Quality assurance - does your timber floor pass?
ATFA offers a robust compliance program that assesses products
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.