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Mark on each product will be accepted in lieu of inspection reports, as
evidence of compliance with applicable AWPA treatments Standards.
1.6.2 Plant Inspection. The Contracting Officer reserves the right to
perform plant inspections of the products being treated. The Contracting
Officer is allowed unlimited access to the plant with inspection privileges
for all facets of the treating process.
1.6.3 Branding or Marking.
1.6.3.1 Background. This requirement is frequently overlooked
by activities during the procurement and receipt of treated wood products.
Omission of this requirement on specifications, or failure of activity per-
sonnel to reject unmarked materials upon delivery can be costly to the
activity.  Materials found to be non-conforming to specifications after
delivery may not be returnable to the contractor, because unmarked
products cannot be identified as belonging to a specific contract or con-
tractor. The activity is then left with the option of either installing inferior
materials, which will predictably fail prematurely, or utilize these materials
for less critical projects where premature failures are less costly to repair.
Marking or branding of wood products also serves another important
function; that of providing activities with a means of evaluating product
performance. All branding requirements must minimally require the type
of treatment, the name of the treater and the treatment year. This infor-
mation provides activity inspectors with the means to evaluate product
performance which will subsequently identify shortcomings in the Quality
Assurance Program. Branding also allows activities to evaluate product
performance by given treaters. Thus, branding requirements are critical to
the success of any Quality Assurance Program.
1.6.3.2 Requirements.
General: Treated material shall be either hammer or heat branded, dye
stamped, or tagged with metal, plastic, or water and tear proof paper, in
accordance with AWPA Standards M1 and M6.
Timbers: Sawn material more than 2 inches (nominal) in thickness and
treated with an oil-type preservative shall be individually branded or tagged
on one end except that plywood and lumber less than two inches (nominal)
in thickness may be bundled with weatherproof tags attached to the bundle
to identify species, preservative, retention, supplier, and year of treatment.
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