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JAN 2009

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K_\ :_Xk_Xd KXeb1 NXk\i# Jk\\c# Xe[ Gfcpli\k_Xe\ BY SYNDEE HOLT PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALPINE PAINTING AND SANDBLASTING AND TANK INDUSTRY CONSULTANTS 8 of the Chatham Tank. Located in Chatham, New Jersey, the 1,420,000 gallon standpipe tank is of welded steel construction with a dome roof and measures 46 feet 3 inches in diameter with a nominal shell height of approximately 116 feet. The owners contracted with Tank Industry Consultants (TIC) to assess the tank in preparation for the bid process, as well as to provide third-party inspection services during the project itself. TIC completed their evaluation of the tank in October 2007. The inspection revealed lead in the exterior coating. Lead and chromium pigments were found in the interior coating. Widespread pitting was also observed on the tank's interior with at least 10 deep holes noted in the floor. It was clear that the interior coating had reached the end of its intended service life and needed to be removed. s the 2007 budget was drawing to a close, the New Jersey American Water Municipal Company deter- mined that they had enough money left to put out a call for bids to refurbish and repaint the interior 86 CoatingsPro J January 2009 THE SPECS: SETTING THE SCENE TIC documents detail the contractor requirements for this job, "The contractor was required to comply with safe working practices for abrasive blasting, cleaning, burning, welding, and handling lead-based and nonlead-based coated steel, and all health and safety regulations and requirements of Federal OSHA (specifically OSHA Standard for Construction Industry, 29 CFR 1926.62, entitled Lead Exposure in Construction; Interim Final Rule, regarding occupational exposure to lead, and 29 CFR 1926.1126, entitled Chromium (VI), regarding occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium), state and local health regula- tory agencies, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), SSPC-PA Guide 3, and the coating and abrasive manufacturers." Further, because the work would be conducted within the tight confines of the steel tank, "the contractor was required to have documented Confined Space Entry Procedures available at the tank site at all times as required by OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146." After a competitive bid process, the job was finally awarded

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