Joe Berish, SSPC Corporate Certification Program Manager


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Joe Berish, SSPC Corporate Certification Program Manager

Who is SSPC?
The Society for Protective Coatings Founded in 1950 as the Steel Structures
Painting Council A not for profit 501 (c) (3) – spun off of
Carnegie Mellon University

SSPC Mission
“Advance the technology and promote the use of protective coatings to preserve industrial, marine, and commercial
structures, components, and substrates.”

SSPC at a Glance
• Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania • Staff of 41 employees • ~12,000 individual members worldwide • >950 corporate members worldwide • Global Reach

SSPC Core Products & Services
• Coatings industry standards • Technical publications • Training and certification courses • Painting contractor certification programs • Conferences, events, and webinars

SSPC Market Verticals
• Oil / Gas / Pipeline • Water / Waste Water / Concrete • Civilian Marine • Department of Defense / Military Services • Power Transmission / Generation • Nuclear • Department of Transportation (Bridges / Civil
Works)

What Does SSPC Do?
• Develop technically sound protective coatings standards.
• Provide HIGH QUALITY certification and training programs for both organizations and individuals.
• Offer a comprehensive and compete online resource for standards, information, virtual educational courses, and publications.

y Fundamentals of Protective Coatings y SSPC Surface Preparation Standards y Coating Selection and Application y Coating Assessment & Inspection y Latest Technologies y SSPC Training and Certifications for individuals y PCCP Overview

What you need for a successful protective coatings project: • For a maintenance project, perform a condition assessment or survey of the structure (e.g., piping, storage tanks) based on SSPC‐PA 5, in order to determine what substrate repairs are required prior to coating and what coating system should be selected to best protect the structure in its service environment.
• Once funding is procured, based on the results of the condition assessment, write a clear and concise coating specification, citing industry standards as often as possible. It is essential that the specification be designed for the specific project to be undertaken. The specification should be written by an experienced and qualified (e.g., SSPC or NACE Protective Coatings Specialist) familiar with oil & gas structures to be coated

A good specification must include, at a minimum: • Clear surface preparation (SP), coating application (CA) and curing requirements, stated once, citing industry standards • Clear definition of what materials (e.g., caulking; coating; thinners, if allowed; abrasive; water quality for water cleaning, etc) are allowed • What’s to be coated and what’s not to be coated, including protection of what’s not to be cleaned and coated and protection of surroundings during SP & CA operations • Quality Control and Quality Assurance requirements including Inspection hold points and required reports and submission • Qualifications of contractors and subcontractors • Qualifications of personnel (e.g., craft‐workers; inspectors) • Job site restrictions (e.g., where to work and stage equipment; the time of day and days work is allowed; utilities

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Joe Berish, SSPC Corporate Certification Program Manager