'The Blue Book Third Edition Reprint 2022' is now available for purchase from ASSDA.

'Code of Practice for the Fabrication of Stainless Steel Plant and Equipment', also commonly known as the "Blue Book", is intended to assist industry achieve the quality,
structural integrity and food safety requirements necessary for stainless steel plant and equipment.

The document is intended to form part of any tender or contract document for the fabrication of such items and provides guidance on the following code of practice topics:

  • Information and requirements to be agreed upon and documented
  • Materials
  • Quality Assurance
  • General design requirements
  • Specific design features for tanks, vessels and silos
  • Placement and type of welds
  • Contamination prevention
  • Cutting and forming
  • Welding
  • Finishing processes
  • Inspection
  • Transportation and installation
  • Insulation and cladding

This publication is prepared by the New Zealand Stainless Steel Development Association (NZSSDA) and is available for sale through ASSDA.


  • ASSDA Members and Accredited Fabricators: $50.00 per book + $12 postage and handling
  • Non-Members: $85 per book + $12 postage and handling

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to order your copy.