The Fourth Edition of the SP001 Standard for the Inspection of Aboveground Storage Tanks has been issued by the Steel Tank Institute (STI). The changes include:
Changes to the requirements for SP001 Inspector Certifications include:
STI Certified SP001 AST Inspectors must be "Tank System Inspectors." This level of inspector is also known as the Level 2 inspectors. Because the 3rd and 4th Editions of SP001 include inspections of not only the tank, but also the associated tank systems, the Certified Inspector must have sufficient training in the tank system. This Certification requires both in-person lectures and passing of exams.
API 653 Certified Inspectors must obtain an "STI SP001 Adjunct Certification" to perform an SP001 inspection. This is to ensure that an API 653 Certified Inspector is familiar with construction of tanks and containers included in SP001 as well as the requirements of a tank system inspection. It is anticipated that this Adjunct Certification will be available through the STI website by the end of 2006.
Level 2 STI Certified SP001 AST Inspectors that received their certification prior to September 2005 must update their certification to include the updated 3rd and 4th Editions of SP001. It is anticipated that this Updated Certification program will be available through the STI website by Fall of 2006.
Copies of the Standard can be bought for $125.00 (plus package and shipping costs). For details see the STI/SPFA website.