Back in 2017 the Timber Trade Federation and Wood Protection Association collaborated on a survey to fully understand the key strategic priorities required to support and promote treated timber in the UK.

The findings identified a need to provide the market with further confidence in the performance of treated timber via a robust independent audit process.

Key areas where documented evidence is required to comply with an independent Benchmark treatment audit:

  • Clear identification on paperwork of the use class of the treated timber supplied
  • Treatment processes operating systems
  • Management procedures
  • Treatment Records, and audit trail
  • Treated timber test data to verify a ‘safe relationship’ between treatment operation records, and physical timber analysis

During the first half of 2022 there was close coordination between our site operations, treatment suppliers and industry experts to prepare our existing robust control systems for Benchmark audits.

During July a number of James Jones's sites went through a rigorous independent audit process via the Wood Protection Association, and we are delighted to confirm our certification and compliance with the requirements of the Benchmark Approved Treater Scheme at Mosstodloch, Aboyne, Kirrimuir, Lockerbie and Hangingshaw.

This foundation has allowed us to also comply with the Benchmark Product requirements for UC4 ground contact timbers at these sites.

The Benchmark certifications endorse that our customers will continue to receive consistent quality with James Jones & Sons' treated timber products, fit for purpose in their intended end use applications.

For more information, please visit the WPA website