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Facts about environment and concept

To the right you will find explanations of different concepts related to environmental aspects.


What is meant by the word sustainability? Think about it for a while.

For us at Woodsafe, sustainability implies that we take responsibility for our consumption of Earth's resources within the framework of what we can influence and make decisions about.

The word sustainability is often misused and is used more often in marketing in order to mislead regulatory operators and downstream users to give confidence in product characteristics in several areas.

Ask the question of how the product is produced and what resources are consumed in the production line.

Let us tell you about our work for sustainability and our compliance with the sustainability requirements of the Construction Products Regulation.

Woodsafe is certified according to ISO 14001 for sustainable and long term environmental work.

All chemicals like grease, spray, oil, fuels used in daily operation are carefully selected according to our environmental profile and all residues from our operations are carefully sorted and recycled to the greatest extent possible. The fire retardant products we use for the impregnation process are purchased in Europe and are EU approved substances, and do not exceed the limit values for the environment, health and licensing requirements.

All substances in our effective fire retardant products that may be listed on the REACH list and CLP classification do not exceed any limit or restriction for both fire protection or final product disposal placed on the market.

Woodsafe Timber Protection energy consumption is sourced from biofuel produced locally for heating and processing, our consumption of electricity comes from 100% wind and hydro, our water consumption (5.9%) consists of water and recycled filtered process water.

Our process is carried out in a safe leak proof zone and wastewater from premises cleaning, equipment and more is handled via destruction by a licensed company.

Our approach to sustainability also includes our staff who work under Swedish occupational safety regulations, apart from Eastern European working conditions that are not comparable to our working environment.

Claims about sustainability through natural and organic content are misleading in relation to sustainability. Fire retardant products consisting of hygroscopic substances such as ammonium phosphate, etc., means that the fire retardant is dissolved in an external environment, and is gradually leached into soil and watercourses.

The resulting consequences for construction works include a flammable building with increased risk of damage in all areas e.g. air pollution in the event of fire, and overgrown streams due to eutrophication contributed to by ammonium phosphate. The fact that ammonium phosphate itself is degradable is one thing, but in the meantime soils and watercourses become overgrown.
Had we discussed topics with a focus on agriculture, the debate would be about eutrophication, not fire protection.

Substances such as ammonium phosphate and urea are fertilisers used in agriculture and subject to restrictions on leaching into watercourses etc.
Woodsafe fire protection Woodsafe PRO™ and Woodsafe Exterior WFX™ have durable properties, and therefore have no leakage problems. The products are listed on the WPA approval list for durability such as HR (humidity resistance) and LR (leach resistance).

Natural and organic content does not mean that the product has durable properties.

As a customer, it is very important that you request durable properties against fire in the exterior environment. There is no reason to invest in fire-treated wood if the fire protection does not have any stable and long-lasting properties that remain in the cell structure of the wood, which also violates the PBL requirement for long-term properties.
A common and irresponsible statement doing the rounds is that the impregnation process is modified with an updated impregnation technique, where the fire protection agent is applied to the entire structure of the wood through so-called through-impregnation.

Such assertions are unfounded because the properties of the fire retardant do not have improved properties just because the wood layer is impregnated, a hygroscopic fire retardant is hygroscopic and leaked regardless of what is alleged. It sounds good to many ears, but the professional user will understand this is untrue.

What you as an expert consultant, buyer, customer and especially fire consultant should always check and require from a fire protection treated wood panel supplier, is that you can obtain documentation submitted by third party actors that determine that the fire protection is certified according to EN16755 DRF EXT.

The documentation must indicate whether the product treated with the applicable fire protection should be surface treated or, if possible, be used without surface treatment in an external environment such as Woodsafe Exterior WFX (waterproof impregnation).

Disposal is performed according to the principle of sorting waste wood as combustible timber. Burning the wood yourself is not recommended due to deteriorated combustion characteristics, which can damage small biomass boilers (e.g. a coke coating may be formed). All related documents and appendices can be found on the document download page.

Waste from Woodsafe treated wood should not be used as animal bedding. This means that sawdust, cutter chips, chips must be burned, not reused.

(Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals),

Formally Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), the establishment of a European Chemicals Agency, amending Directive 1999/45/EC and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 793/93 and Commission Regulation (EC) No 1488/94 and Council Directive 76/769/EEG and Commission Directives 91/155/EEG, 93/67/EEG, 93/105/EG and 2000/21/EG, concerning the production and safe use of chemicals. The Regulation was approved by the European Parliament on 13 December 2006 following an informal negotiating agreement with representatives of the Council of the European Union and commenced in June 2007. The main objective of the legislation is to protect human health and the environment from risks from chemicals and to enhance the competitiveness and innovation of the EU chemicals industry.

The regulation means that all chemicals that exceed 1 tonne of weight and which are either produced in the EU or imported must be tested for health and environmental aspects. The chemical must also be registered with the new European Chemicals Agency in Helsinki, Finland.

For certain, especially toxic chemicals, the rules apply irrespective of volume, and for other very toxic chemicals, special permission is required by the European Chemicals Agency (for example carcinogens). Unlike earlier EU legislation, REACH applies to all possible chemicals, both older and new.

The product does not contain brominated substances, but does contain a lesser amount of boric acid in finished impregnated wood product. Limit values for labelling and restrictions are >5.5% (weight% of boric acid). This limit value is not exceeded and therefore Woodsafe PRO impregnated wood and plywood is not subject to mandatory and non-licensed product, nor with candidate product for REACH.

Woodsafe PRO™ does not contain solvents as required for VOC emissions for indoor environments and is subject to VOC approval according to type approval certificates in the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning's BBR, PBL Planning and Building Act. None of our services or wood products are subject to restrictions on downstream users other than recommendations such as AMV and compliance with our product fact sheet.

All related documents and appendices can be found on the document download page. Woodsafe PRO™ meets all relevant requirements including durability requirements described in the Construction Products Regulation CPR 305/2011.

Does not contain brominated substances or boric acid. None of our services or wood products are subject to restrictions on downstream users other than recommendations such as AMV and compliance with our product fact sheet.

Disposal is performed according to the principle of sorting waste wood as combustible timber.

All related documents and appendices can be found on the document download page. Woodsafe Exterior WFX™ meets all relevant requirements including sustainability requirements described in the Construction Products Regulation CPR 305/2011.

In the media, the majority of manufacturers ensure their fire protection wood products do not contain brominated flame retardants.

This information per se is probably not wrong, but it is misleading because brominated flame retardants have not, based on our knowledge after more than 25 years in the industry, been used for fire protection in Europe.

This information is not wrong, but it is misleading.

Flame retardants are used to delay or prevent a material from burning.

Textiles and furniture in the public environment, protective clothing, rubber cables, insulation materials and electrical and electronic equipment are examples of products that may contain flame retardants.

Some flame retardants are hazardous to health and the environment and some are suspected of having endocrine-disrupting properties. There are several hundred different flame retardants, some of which contain bromine. Brominated flame retardants are the most controversial.

Several of the most dangerous flame retardants are prohibited in, for example, electrical and electronic goods.

Flame retardants can leak when goods are manufactured, when they are used and when scrapped.

Brominated flame retardants remain in nature for a long time, accumulate in organisms and are poisonous. They can be transported over long distances by air.

We can consume flame retardants, for example, through food, mainly fish.

Many flame retardants are collected in dust indoors, but cleaning and ventilation reduces the amount. Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) and decabromodiphenyl ether(DBDE) are on the Candidate List of particularly hazardous substances.