What to keep on hand for an SSPC QP 2 certification

Your QP 2 certification for the field removal of hazardous coatings builds on the knowledge you’ve accrued from your QP 1 certification. Naturally, so do the standards required to maintain it.

Here are some things you should keep on site in the event of an audit. By no means is this the ultimate list – but simply some pointers and guidelines that should prove valuable. For the final say on QP 2 documentation, we always recommend checking out the SSPC website.

What QP 2 Contractors should have on site for an audit:

Work control documents/procedures:

  • Documentation that a hazard exists. This could be in the form of a document showing laboratory tests that confirm the existence of a hazard or potential hazards at or above permissible exposure limits (PEL).
  • These site specific compliance plans should be available for review:
    • Worker, Health and Safety Plan
    • Environmental Protection Plan detailing containment requirements
    • Waste Handling and Spill Control Plan
    • Emergency Management/Evacuation Plan (Some Sites)
  • Evidence plans were accepted by the appropriate owner or agency where required, CSP or CIH approval is verifiable.
  • Copies of applicable regulations, SSPC and other technical standards, and special monitoring procedures must be on site such as 29 CFR 1926.62, SSPC Guides 6 & 7, and EPA Method 22.

Equipment, instruments and personnel:

  • Equipment addressing site-specific hazards such as dust collectors, vacuum shrouded tools, HEPA vacuum systems (Not vacuums fitted with HEPA filters), a decontamination trailer, wash station, industrial tarpaulins and support rigging and approved containers for waste storage.
  • Instruments and procedures for monitoring containment effectiveness, control of health hazards and other constraints, as well as documentation that these instruments are in working order and have been calibrated in the last 12 months or else in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Signage marking regulated clean/dirty areas
    • Signage for required PPE (hearing, eye, respirator protection)
    • Securing access to regulated areas (authorized personnel only) with barricades/caution tape
  • A competent person (CP) is on site during operations involving exposure who has:
    • 32 hours of initial CP training with an 8-hour annual refresher course during the past 12 months if it has been more than 12 months since the initial course.
    •  A job description describing duties and responsibilities including:
      • Reporting results of: containment effectiveness, environmental monitoring, air-flow monitoring, and personal hygiene monitoring and medical monitoring.
      • Shutting down and correcting when noncomplying events occur.
      • Conducting safety assessments, job-site meetings and training.
      • Enforcement of safety rules.

Reports and other documents:

  • Signed and dated reports of all CP monitoring activities must be kept on site.
  • A document showing the company has an adequate backup for the competent person.
  • Copies of hazardous waste manifests or other waste disposal documents are accessible, when the contractor is responsible for waste disposal. Evidence must be provided that contaminated clothing is properly laundered or disposed and that other contaminated articles such as respirator filters are properly disposed.

If all this feels a little overwhelming, why not schedule a live demo and see how TruQC makes sense of job-site documentation.

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