SSPC technical committees provide industry professionals, SSPC members and non-members alike, with a
platform for showcasing their expertise, sharing knowledge, expanding and enhancing their professional
footprint, and making an indelible impact on the protective coatings industry.

SSPC technical committees are comprised of voting and non-voting members and either role provides
substantial benefits with varying degrees of engagement and responsibility. Committees are formed as new
standards development or revision projects are initiated by one or more of these SSPC Technical Interest Groups:

  • Coating Materials
  • Surface Preparation
  • Application, Inspection, and Quality Control
  • Commercial Coatings Committees
  • Methods for Improved Performance
  • Environmental Safety and Health
  • Protection of Cememtitious Substrates

How to Join a Committee

At the beginning of development of a new standard or revision of an existing standard, SSPC will poll the
appropriate Technical Interest Group(s) by e-mail, announce the formation of a new committee, describe the
development or revision project. and provide an opportunity for members of the Technical Interest Group(s)
and other interested stakeholders to join the new committee as voting or non-voting members.

If you are interested in initiating a new standard or joining a committee, download and complete the appropriate
form available below.

Find Committees Forming Now

The following new projects and periodic reviews of existing SSPC standards are starting in 2020. If you’re interested in getting involved, please email Aimée Beggs, Current committee members should respond to upcoming Workspace canvasses to remain on committee rosters as voting members. These canvasses will be issued over the next several months.

 Industry wide participation is essential to the consensus process for developing and revising standards. TRAVEL IS NOT REQUIRED

Scroll here to find the full list of committees currently forming.

List Updated: March 23, 2020

New Projects

C.2.22 Guide to Assessment of Adhesion Interference Materials — The committee is assembling a guidance document for assessment of cleaned steel surfaces for materials not easily visible with the unaided eye which could affect adhesion of subsequently applied coatings.

C.2.23 Non-Profiling Dry Methods of Surface Preparation — This committee is developing a Technology Update describing three methods of surface cleaning that may reveal existing surface profile but that do not create a surface profile suitable for mechanical adhesion of subsequently applied coatings.  The three methods include carbon dioxide blast cleaning, atmospheric plasma cleaning, and laser ablation.

C.7.3 Surface Preparation of Concrete — This committee completed development of a set of standards for surface preparation of concrete by dry abrasive blast cleaning in 2019, and will start work on a set of standards for surface preparation of concrete by waterjetting in 2020.

C.8.2 Commercial Coating Materials — This committee will develop a performance standard for thin-film coating materials for concrete substrates in commercial applications.

Periodic Review/Revision Projects Beginning in 2020

C.1.1 Zinc-Rich Coatings Committee — SSPC-Paint 29, Zinc Dust Sacrificial Primer, Performance-Based; SSPC-PS Guide 12.00, Guide to Zinc Coatings; SSPC-PS 12.01, One-Coat Zinc-Rich Painting System SSPC-Paint 30 Weld-Through Inorganic Zinc-Primers;

C.1.3.A Coal Tar Coatings Committee SSPC Paints 32, Coal Tar Mastic; 33 Coal Tar Emulsion; and 16, Coal Tar Epoxy

C.1.4.A Waterborne Coatings Committee SSPC Paint 24, Latex Semi-Gloss Exterior Topcoat

C.1.12 Coatings over Galvanized Substrates— SSPC Guide 19, Selection of Protective Coatings for Use Over Galvanized Substrates2.3 Revision of SSPC-SP 11 — Power Tool Cleaning to Bare Metal and SSPC-SP 15 — Commercial Grade Power Tool Cleaning.

C.2.1 Non-Metallic Abrasives — SSPC-AB 1, Mineral and Slag Abrasives

C.2.16 Cleanliness of Abrasives — SSPC-AB 2, Cleanliness of Recycled Ferrous Metallic Abrasives

C.2.17 Solvent Cleaning Committee — SSPC-SP 1, Solvent Cleaning

C.2.19 Encapsulated Abrasive Committee — SSPC-AB 4, Recyclable Encapsulated Abrasive Media

C.4.2 Coating Performance Evaluation — SSPC-PA 16, Method for Evaluating Scribe Undercutting on Coated Steel Test Panels Following Corrosion Testing and SSPC-PA 15, Material and Preparation Requirements for Steel Test Panels Used to Evaluate the Performance of industrial Coatings

C.5.3.A Containment of Hazardous Surface Preparation Debris — SSPC-Guide 6, Guide for Containing Surface Preparation Debris Generated During Paint Removal Operations

C.5.3.B. Disposal of Hazardous Surface Preparation Debris ­— SSPC-Guide 7, Guide to the Disposal of Lead-Contaminated Surface Preparation Debris

C.5.3.C Environmental Monitoring of Hazardous Coating Removal Projects — SSPC-TU 7, Conducting Ambient Air, Soil, and Water Sampling During Surface Preparation and Paint Disturbance Activities

C.8.3 Coatings for Commercial Flooring —  SSPC-Guide 21, Guide to Evaluation of Slip and Fall Resistance of Flooring Surfaces

Find an Active SSPC Technical Committee Project

Use the search tool below to find the status of current SSPC Technical Committee Projects. Updated March 23, 2020.

Contact Aimée Beggs  via email: or call 412.288.6042 to obtain copies of drafts in ballot or to join a committee.

Technical Interest Group
  • C1 Coatings-Related
  • C2 Surface Preparation
  • C3 Application, Inspection, QC
  • C4 Methods for Improved Performance
  • C5 Environmental, Health and Safety
  • C7 Protection of Cementitious Substrates
  • C8 Commercial Coatings
  • Joint Standards Development Projects
C.1.1 Zinc Rich Coatings Kristin Leonard, ExxonMobil Review/Revise PS 12.00, Guide to Zinc-Rich Coatings Preliminary draft in preparation
C.1.1 Zinc Rich Coatings Kristin Leonard, ExxonMobil Review/revise PS 12.01 Revision, One-Coat Zinc Rich Coating System Preliminary draft in preparation
C.1.1 Zinc Rich Coatings Kristin Leonard, ExxonMobil Review/revise Paint 30, Weld-Through Inorganic Zinc Primers Preliminary draft in preparation
C.1.1 Zinc Rich Coatings Kristin Leonard, ExxonMobil Review/revise Paint 29, Zinc Dust Sacrificial Primer, Performance-Based Draft #1 ballot closed December 22, 2019
C.1.3.D Polyurethane Coatings Ahren Olson, Covestro, LLC Revise Paint 36, Two-Component Weatherable Aliphatic Polyurethane Topcoat, Performance-Based Draft #2 ballot closes April 12, 2020
C.1.5.G Paint 15 Revision Chris Lucy, ChemQuest Review/Revise SSPC-Paint 15 Steel Joist Shop Primer/Metal Building Primer Preliminary draft in preparation
C.1.8 Fluoropolymer Coatings Kurt Wood, Arkema Develop performance-based standard for fluoropolymer coating material Preliminary draft in preparation, accelerated exposure testing underway
C.1.9 Polyurea Coatings Dudley Primeaux, Primeaux Associates LLC Review/revise SSPC-PA 14, Field Application of Plural Component Polyurea and Polyurethane Thick Film Coatings to Concrete and Steel Preliminary draft in preparation
C.1.14 Revision of SSPC-CS 23.00/AWS C2.23/NACE No. 12 Heather Gilmer, HRV Conformance Verification Revise Specification for the Application of Thermal Spray Coatings (Metallizing) of Aluminum, Zinc, and Their Alloys and Composites for the Corrosion Protection of Steel Draft #1 ballot has closed, TriSociety Task Group reviewing comments
C.1.15 Revision of Guide 14 Bernardo Duran, AZZ Galvanizing Review/revise Guide 14, Protection of Damaged Galvanizing or Inorganic Zinc Coatings with Organic Zinc-Rich Coatings Draft #1 ballot has closed, comment resolution in progress.

How to Suggest a New Standard or Technical Committee Project

The steps for initiating a new technical committee project are:
  • Download and complete the form “Request for Development of a New Standard”. Proposals must be accompanied by contact information for six (6) industry volunteers who have agreed to act as a task group to develop a preliminary draft. Justification for development, a scope, and an outline of the proposed standard must be submitted with the proposal.
  • Return the completed form to Aimée Beggs (877.281.7772 x 2223) at SSPC.
  • SSPC will forward the completed proposal to the SSPC Standards Review Committee (SRC)
  • The Standards Review Committee (SRC) has 30 days to evaluate and respond to each proposal. Once the proposal is approved, the individual proposing the project will be informed by e-mail and an announcement of formation of a new committee will be posted on

Expectations of Technical Committee Membership

Technical committees are your voice in the industry and your participation determines how loudly and clearly you are


Responding to Committee Polls
Responding to Committee Ballots
Participating in Committee Conference Calls
Commenting on Balloted Drafts
Included on Communication Distribution
Reviewing New or Revised Standards
Voting on New or Revised Standards
Travel Required





As an ANSI-accredited standards developer, SSPC is required to maintain a balance of interest among stakeholders on standards-developing committees. The ANSI requirements for balance are that no interest category can have more than 50% representation on any committee developing non-safety-related standards. If the standard to be developed is safety-related, no interest category can have more than 33% representation on the committee. Both voting and non-voting members are considered when determining the percentage of representation. This policy ensures that the standards development process is not dominated by any single interest category, individual, or organization.

As of December 2014, SSPC interest categories for committee members are:
Abrasives Manufacturer, Architect/Engineer/Consultant; Coating Manufacturer, Contractor, Dealer/Distributor/Store, Equipment Manufacturer; Fabricator, Facility Owner, Government/Regulatory Agency/Research, Industry/Technical Association, Labor Association, Raw Material Manufacturer, Shipyard.

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