Technical and Special Committee Membership

After becoming a member of the association, many individuals join AWPA's Technical and Special Committees.  A member may apply for membership on a Special committee at any time, but for Technical Committee membership, he or she may not apply until 365 calendar days after being accepted for Association membership or after attending a full meeting of the committee to which application is being made.

Note that association membership is not a requirement for Technical or Special Committee membership, but reasonable fees must be charged by AWPA to offset the cost of committee activities.  In most cases, these committee activity fees are similar to those charged for association membership, so all of our committee members are currently association members.

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AWPA standards and programs are developed through its committees as follows:

Protectant/Preservative Technical Committees:

P-1 General Administrative. Comprised of the officers of all Protectant Committees, it is responsible for coordination of activities between all Protectant Committees.  Membership is limited to and automatically conferred upon the officers of all other "P" Committees.

P-3 Oilborne and Creosote-based Preservative Systems. Jurisdiction over all preservatives which use a hydrocarbon solvent as a carrier, or organic/organometallic preservatives which do not use carrier systems.

P-4 Waterborne Preservative Systems. Jurisdiction over all preservatives and fire retardants which use water or aqueous solutions as a carrier, or inorganic preservatives which do not use carrier systems.

P-5 Methods for Chemical Analysis of Preservatives. Jurisdiction over all analytical method procedures (AWPA “A” Standards).

P-6 Methods for Evaluation of Wood Preservatives. Jurisdiction over all evaluation method procedures (AWPA “E” Standards).

P-9 Non-Biocidal Wood Protection. Jurisdiction over all means of protecting wood which do not use preservative biocides.

Treatments Technical Committees:

T-1 General Administrative.  Comprised of the officers of all Treatments Committees, it is responsible for coordination of activities between all Treatments Committees.  Membership is limited to and automatically conferred upon the officers of all other "T" committees. 

T-2 Lumber and Timbers.  Jurisdiction over standards or portions thereof pertaining to most sawn products.

T-3 Piles and Ties.  Jurisdiction over standards or portions thereof pertaining to roundwood foundation, building, or marine piles, and sawn railroad crossties and switchties.

T-4 Poles and Posts.  Jurisdiction over standards or portions thereof pertaining to roundwood or glued-laminated utility poles or building poles, or round, half-round, and quarter-round posts.

T-7 Quality Control and Inspection.  Jurisdiction over standards pertaining to the inspection of treated wood products or quality control procedures.

T-8 Composites and Manufactured Products.  Jurisdiction over standards or portions thereof pertaining to composite wood products.

T-11 Nonpressure Applications.  Jurisdiction over standards or portions thereof pertaining to primary or manufactured wood products treated with preservatives by coating, dipping, incorporation in furnish during manufacturing, or other means of preservative application which do not use traditional vacuum-pressure treatment methods.

Special Committees:

S-2 Wood Protection Research Committee.  Focuses on research issues involving wood protection.

S-3 Treated Wood Use, Handling and Disposal/Recycle Committee.  Responsible for suggesting amendments to appropriate Standards.

S-8 Plant Operations Committee.  Focuses on treating plant operations and environmental regulations.