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A voluntary system to control the usage of wood preservatives in Austria
1993 - IRG/WP 93-50001-28
In 1991, approximately 8000 tons of solvent based and 1000 tons of mostly chromium containing water based preservatives were sold on the market annually. Already in 1959 the Austrian Wood Preservative Examination Committee (AWPEC) was founded. From the beginning, the aim was to achieve a quality control system for wood preservatives to protect both the end user of preservatives and the environment. Although there is no official regulative for wood preservatives by the Austrian Government, this voluntary system is widely accepted by customer and industry. In 1992, nearly 90% of products sold on the market are registered in the "Österreichisches Holzschutzmittelverzeichnis". Besides, the principals of the Austrian Voluntary Control System, regulatives of the Austrian Government (e.g.: the organic solvent regulation), to some extent may influence the wood preservative market are described.
R Gründlinger, H Hofer