Standard Historical Last Updated: Mar 19, 2012
ASTM D4537-04a

Standard Guide for Establishing Procedures to Qualify and Certify Personnel Performing Coating Work Inspection in Nuclear Facilities

Significance and Use

The requirements of this guide apply to personnel who perform coating work inspection during (1) fabrication, (2) receipt of items at the construction site, (3) construction, (4) pre-operational and startup testing, and (5) operational phases of nuclear facilities.

It is the responsibility of each organization participating in the project to ensure that only those personnel within their respective organizations who meet the requirements of this guide are permitted to perform coating work inspection activities covered by this guide.

The organization(s) responsible for establishing the applicable requirements for activities covered by this guide shall be identified, and the scope of their responsibility shall be documented. Delegation of this responsibility to other qualified organizations is permitted and shall be documented.

It is the responsibility of the organization performing these activities to specify the detailed methods and procedures for meeting the requirements of this guide, unless they are otherwise specified in the contract documents.

In the event of conflict, users of this guide must recognize that the licensee’plant-specific quality assurance program and licensing commitments shall prevail with respect to the process of qualifying personnel performing inspection of coating work.


1.1 This guide delineates the requirements for development of procedures for the qualification of personnel who perform inspection of coating work. These activities are accomplished to verify conformance to specified requirements for nuclear facility coating work whose satisfactory performance is required in order not to compromise safety-related coating systems.

1.2 This guide provides a uniform interpretation of the intent of the requirements in ANSI/ASME N45.2.6 for the inspection of coating work in nuclear facilities.

1.3 This guide meets the intent of ANSI/ASME NQA-1.

1.4 It is the intent of this guide to provide a recommended basis for qualification, not to mandate a singular basis for all qualifications. Variations or simplifications of the qualifications described in this guide may be appropriate for special coating work other than safety-related coating systems. Similarly, the qualification and certification process might be abbreviated for work of minor scope such as touch-up.

1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of whoever uses this standard to consult and establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

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Book of Standards Volume: 06.02
Developed by Subcommittee: D33.04
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.1520/D4537-04A
ICS Code: 87.020