The Pollution Control Zone is a library of environmental health and safety issues for the surface finishing industry. From air to water pollution, this site-within-a-site is your ultimate resource for EH&S articles, regulation updates, suppliers and products.
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
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
What are some ways to avoid suspension or debarment from government contracts?
Ask an Expert Published: January 01, 2015
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
Has the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved TBAC (tertiary butyl acetate) as a VOC-exempt solvent?
Ask an Expert Published: March 21, 2014
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
What should I do if an OSHA compliance officer comes to my plant?
Ask an Expert Published: January 21, 2014
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
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
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
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
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