Corrosion Prevention: The World Corrosion Organization and The Australasian Corrosion Association
Almost everyone knows that industries are hard-pressed to prevent rust and corrosion because its cost in money and time wasted can be high. But not everyone knows that there are actually organisations dedicated solely to corrosion prevention. Globally, there is the World Corrosion Organization, and in the Southern Hemisphere, there is the Australasian Corrosion Association Inc.
World Corrosion Organization
The WCO is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation (NGO) under the United Nations (UN). They are based in New York City. Membership in the WCO is global and falls under two categories: General Members (national not-for-profit organisations) and Affiliate Members (profit-oriented organisations, industrial enterprises, and government organisations). All members are committed to the highest levels of corrosion prevention and control because corrosion and its effects can be harmful to humans, the ecology, and any country’s economy.
Australasian Corrosion Association Inc.
Like the WCO, ACA is a non-profit organisation. As a membership association, it disseminates information on the dangers of corrosion and its control or prevention through publications, conferences, seminars, training sessions, and other like activities. The organisation’s main concerns are 1) To find manageable and sustainable cost-effective methods of corrosion control to protect the health and safety of people and the environment; 2) To assist members in managing the impact of corrosion on asset durability. ACA is based at Preston, Victoria, Australia.
Raising Awareness on Corrosion
Both organisations raise awareness about corrosion, corrosion protection, and generally telling its members and outsiders the fundamental premise that if rust and corrosion are not controlled; it can cause the plummeting of profits and wreak havoc on a country’s economy.
For instance, in most of the WCO’s workshops and conferences, speakers always stress that corrosion is annually costing the world’s economy a whopping US$2.2 trillion, or over 3% of the global GDP. Speakers also emphasised that many governments and private companies are not paying enough attention to corrosion.
Corrosion Awareness Day
Unknown to many, April 24 is designated Corrosion Awareness Day. This year, the main awareness event was held in Shenyang, China, with other events held in France, Spain, Israel, South Africa, Pakistan, Portugal, and the USA. Aside from the usual lectures, workshops, posters, and contests, corrosion experiment demos were held to show the dangers of corrosion. Participants were quite diverse, ranging from industry owners, academics, to students.
Technical and Training Forums
The ACA has taken further steps by conducting Technical and Training Forums for Coatings Training and Coating Inspection. Other courses include Cathodic Protection, Corrosion Specifics, Galvanising Training, and Pipeline Training. Courses in Coating and Coating Inspection include how to apply peelable protective coatings on metals, such as polyvinyl chloride copolymer solution types, similar to Unituff 452 (formerly Seal ‘n’ Peel). Course training is held all around Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Vietnam.
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