Im­prov­ing con­fi­dence in treated tim­ber

From the Tim­ber Pre­servers As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia

Australasian Timber - - ASSOCIATIONS -

The pur­pose of the TPAA is to rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of the tim­ber treat­ment in­dus­try in Aus­tralia. As such, it is rea­son­able that as a na­tional body, TPAA hosts a qual­ity sys­tem to sup­port treated tim­ber in this coun­try, Sec­re­tary Jack Nor­ton wrote in a re­cent edi­tion of Con­tact (TPAA’s news­let­ter). “I am writ­ing to let you know that at a re­cent meet­ing of the TPAA Coun­cil, I was asked to work on set­ting up a qual­ity sys­tem to sup­port treated tim­ber be­ing sold in Aus­tralia. The in­tent is to im­prove con­fi­dence in treated tim­ber. “Some of you may be aware that the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment re­cently im­ple­mented “Non-con­form­ing Prod­ucts” leg­is­la­tion and the word is that the other States will be do­ing the same or some­thing sim­i­lar. An in­dus­try­based qual­ity scheme will help you op­er­ate in this leg­isla­tive en­vi­ron­ment.

“At this stage, some of the ground rules are:

Reg­is­ter­ing a brand that can be used in the mar­ket­place to iden­tify prod­uct that has been pro­duced un­der a qual­ity sys­tem.

Any TPAA qual­ity sys­tem needs to be com­pat­i­ble with ex­ist­ing or­ga­ni­za­tional sys­tems.

Not be too ex­pen­sive but still de­liver the in­tent.

Not be com­pli­cated.

To be eas­ily com­mu­ni­cated to buy­ers, users and spec­i­fiers of treated wood. “Set­ting up a qual­ity sys­tem will in­volve a lot of con­sul­ta­tion and will not be done overnight. As a reg­is­tered brand holder, you will be in­vited to com­ment as the sys­tem evolves and once in place, you will be in­vited to take part. “I hope to de­velop a work­able sys­tem that we can all use to pro­mote our prod­uct and wel­come any in­put you may have. As al­ways, please con­tact me if you have any ques­tions, sug­ges­tions or is­sues.” Jack Nor­ton Mob: +61 (0)4 1898 9398 Fax: +61 (0)7 3311 5612 Skype: jak.nor­ton1

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