Do you know your obligations? As a wholesaler, you are required to provide a Declaration of Performance to your customer. It does not matter what your product supplier says, you must always provide your customer with a DoP. It is the downstream user's duty to verify that the product performance complies with the requirements, so if your customers do not receive a DoP from you, how should they be able to make the right decision?
The construction business is often guided by short delivery times and demands on low pricing. Solving these problems by disregarding correct documentation procedures when you are short on time is the wrong way to go about it. Fire retardant treated wood is not a stock item, but made to order. The products are often customised with regard to lengths, quality, surface treatments, etc. As a wholesaler of wood products, you must therefore take responsibility for the products you deliver to the construction site and ensure that they do not belong to the category of products without CE marking, DoPs or other required documentation. In situations where this mistake has been made, the responsibility of lacking documentation may fall on the seller.
Checklist for wholesalers and buyers
Some important points to consider for you as a seller and buyer of fire retardant treated wood:
- You are required to provide your customer with a DoP.
- Every type of wood should be covered by a CE marking.
- Classifications and fire reports do not provide an adequate basis for documentation. The DoP is a legal requirement.
- You are required to hand over a complete set of product related documents to your customer regarding e.g. operation, care, and maintenance.
- The delivery must be certified with a Certificate of Delivery (CoD) issued by the manufacturer.