Improving confidence in treated timber
From the Timber Preservers Association of Australia
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