Code of Good Practices - Anti Sapstain documents, presented to IRG meetings in the past, are the basic documents for health and safety of the workers and the environment in Canada. The BC Ministry of Environnment has now issued regulations in the area of effluent discharge. While Pentachlorophenols (PCP) are not used by the industry, the documents are still used as a guideline document for the other anti sapstain chemicals. New chemicals suppliers are adhering to the same format in preparing similar documents, for example, Kop-Cote has issued a Code of Good Practices document on the use of NP-1. In Eastern Canada, Environment Canada and the Atlantic Provinces have now set up a task group to develop a chemical management guidance document for the regional wood protection industry. In the near future, it is expected that a generic code of good practices will be developed based on the chemical management guidance document. The generic code shall be used by all anti sapstain facilities in Canada, irrespective of the chemical used. Code of Good Practices - Wood Preservation documents were published and reported to IRG in earlier meetings. An assessment of effectiveness and use of these documents is nearly complete. Forestry Canada will support other federal departments in setting up a task force to update these documents in 1992. Through a contract, a video has been prepared to increase the awareness among the plant personnel on the Code of Good Practices for oil-borne preservatives. We expect that the IRG Health and Safety Committee will create a dialogue among all the members from different countries so as to increase the awareness of health and safety of workers in the wood preservation industry and the safety of the environment. Information should be exchanged regarding the actual studies, proposed plan etc., so that all can benefit from the work done by others, rather than duplicating the work already done by somebody else. The Committee should set up a task group to prepare a global plan for writing a Code of Good Practices for wood protection and preservation facilities.
Keywords: ANTI-SAPSTAIN TREATMENTS; CANADA; CODE OF GOOD PRACTICES; GLOBAL PLAN; HEALTH & SAFETY; SUB-GROUP