Jun 17, 2020

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) announced a partnership with the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) International Institute to launch the International Measures of Prevention Application and Economics of Corrosion Technologies (IMPACT) Canada Study. This initiative will determine the financial and societal impacts of corrosion on various industry sectors across Canada and identify opportunities to increase safety and reduce costs.

“We know the cost of corrosion is enormous in Canada when we think of our bridges, buildings, pipelines and all major infrastructure,” stated Robert Kucheran, IUPAT Canadian General Vice-President. “These costs may seem invisible but for governments, private industry and in fact all Canadians, we are all paying for the price of industrial deterioration.”

A 2002 federal study of the United States led by NACE estimated the annual costs at the time to be $276 billion. The study, Corrosion Costs and Preventive Strategies in the United States was backed by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration and remains an influential industry template on costs and control of corrosion in the U.S.

The six-month study is being led by the NACE Institute and will include participants from the IUPAT, industry asset owners, Canadian representatives of NACE International, and corrosion control management experts in the professions of contractors.

“We are very excited about this opportunity to work with IUPAT on the IMPACT Canada study,” said Elaine Bowman, IMPACT Study project manager. “The resulting data can be used to ensure that government officials, regulators, industry and the general public are informed about how corrosion control management practices are crucial to the reduction of corrosion costs. A similar study done in India resulted in the creation of a Government Bureau of Corrosion Control; we hope this study will also be catalyst for change.”

This partnership follows another key milestone for industrial coating in Canada. In December, the National Research Council (NRC) published updates to 27 specification sections of the National Masters Specification (NMS) – the primary resource for writing project specifications for construction work by the Government of Canada. The NMS is used for all large federal government projects, as well as by other levels of government. It is also a resource for private sectors specifications.

The focus of the updates is on quality assurance and certification standards for application specialists. The IUPAT had been working with the National Research Council on these important updates since 2018 and welcomes the published new standards.

“Canada has never had a study like this done before – so this is an important partnership,” added

Kucheran. “Policymakers need evidence to develop policies and programs that help solve costly problems like corrosion. That is why we are supporting this important research, so we can accurately depict the extent of the cost of corrosion to Canada’s public and private infrastructure and work collaboratively on prevention measures like training and quality control standards.”

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades represents a growing community of over 160,000 active and retired craftspeople in the United States and Canada. The IUPAT membership extends far beyond the workplace.

Recognize as one the most active union in the labour movement, IUPAT members help shape their communities in many way: through an abiding commitment to service, by fighting passionately for workers rights that benefit all working families, and through effective worker education and mobilization. The IUPAT also serves the community by ensuring public infrastructure projects and private assets are protected from the devastating effects of corrosion, through contactor and craft work education and certification. The IUPAT has over 109 affiliated training centres throughout North America and has been training and certifying its members for well over a century. The IUPAT is committed to working with industry partners to both raise the bar of quality in the industry and ensuring both people and assets are protected.

NACE International is a not-for-profit professional organization representing the corrosion control industry. NACE’s mission is to equip society to protect people, assets and the environment from the adverse effects of corrosion. NACE was established in 1943 by eleven corrosion engineers from the pipeline industry as the National Association of Corrosion Engineers.

Today, NACE serves nearly 37,000 members in over 140 countries and is recognized globally as the premier authority for corrosion control solutions. The organization offers technical training and certification programs, conferences, industry standards, reports, publications, technical journals, government relations activities and more.