HOUSTON - NACE International is assisting the World Corrosion Organization (WCO) in its establishment of a Corrosion Awareness Day. The WCO has selected April 24, 2010, as the first Corrosion Awareness Day. The day will feature activities that will illustrate the detrimental effects of corrosion on everyday life, the economy and the environment. The events of the day will help to inform the public, industry, politicians and educational institutions of the solutions and necessary steps to combat corrosion.
NACE International is one of the founding members of the WCO, an organization dedicated to working with corrosion societies around the globe to raise awareness about the impact of corrosion and what can be done to address it.
According to formal government-sponsored studies, such as the one completed in 2002 in the United States, the direct cost of corrosion in industrialized countries amounts to 3–4 percent of the GDP. These studies have also shown that safety, quality of life and health risks are at play in countries all over the world, including those that are less industrialized.