DHA Insights: May 23, 2024


I loved seeing everyone last week at DHA’s annual meeting in Scottsdale. We had several new and many returning members and covered a wide range of topics key to our industry including the economy, policy, trade, and the EU Deforestation Regulation. Save the date for our next annual meeting: May 13–15, 2025, in San Antonio.

During our annual meeting, we elected new leadership, including Kyle Evans of Mullican as Chairman of the Board, Garrett Keil of Murphy Company as Vice Chair, and Rocky Boucher of Columbia Forest Products as Immediate Past Chair. Thank you all for your leadership.

Leadership is essential as we address the many challenges facing our industry. Last week, DHA commented on EPA’s Formaldehyde Draft Risk Evaluation. Our biggest concern is the proposed occupational exposure limit that would be set at what is essentially background level, implying that workers may have to wear respirators at work and then go home to higher levels inside their own homes (and yes, even human breath). This is illogical and could result in new regulations in the coming years.

If you have questions or comments, contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Keith A. Christman, President
Decorative Hardwoods Association