QUALITY SOURCES

Smokestack Inspection, Repair, Maintenance, Demolition, Industrial Chimney Inspection

American Concrete Institute ACI

Founded in 1904 and headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, the American Concrete Institute is advancing concrete knowledge by conducting seminars, managing various certification programs, publishing technical documents, and offering scholarships to students in the field. With 99 chapters, 65 student chapters, and nearly 20,000 members spanning over 120 countries, the American Concrete Institute has always retained the same basic mission — provide knowledge and information for the best use of concrete. https://www.concrete.org/

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

The American Society of Civil Engineers develops and applies innovative, state of the art practices and technologies in books and reports regarding industry. The ASCE advances the educations and professional standards for civil engineers playing an essential role for planning and applying various materials, practices and technology that we use relating to the industrial chimney smokestack industry. https://www.asce.org/

American Welding Society (AWS)

AWS offers a number of certification programs that recognize and document expertise and knowledge in specific welding-related disciplines including, inspectors, supervisors, educators, radiographic interpreters, welding engineers and fabricators. AWS is the source for qualification and certification of welding personnel. Since the Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) program was introduced in 1976, AWS has certified over 97,000 welding inspectors alone, plus thousands more working professionals across other certification categories. https://www.aws.org/certification

Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC)

CDC has launched a new, nationwide initiative to help enhance and complement the efforts of state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments through innovative hiring mechanisms designed to address their surge staffing needs. CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. To accomplish their mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise. https://www.cdc.gov/

International Committee on Industrial Chimneys (CICIND)

The International Committee on Industrial Chimneys represents 190 members from 41 countries and is doing active research and development work in many fields in the civil construction representing chimney owners, builders, component suppliers, consultants and research institutes. The goal of CICIND is to promote knowledge about the design, construction, operation and maintenance of industrial chimneys, stimulate harmonization of national design codes, organize international meetings and conferences to discuss solutions to problems associated with industrial chimneys, and publish model codes and reports for industrial chimneys. https://cicind.org/home.html

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

MSHA develops and enforces safety and health rules for all U.S. mines regardless of size, number of employees, commodity mined, or method of extraction. MSHA also provides technical, educational and other types of assistance to mine operators. We work cooperatively with industry, labor, and other federal and state agencies to improve safety and health conditions for all miners in the United States. https://www.msha.gov/

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

The mission of NFPA is to reduce hazards by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. They are the world’s leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety, NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks.

Occupational Safety and Health OSHA

OSHA was enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women; by authorizing enforcement of the standards developed under the Act; by assisting and encouraging the States in their efforts to assure safe and healthful working conditions; by providing for research, information, education, and training in the field of occupational safety and health; and for other purposes. https://www.osha.gov

Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT)

SPRAT has developed industry-consensus standards, including Safe Practices for Rope Access Work and Certification Requirements for Rope Access Work, not only raised the awareness of the safety and effectiveness of rope access systems, but also paved the way for California’s Department of Industrial Relations effort to create one of the first laws sanctioning the use of rope access systems in North America. Since then, Alberta and New York City have followed suit with support from SPRAT and its members. https://sprat.org/

Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC)

Continental Chimney is the only manufacturer in the United States for industrial smokestack bricks. As a result, this has been an opportunity for us to become familiar with other chimney companies and their solutions to various repair and structural problems on their projects.

The Structures We Work On Are Limited To:

SSPC is an organization focused on the protection and preservation of concrete, steel, and other industrial and marine structures and surfaces through the use of high-performance, protective, marine and industrial coatings. SSPC is the leading source of information on surface preparation, coating selection, coating application, environmental regulations, and health and safety issues that affect the protective coatings industry. https://www.sspc.org/

The following are additional sources we use for our procedure guidelines and our cited specifications.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) https://www.asme.org/

American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) https://www.astm.org/

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) https://www.ansi.org/

American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) https://www.aisc.org/

National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE International) https://www.nace.org/home

National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) https://precast.org/

Precast Concrete Institute (PCI) https://www.pci.org/

Portland Cement Association (PCA) https://www.cement.org/

Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) https://www.smacna.org/