Qual­ity as­sur­ance - does your tim­ber floor pass?

ATFA of­fers a ro­bust com­pli­ance pro­gram that as­sesses prod­ucts

Australasian Timber - - FLOORING -

ONE OF the most im­por­tant and prob­a­bly not highly enough val­ued tim­ber floor­ing is­sues is qual­ity as­sur­ance. Nor­mally this only comes into play af­ter a tim­ber floor is laid and there is a prob­lem with it. At this stage it’s too late to eas­ily fix and it be­comes a costly ex­pe­ri­ence to rec­tify which, in turn, of­ten leads to ma­jor is­sues for all the par­ties in­volved.

For many years we have wit­nessed prod­ucts land in Aus­tralia that are sold with­out any reg­u­la­tory con­trol, only to fail in the home or com­mer­cial space.

Prod­uct fail­ure causes much angst and of­ten re­sults in drawn out court cases or even more likely the com­pany go­ing broke with no rec­om­pense for the con­sumer. This ef­fect snow­balls into fam­ily is­sues with bud­get blowouts and stress as recog­nised fac­tors.

An­other is­sue to keep in mind is of­ten these non-con­form­ing prod­ucts have ad­di­tional un­safe qual­i­ties, for ex­am­ple, they are high in dan­ger­ous tox­ins, formalde­hy­des or poor man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­ce­dures that cre­ate dan­ger­ous cir­cum­stances.

How­ever, there is a way to avoid this. The ATFA of­fers a ro­bust com­pli­ance pro­gram that as­sesses prod­ucts, ma­te­ri­als and equip­ment to en­sure they com­ply with stan­dards, in­dus­try re­quire­ments and con­sumer ex­pec­ta­tions. The pro­gram ul­ti­mately pro­tects ev­ery­one in­volved!

The in­tent in the fu­ture is for the in­dus­try and gov­ern­ment to climb on board and recog­nise this sys­tem hence giv­ing con­sumers peace of mind while pro­tect­ing the in­dus­try with less prod­uct fail­ures to deal with.

No­tably this sys­tem is de­signed to com­ple­ment the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment Build­ing Min­is­ters Fo­rum for non­com­ply­ing build­ing prod­ucts. Un­der the ATFA pro­gram, pro­duc­ers will be re­quired to pro­vide in­de­pen­dent cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and/or reports that sub­stan­ti­ate and sup­port the va­lid­ity of the pro­duc­ers claimed com­pli­ance and where rel­e­vant meet the min­i­mum re­quire­ments set by the ATFA and the in­dus­try.

So, be­fore buy­ing or in­stalling any tim­ber floor­ing prod­uct please en­sure it has passed the ATFA qual­ity as­sur­ance as­sess­ment to en­sure the safety or your com­pany, fam­ily and fu­ture.

All prod­ucts with the ATFA com­pli­ant logo will have passed the com­pli­ance pro­gram and should be safe to use and in­stall.

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