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INDUSTRYNEWS Europe’sfirst SSPC Female Coating Inspector It is afair comment


that the paint industry has its fair share of


ladies within its ranks, and they can be found in testing laboratories, coatings R&D,research facilities, consulting offices, sales, mana- gement and so on.


But where we do not come across many ladies within the industry is on the inspection side of things.


We all know that this is not always the cleanest of jobs, and not everyone enjoys climbing over and under dirty pipes and around structural steelwork in order to take abatch of readings (men included), so what kind of alady would want to do such ajob?


Youmay think it is the ideal sort of work for a tomboy type, whereas you may be quite wrong.


When asked why his insurance company preferred female inspectors, aEuropean director said that it was because they had such an eye for detail. Ask any lady what her husband wore on their first date ten years ago, and she will describe everything, and very accurately too! They have such an eye for detail, and they miss absolutely nothing at all.


Shei Simpson was thrilled to qualify as acoatings inspector in 2011 and it changed her life. Although she is every bit awell-spoken young lady,she does not hesitate to climb into her overalls and begin to scale the side of aship or some steel structure in order to begin her work.


Shei has always been ahands-ontype of person, and just enjoys the challenges that are thrown up on each project. When working on ships, which she really loves, she finds each project totally different from an inspection point of view. Whether it is salt-testing ablast-cleaned surface, or checking the viscosity of ahigh-build coating, she finds it an interesting challenge where each step forms asmall part of the overall project.


Shei Simpson


She finds that things like the chemistry aspect of copper-sulphate testing for mill-scale, or checking the cathodic- protection level of asteel-hulled boat are always interesting tests to carry out, as the results are never obvious or predictable before testing,sothis keeps things interesting for her.


Shei was thrown in at the deep end of the industry,and was left working totally on her own with ablasting and painting crew in aMalaysian shipyard for three weeks after the two other inspectors flew home for Christmas.


She worked on the “Rainbow Warrior”ship in Bern in northern Germany and has worked on afew smaller boats plus structural steelwork and coated rail track.


Shei is dwarfed by the massive hull of the missile launcher


In order to progress to the next level, Shei needs to get more projects behind her and so she is looking to


working with experienced inspectors to hone her skills and improve her knowledge.


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Inspecting coated rail track


Laboratory testing of anew coating


Site meeting with engineers


Internal inspection


Inspecting coated rails after blast- cleaning in a Wheelabrator


automatic wheel- blast machine


For more information contact Shei Simpson on the following:-


Email:


shei-simpson-inspection@europe.com Tel: +44 (0) 7591 029 251 Twitter: @sheisimpson and you can locate Shei on Linked-in


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