The dip diffusion treatment of tropical building timbers in Papua New Guinea
C R Levy, S J Colwell, K A Garbutt
In Papua New Guinea a dip diffusion process using a multi salt preservative developed by C.S.I.R.0. has been in commercial use for 8 years. Over 200 million super feet (236,000 m³ ) of timber has been treated during this period and current rate of treatment is 34 million super feet (80,400 m³ ) of timber per year in 70 licenced treatment plants. The process has been found to be simple to apply, convenient to control and has proved very successful in the protection of timber used out of ground contact and protected from the rain. No serious health hazards to process operators or product users have come to light. In common with other countries in the wet tropics P.N.G. is faced with very serious biological deterioration hazards to timber in houses but dip diffusion has overcome the major problems. During the 16 years in which dip diffused timber has been in service in P.N.G. there have been no notable falldowns, the only falldowns reported being in mouldings in which heavy dressing has removed the preservative envelope, but this is a very rare occurrence and cannot be considered of economic importance.
Keywords: ANALYSIS; BFCA; CHAIN DIP; CHROME ULCERS; DIFFUSION; POLLUTION; HEALTH HAZARDS; PAPUA NEW GUINEA; QUALITY CONTROL; TROPICS
Conference: 72-10-26/28 Berlin (West), Germany (FRG)