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Proposed Scope Change to Joint AISC/SSPC Quality Management System Standard for Coatings Application

August 22, 2013 from American Institute of Steel Construction

(Chicago, IL/Pittsburgh, PA)–The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) are proposing to broaden the scope of the joint AISC 420-10/SSPC-QP 3 standard, a quality management system standard for the application of complex coatings.

Since the release of the standard, SSPC has received several requests to apply the quality management system to the powder coating process. The change in the standard amounts to the removal of two words–"powder coating"– from the list of excluded processes in Element 2, Scope. The revised sentence reads as follows:

The scope of this Standard does not include design, fabrication, manufacture, erection, surface preparation and application of coating in the field, metallizing or galvanizing, anodizing, or compliance with safety (OSHA) and environmental (EPA) regulations.

The public will have 30 days to comment on this change. Any negative comments must include a reason for the negative comment and proposed language that would address the negative comment. Comments must be received by Keith Grubb ([email protected]), secretary of AISC's Certification Standards Committee, no later than September 21, 2013.


For more information contact:

Keith A. Grubb, P.E., S.E.
Senior Engineer
American Institute of Steel Construction
1 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60601
[email protected]

Aimée Beggs
SSPC Standards Development Specialist
SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
40 24th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
[email protected]

American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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