In the following sections, corrosion management practices in various industries and organizations across the world are examined in order to assess corrosion management practices and to identify best practices as well as gaps in the approach to corrosion management.


The results of the survey conducted as part of IMPACT, as well as focus group meetings and discussions with industry subject matter experts (SMEs), have demonstrated that corrosion management practices vary significantly based on the type of industry, geography, and organizational culture. As discussed in the benchmarking segment of the study, these practices range from absence of corrosion management to full incorporation of corrosion management into an organization’s management system and practices. Even within the same organization, significant differences can exist, depending on local culture and practices.

In the following sections the corrosion management practices in various industries across the world are examined, and based on the results of the surveys, the individual and focus group meetings, and some case studies, standard and best practices are identified and discussed. Gaps in corrosion management practices are identified and mitigation measures for improvement are recommended.

The survey was sent to a broad range of industries and organizations. While the corrosion management practices could not be discussed for each industry and organization, a selection was made of industries where corrosion has a major impact on safety, environment, cost of operation, and reputation. These industry segments are:

In addition to these three industry segments, the corrosion management practices within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) were examined. While the U.S. DoD manages a wide range of weapon systems, it also operates an infrastructure that is very similar to that operated by other industries and organizations. The U.S. DoD has a mature corrosion management program that serves as an example for others.