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(FIFRA) as pesticides. Only Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
registered materials are approved for use; all recommendations made
are based on this requirement. OPNAVINST 6250.4A requires that all
pesticide usage, contractor or in-house, be reported on NAV-
FACENGCOM Form 6250/2 (in-door applications) or 6250/3 (out-door
applications).
NOTE: It is important to remember -
only EPA, DOD or State (contractors)
certified pesticide applicators are
permitted to apply wood preservatives
termiticides, herbicides, or conduct
fumigation operations on Navy
activities.
Safety is always an important consideration when handling preservative-
treated wood. Users of preservative-treated wood should carefully fol-
low the safety precautions outlined in the Consumer Information Sheet
(CIS) and Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) supplied by most pes-
ticide formulators. For additional information users should contact the
cognizant EFD Applied Biologist [See Appendix (A)] or local Industrial
Hygienist.
Wood preservative chemicals bind tightly to the wood fibers and when
handled properly pose little health risk. Individuals should wear long
sleeve shirts, coveralls and chemical resistant work gloves when handling
treated wood products to avoid prolonged or repeated skin contact.
When cutting, drilling or machining treated wood products, a dust
respirator should be worn to avoid inhalation of sawdust. The amount of
dust and associated preservative chemical inhaled can be significant if an
individual is not properly protected.
3.0 WOOD POLE INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROCE-
DURES.
3.1 Introduction.  Periodic and thorough inspections of wood
poles is vital for maximizing service life and determining requirements
for repair, modification or upgrading. Inspections provide knowledge of
the component, loadings to which it is subjected, quality of materials in-
volved, condition, and effectiveness of fasteners and other hardware. All
must be known in order to evaluate the ability of a structure or its com-
ponents to perform its intended function, and to determine necessary
maintenance procedures for improving performance.
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