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5.5.2.3 Creosote Pressure-Treated Wood.
CONSUMER INFORMATION
This wood has been preserved by pressure treatment with an EPA-registered pesticide containing
creosote to protect it from insect attack and decay. Wood treated with creosote should be used only
where such protection is important.
Creosote penetrates deeply into and remains in the pressure-treated wood for a long time. Exposure
to creosote may present certain hazards. Therefore, the following precautions should be taken both
when handling the treated wood and in determining where to use the treated wood.
USE SITE PRECAUTIONS
Wood treated with creosote should not be used where it will be in frequent or prolonged contact
with bare skin (for example, chairs and other outdoor furniture) unless an effective sealer has been
applied.
Creosote-treated wood should not be used in residential interiors. Creosote-treated wood in inte-
riors of industrial buildings should be used only for industrial building components which are in
ground contact and are subject to decay or insect infestation and wood block flooring. For such
uses, two coats of an appropriate sealer must be applied. Sealers may be applied at the installation
site.
Wood treated with creosote should not be used in the interiors of farm buildings where there may be
direct contact with domestic animals or livestock which may crib (bite) or lick the wood.
In interiors of farm buildings where domestic animals or livestock are unlikely to crib (bite) or lick
the wood, creosote-treated wood may be used for building components which are in ground contact
and are subject to decay or insect infestation if two coats of an effective sealer are applied. Sealers
may be applied at the installation site. Coal tar pitch and coal tar pitch emulsion are effective
sealers for creosote-treated wood-block flooring. Urethane, epoxy and shellac are acceptable
sealers for all creosote-treated wood.
Do not use creosote-treated wood for farrowing or brooding facilities.
Do not use treated wood under circumstances where the preservative may become a component of
food or animal feed. Examples of such use would be structures or containers for storing silage or
food.
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