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Developments in the protection of wood and wood-based products
1980 - IRG/WP 340
Technology is playing an increasingly important role in the field of wood protection. This current review highlights how modern techniques have provided greater insight into the biological and physical processes affecting the durability of wood and wood-based products. Emphasis is also given to developments in preservative testing methodology and to the encouraging changes towards both the correct use of timber and the improvement of Standards and Codes of Practice. A final section, on recent technical developments in wood preservation, considers subjects ranging from an evaluation of new specific biocides to methods of increasing the permeability of refractory timber species.
J M Baker

Regulatory and Consumer Challenges Facing Timber Preservation and Durability Interests in New Zealand and Australia
2003 - IRG/WP 03-20282
Timber preservation and durability interests in Australia and New Zealand are facing many challenges and threats arising from regulation and standards changes, to direct competition from competitive materials producers. Industry can address these challenges by pro-active initiation of sound, holistic, research, that addresses the performance needs of the regulators and specifiers and the expectations of consumers. Opportunities do exist for producers of treated timber particularly related to termite management, CCA alternatives and bushfire protection.
C MacKenzie

Generic code of good practices for wood protection facilities. Part 1: Wood protection (antisapstain) facilities
1993 - IRG/WP 93-50003
In general, the potential of high toxicity (aquatic and human) of wood protection (antisapstain) chemicals dictates the need to protect the environment and humans from its harmful effects. This document is a compendium of recommendations for the design and operating practices of wood protection facilities. The suggested recommendations focus on achieving the objectives of protecting the environment and workers in a wood protection facility from harmful exposure to wood protection chemicals.
G Das, V N P Mathur

Canadian code of good practices - Recommendations for design and operation of wood preservation facilities
1990 - IRG/WP 3582
The rationale and procedures for the development of a set of recommendations for design and operation of wood preservation facilities in Canada are discussed. Multi stake holders involvement in problem identification, problem assessment, state of the art knowledge database, implementation and periodic assessment procedures are important considerations for the successful development of a Code of Good Practices for wood preservation facilities.
V N P Mathur, G Das

World list of wood preservative names
1980 - IRG/WP 387
The list contains names that have been collected by the author over many years and includes besides traditional wood preservatives, exterior wood finishes and preservative stains, and some preservative coatings. Generally, however, primers and paints have been deliberately excluded. The list includes also products that have been claimed as wood preservatives, as well as a few fire-retardant coatings and wood preservative-cum-fire-retardants. A few of the names may not be wood preservatives themselves but commercial products used in wood preservative formulations. To emphasize the disclaimer made in the Foreword it can be stated that quite a few of the names listed are products which are now known to be obsolete. Some may be old products about which there is little or no information. Some are only experimental products later superceded by others considered better. Others may have been withdrawn as a result of their failure in practice or marketing. Names of products which are obsolete or about which there is little or no information available are marked with an asterisk. It is not possible in this report to give details of composition. Some of these details may be known only confidentially, but another problem is that it is known that formulations change over the years and yet sometimes the trade or brand name is retained. One known wood preservative for example, has changed not only its composition four times over the years, but has also changed its basic type. Also some products may vary depending on in which country they are sold. The type of preservative and, as far as possible, the country of origin or manufacture are indicated. It is realized that with changes over the years and with the formation of multi-national corporations, more than one country may now manufacture the same product. The list will have to be amended as the information becomes known.
R Cockcroft