perform and/or retain services for any of the inspections set forth in the procurement contract.
Tests to verify the accuracy of inspection reports furnished by the supplier shall be all at the ex-
pense of the purchaser and made either by the purchaser, or by commercial inspection companies
retained by the purchaser. The purchaser may elect to employ the services and accept the brand
(Quality Marks) of an independent quality control agency. A list of certified Quality Control In-
spection Agencies can be obtained from the cognizant EFD Wood Protection Specialist.
6.2.3 U.S. Navy Policy. It is the policy of the U.S. Navy to obtain independent inspection
for verification to avoid conflicts of interests and appearances of such, therefore, wood products
purchased by the Navy shall be inspected by the government or by an inspection agency inde-
pendent of the producer company. The Navy requires that either (1) an independent inspection
agency verify that the treated wood products comply with the appropriate AWPA standards or (2)
that the treated wood products are stamped by an inspection agency which verifies compliance
with the appropriate AWPA standards.
6.2.4 Spot Checking Incoming Shipments. Spot checking of materials being received is
one of several important components of a quality assurance-oriented inspection process. The
complexity of the procurement system with the involvement of Navy and non-Navy participants
creates opportunity for substandard materials to enter into the supply chain. Spot checking of in-
coming shipments at the point of destination is needed to verify that incoming materials have
received an independent inspection, meet the requirement of standards referenced in procure-
ment documents, and are the correct products for their intended use. Specific procedures are
spelled out in the NAVFAC Field Guide for the Receipt and Inspection of Treated Wood
Products by Installation Personnel.
188.8.131.52 Referral. If there is suspicion that the incoming shipment was not in-
spected, or does not meet requirements of the procurement specifications, the inspector should
reject the shipment. Prior to rejection or acceptance, the inspector may seek assistance from the
local Naval Facilities Engineering Field Division Applied Biologist for assistance to make this
184.108.40.206 Evidence of Independent Inspection. All, treated piling, building poles,
lumber, timbers and plywood shall have a mark or stamp on each piece and also be accompanied
by a copy of the inspection report of an independent inspection agency certifying that the items
comply with the appropriate AWPA standards as proof that those items received an independent
inspection. For products treated in accordance with AWPA specifications the common symbols
for wood species and preservatives will be used on all commodities. These are shown in Table 6-1.
Power poles should show the hammer mark (Figure 6-1) of an approved inspection agency in the
butt end of each pole as proof of inspection after treatment. Millwork, inspected and approved by
the National Wood Window and Door Association, should bear a NWWDA "Quality Certified"
brand (Figure 6-2) as proof of inspection. Examples of independent inspection, the quality marks
of the American Wood Preservers Bureau and the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau are shown in
Figures 6-3 and 6-4 respectively.