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May 2014 Issue


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 Other Information Around the IPPC Mark 


If other information is required on WPM, regardless of the type (i.e. bar codes, company name, marketing or size information), ALSC has stated that the distance this information needs to be from the ISPM 15 mark should follow their regulation on grade marks.  This comes from the ALSC Ratified Staff Responses date November 11, 2011 and states "web-addresses, marketing information and other similar information could be shown...provided the information is 6 or more inches away from the grade mark".   For ISPM 15, this means that any information that is added to the WPM needs to be 6 or more inches from the IPPC mark.  


Current Format Required by July 1st



ALSC has informed all agencies that IPPC marks used by the facilities they monitor must be updated to the current format by July 1st of this year.  The format (shown above) with the trademark on the outside of the box is the most current format that will be required for every facility to use.  Many facilities are already using this format and will be unaffected by this requirement.  Your inspector will be discussing this transition with you and will be able to determine if new marks are required at your facility.  This requirement will not affect the validity of any previously marked WPM with the older format.  Please make sure that your marks are up-to-date with the current format by the end of June.


HT Chamber

          Are Your Probes Sealed?                 


Probes that are properly placed and sealed are essential to correctly heat treating WPM.  Heat chamber probes should be placed in the thickest wood in the chamber, at the correct depth and properly sealed in order to ensure that all parts of the WPM reach the required temperature for the required amount of time.  Common ways to seal probes include plumbers putty and ear plugs.  Probes that are not properly sealed can lead to inaccurate temperatures and insufficient treatment of the WPM. If you have a question related to the proper use of probes in your heat chamber, please speak with your inspector.


For more information, Contact:
EST, CST:  Matt McGowan  (770) 922-8000 ext. 156  [email protected]
PST, MST:  Casey Dean      (360) 449-3138 ext. 12    [email protected]