A word that is used in several ways in the coatings industry. The term “job specification” refers to the written, legal document, usually part of a contract, that precisely describes an item of work that is to be accomplished. Many technical organizations prepare documents called specifications that describe products, procedures, or conditions. For example, SSPC’s Painting Manual Volume 2 includes over a hundred frequently cited specifications covering surface preparation, abrasives, paints and paint systems, and paint application. Military, federal, state, and other agencies also have paint and related specifications. The Army and Navy also have documents called “guide specifications” (formerly called “type specifications”) which are called “engineering standards” by private industry.

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