Chem.Info’s recurring Regs Report feature presents new and emerging regulations and enables readers to better achieve compliance. In this installment, we explore the NFPA 2112 standards on flame resistant garments for protection against flash fires.
Six executives of a Louisiana company that recycles explosives were indicted Monday in an investigation into the improper storage of millions of pounds of military propellant, a discovery that led a small town to evacuate after an explosion.
Hoku Scientific Inc.'s estimated $400 million polysilicon plant in eastern Idaho now has only eight workers, all security guards, after its last engineer exited last month amid dwindling hopes the facility will ever produce materials for solar panels.
In late January, FCI Electronics named Alessandro Perrotta as the company’s new CEO, effective February, 13 2013. David Mantey of Product Design & Development had a chance to speak with Perrotta about the FCI’s future in the latest installment to PD&D’s Fireside Chat series.
Canadian Solar landed a $304.2 million contract to construct a power plant in Ontario, sending shares 6 percent higher before the opening bell Monday. Construction begins in the third quarter of 2013 and the plant, being built for Grand Renewable Solar LP, is expected to be fully operational by 2015.
China's workplace safety agency said negligence among factory managers and government inspectors caused "extremely chaotic" work-safety conditions at the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Co. plant where a deadly fire killed 120 workers this week.
Republican mega-donor Harold Simmons' remote hazardous waste dump in West Texas began accepting low-level radioactive material Thursday from a federal lab in New Mexico — the latest step in Simmons' vision of a site that accepts all types of waste.
The governor and other officials are celebrating the official opening of a plant in Opelika that makes vitamins, minerals and dietary supplements. The officials are scheduled to join executives of Pharmavite for the grand opening of the manufacturing facilit.
Manufacturers cannot expect to sustain success with traditional decision making in today's business climate. To maintain a leadership position and profit margins, companies must respond intelligently to more frequent, drastic and faster changes.
West, Texas officials and many lifelong residents desperately want to keep people from moving away, but they face many obstacles: rebuilding schools and water lines, helping residents who in some cases are short tens of thousands of dollars and reassuring residents that their once-tranquil streets will be safe again.
A southeastern New Mexico company's plans to convert a cattle plant into a horse slaughterhouse has hit another roadblock, this time over an environmental dispute that the company's attorney blames on the Obama administration putting politics over policy.
When it comes to managing the workforce, very few industries are under more pressure than manufacturing. With price competition from developing countries, manufactures need to look at every aspect of their operations for competitive advantage and productivity improvements.
Authorities raised the death toll Wednesday by one to 120 in this week's disastrous fire at a northeast China poultry processing plant, with another 17 people unaccounted for. The State Administration of Work Safety said a total of 395 people were at work during Monday's tragedy, the country's worst industrial accident in almost five years.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. says it will close two coal-powered generating stations near Walterboro by the end of the year. SCE&G will close the plants at the Canadys Station four years ahead of the previous schedule. It originally had planned to covert the plants to use natural gas before retiring them in 2017.
Federal inspectors have cleared the Shearon Harris nuclear plant reactor to restart after Duke Energy Corp. fixed a year-old problem with the reactor vessel's covering, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday. A spokesperson said the date the plant would begin generating electricity again was being withheld for competitive reasons.
During the past several years the tables have turned on a number of large high-tech companies as several market leaders have become followers, and several followers have become market leaders. The dramatic change has pivoted on the ability of these market followers to leverage investments in product development processe.
Coca-Cola began bottling its famous soft drink in Myanmar on Tuesday as part of a planned five-year, $200 million investment after having no local production for more than 60 years. The return of Coca Cola is emblematic of the opportunities U.S. companies see in Myanmar as it builds a free market economy after decades of military rule.
The similarities between the two worst factory fires in China's history suggest that little has changed for industrial workers even as the country has transformed its economy. The bolted doors are emblematic of the often callous approach to worker safety in China and an annual death toll in the tens of thousands.
A new partnership aims to create more scientists and engineers by fostering students of all ages — from kindergarten through the end of high school — in programs that inspire not only technical innovation, but also communication and business skills.
Fire raged through a poultry plant in northeastern China on Monday, trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at least 119 people, reports and officials said. Several dozen people also were hurt in the blaze in Jilin province's Mishazi township.
Rat poisons normally come with warnings against human consumption and medical directions about what to do if accidentally eaten. Not so for "Biorat," a bait produced in Vietnam by a Cuban-state owned company that earns foreign exchange for the Castro government.
Robert Paine, a first responder to the deadly fertilizer explosion in West, Texas, discusses his experience in the wake of the disaster. Paine was shielded from the explosion and survived, having no memory of the explosion. Twelve firefighters were killed in the explosion.
A federal judge has ordered Temple Inland, a subsidiary of International Paper, to pay $3.3 million and serve two years of probation for polluting the Pearl River in 2011 with illegal discharges from its Bogalusa paper mill that killed thousands of fish.
By a 4-to-1 ratio, Exxon Mobil shareholders defeated a resolution to explicitly ban discrimination against gays. The Exxon board had argued that the company already banned discrimination of any type and didn't need to add language regarding gays.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected a request from Sunflower Electric Power Corp., based in Hays, to overturn a federal judge's ruling that had put a $2.8 billion project on hold. Sunflower wants to build an 895-megawatt plant outside Holcomb.