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Are You Exporting a Defense Item?

Here is a very basic overview of ITAR and what to consider if your company is doing any business in the aerospace or defense industry.

Ask an Expert Published: July 01, 2015

Employment Agreements Protect Proprietary Information

One of our employees has accepted a position with a competitor, and we are worried he is going to disclose some of our processes and pricing. How can we prevent such disclosures?

Ask an Expert Published: April 01, 2015

Identifying and Avoiding Suspension and Debarment Pitfalls

What are some ways to avoid suspension or debarment from government contracts?

Ask an Expert Published: January 01, 2015

Minimizing Frequency of OSHA Inspections

A safety program goes a long way to reduce accidents, worker complaints and violations, and to comply with OSHA regulations—all of which should lead to a reduced need for OSHA to inspect your facility.

Ask an Expert Published: March 27, 2014

Tertiary Butyl Acetate Regulations

Has the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved TBAC (tertiary butyl acetate) as a VOC-exempt solvent?

Ask an Expert Published: March 21, 2014

Take Employee Complaints Seriously

When complaints are ignored by the employer, the worker often complains to EPA or OSHA, or, worse, an accident occurs.

Ask an Expert Published: March 20, 2014

Preparing for an OSHA Inspection

What should I do if an OSHA compliance officer comes to my plant?

Ask an Expert Published: January 21, 2014

Guarding Against Counterfeit Parts

We have been doing a lot of defense work lately and are concerned about counterfeit parts. How can we protect ourselves?

Ask an Expert Published: July 01, 2013

Paint Stripping Waste Disposal

In response to a question in the September 2012 column regarding the disposal of waste from paint stripping, one reader recommends purchase of a stripping oven, used to strip products and paint racks.

Ask an Expert Published: February 25, 2013

On-Site Treatment or Off-Site Disposal

Can you provide information on a pH/precipitation system that will speed up the process of removing metals and patina chemicals from wastewater?

Ask an Expert Published: February 22, 2013

Clean Wastewater Attacking Zinc Plate

We use ion exchange treatment for wastewater from our nickel, hexavalent chrome and zinc plating rinses. What kind of characterization should we do to identify the pollutants that are affecting our products, and what steps are needed to reuse this water?

Ask an Expert Published: February 21, 2013

Chrome Reduction

What is the best way to reduce hexavalent chrome to trivalent chrome from an aluminum conversion coating rinse water?

Ask an Expert Published: January 07, 2013

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