Safe Handling | Treated Wood

Safe Handling

Pressure-treated wood has chemicals impregnated deep into the fibers. They should always be handled properly to ensure safety. Follow the safe practices listed below when working with pressure-treated wood. Specific work practices may vary depending on the environment and safety requirements of individual jobs.

  • Wear a dust mask and goggles when cutting or sanding wood.
  • Wear gloves when handling wood
  • Wash hands thoroughly with mild soap and water after working with treated wood.
  • Wash work clothes separately from other
  • Pressure-treated wood should not be used where it may come into direct or indirect contact with drinking water, except for uses involving incidental contact such as fresh-water docks and bridges.
  • Do not use pressure-treated wood in circumstances where the preservative may become a component of food, animal feed or beehives.
  • Do not use pressure-treated wood for mulch.
  • All sawdust and debris should be cleaned up and disposed of after construction.*
  • Do not burn pressure-treated wood.*

*Pressure-treated wood may be disposed of in landfills or burned in commercial or industrial incinerators or boilers in accordance with federal, state and local regulations.