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Pressure-Treated Lumber
Tue Jul 21 1998

Bullet Follow these precautions from the Environmental Protection Agency when you work with pressure-treated lumber:

  1. Dispose of treated wood by ordinary trash collection or burial. Treated wood should not be burned in open fires or in stoves, fireplaces, or residential boilers, because toxic chemicals may be produced as part of the smoke and ashes. Treated wood from commercial or industrial use (e.g. construction sites) may be burned only in commercial or industrial incinerators or boilers in accordance with state and federal regulations.

  2. Avoid frequent or prolonged inhalation of sawdust from treated wood. When sawing and machining treated wood, wear a dust mask. Whenever possible, these operations should be performed outdoors to avoid indoor accumulations of airborne sawdust from treated wood.

  3. When power-sawing and machining, wear goggles to protect your eyes.

  4. After working with the wood and before eating, drinking or using tobacco products, wash exposed areas thoroughly.

  5. If preservatives or sawdust accumulate on clothes, launder before reuse. Wash work clothes separately from other household clothing.

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