting can be fine, but it is still difficult to get a smooth surface.
Thanks in advance,
Sorry I'm a bit late in my reply. Heavy travel schedule lately. Here is the lowdown on preparing metal for powder coating:
First the durability requirements of the finish must be carefully considered. If this is a basic indoor application that won't see much wear and tear or moisture, heat, etc. then simple
solvent cleaning and possibly media blasting will suffice. For anything that will reside outdoors you need more than that.Powder chemistry has a large effect on durability and performance. For instance epoxies and hybrids adhere well over blasted metal and can provide decent corrosion resistance with a minimum of surface preparation. Essentially all other chemistries require metal cleaning followed by chemical pretreatment. So if you are using a polyester, acrylic or polyurethane powder it's best for clean the metal first with an alkaline solution, rinse well then apply a chemical pretreatment. These are typically phosphate based for steel and chromate based for aluminum. Chromate is rather hazardous (actually carcinogenic) so I would strongly recommend that you investigate alternate materials if you need to pretreat aluminum.
Newer chemical treatment types are emerging that are based on zirconates, titanates and silanes. These are essentially non-toxic. Process control with these is critical and therefore it is necessary to carefully follow the supplier's application parameters. It is also very important to recognize that although cleaning techniques may be universally acceptable for both steel and aluminum, chemical pretreatments do not translate across these very different metals. Iron phosphate works well on ferrous substrates however it does not prepare aluminum adequately for high performance powder coating performance. You will need chemistry specific to your metal type.
The thought below from some of my colleagues is close but not perfect. Anything you can share either from an ASTM specification or what the BIG companies use to follow specific protocol for DOI (distinctness of Image) would be greatly appreciated.“I conclude that either DOI or gloss the issue is the smoothness of the dried top coat. Which in turn depends on size and shape (of the filler particle) and how much resin is absorbed by each particle.”
Distinct of image is more than just a gloss measurement. It refers to the crispness or distinctness of a reflected image. Initially this was assessed visually by projecting a series of different sized images onto a coated surface. This was accomplished by using a “glow box” that works by passing focused light through a slide containing these images of varying sizes. Kind of like a projected eye chart. See: (see: http://www.gardco.com/pages/gloss/doimeter.cfm ). A little primitive but it gets the job done. DOI measurement has since evolved with an Instrumental technique. This method is described in ASTM D-5767. (see: http://www.astm.org/Standards/D5767.htm and here Instrumental assessment eliminates operator influence and is therefore more precise and reproducible.
DOI can be affected by both long (i.e. orange peel) and short (i.e.low gloss) wavelength surface texture. It is important to know how DOI is being measured and what the target is. Both low gloss and orange peel will reduce DOI. Hence large particles of filler in a powder formula that
create low gloss will reduce DOI and also small filler particles with high oil absorption will reduce DOI. Capisce?
I hope that this helps.
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Expansion for 6th Leading International Trade Fair for Industrial Coating Technology from 19 through 22 April 2016 in Karlsruhe
Strong Demand for Booth Locations at PaintExpo 2016 and 2017
Oberboihingen, October 2014 – 18 months before the trade fair opens, more than 175 companies from 12 countries have already made firmbookings for their booth locations at PaintExpo 2016. As a result, approximately 50% of all exhibition floor space occupied at the event in 2014 has already been booked. The international trade fair for industrial coating technologies to be held in April 2017 due to the schedule change to the odd-numbered years is also right on course: roughly 80% of the companies have decided to participate both years. “Even we ourselves have been a bit surprised, and of course pleased with the strong demand for booth floor space at this early point in time. The fact that many companies have not only booked booth floor space for PaintExpo 2016, but rather for 2017 as well, is especially encouraging. As a result of the schedule change to the odd-numbered years, the leading international trade fair will take place after just one year in 2017”, explains
Jürgen Haußmann, managing director of event promoters FairFair GmbH. Practically all of the market and technology leaders from the various fields of industrial coating technologies are amongst the 175 companies who are already included in the exhibitor list. It’s no wonder that PaintExpo has established itself as the number one information and procurement platform for users around the globe. This is also made apparent by the visitor numbers at PaintExpo 2014 which increased by 14.2% to a total of 9167. 26.6% of the expert visitors came from outside of Germany – from a total of 70 countries. “PaintExpo has evolved into the unequivocal meeting place for the industry sector. The audience has once again become more professional and international, and even more visitors have attended PaintExpo. We’re already looking forward to PaintExpo 2016”, reports Martin Weidisch from marketing at J. Wagner GmbH – one of the companies who have already made firm bookings for floor space at the leading international trade fair in 2016, and are thus enjoying a full range of options with regard to booth location. Amongst other companies, this is also being taken advantage of by US manufacturer of UV-LED curing technology, Phoeson Technology Inc., as well as Lesta S.R.L. from Italy, who both participated at the leading trade fair for industrial coating technologies for the first time in 2014. 18 months before the trade fair opens, the companies who have already registered for PaintExpo 2016 will occupy roughly 6,300 square metres (67,812 sq. ft.) of floor space, which amounts to about 50% of all occupied floor space in 2014. And roughly 40% has already been firmly booked for PaintExpo 2017.
Market-Oriented, Representative, Forward-Looking Offerings
“We’re expecting further growth of visitor numbers once again in 2016”,says Jürgen Haußmann. This is indicative of the fact that users in various regions around the world are faced with different, but nevertheless generally increasing requirements. These include higher levels of quality and increased productivity, as well as more flexibility and sustainability. Beyond this, the use of new materials, for example lightweight components made of fibrous composite materials, as well as utilisation of various materials within a given finished product, are presenting in-house painting operations and coating job-shops with new challenges. This results in investment needs for in-house painting operations around the globe, because these requirements can only be fulfilled through the use of technical innovations. And these are presented by the exhibitors at PaintExpo in a diversity which is unparalleled anywhere else in the world, and cover the entire process sequence for liquid painting, powder coating and coil coating. The exhibition programme encompasses liquid painting and powder coating systems, application systems and spray guns, liquid paints and powdered enamels, automation and conveyor technology, cleaning and pre-treatment, drying and curing, environmental technology, pneumatics, compressed air supply and exhaust purification, water treatment, recycling and disposal, accessories, measuring and test technology, quality assurance, paint stripping, job-shop coating, services and technical literature. Beyond this, downstream process steps such as printing and packaging are covered as well. The same programme will be showcased at the 3rd trade fair for industrial coating technology in Istanbul, Turkey, from the 15th PaintExpo Eurasia, through the 17thmutually by FairFair GmbH and Artkim Fuarcilik.
Further information and a preliminary exhibitor list can be accessed at www.paintexpo.de. of October, 2015. The Turkish offshoot will be promoted
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