To be QP 3 accredited, blast and coat shops must demonstrate competence in several key areas:
- Management Procedures
- Management Responsibility
- Technical Capabilities
- Quality Control
- Health, Safety and Environmental Compliance
- Contract and project specification review
- Document and data control
- Control of quality records
- Process control
- Inspection and testing
Blast and coat shops are evaluated through a series of submittals to SSPC, which describe business operations. Then an impartial, on-site audit is performed at the contractor’s headquarters and shop locations to verify the information provided in the application submittals.
More on-site audit information can be found in both the QP 3 Application and the Internal Audit Checklist. SSPC suggests that the shop perform a self-evaluation using the checklist to be sure all areas are addressed prior to an audit.
This joint standard for accreditation of paint shops merges the requirements of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Sophisticated Paint Endorsement (SPE) and the SSPC-QP 3 standard into a single qualification standard that is used by both organizations.
Each organization will continue to manage its own qualification program, auditing shops against the joint standard and using the same audit criteria. AISC will certify shops currently qualified as AISC Certified fabrication or manufacturing facilities. SSPC will certify all other paint shop facilities.
Owners should be aware that SSPC and AISC signed a Memorandum of Understanding in June 2016 to continue joint development and use of AISC-420-10/SPE-SSPC-QP 3 Accreditation Standard for Shop Application of Complex Protective Systems.