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Use of creosote and creosote-treated timber

Guidance Note 10/2018

Use of creosote and creosote-treated timber

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Building Supplement


Guidance Note


Explores the requirements of EC regulation and how it is implemented in the UK as the REACH enforcement regulations 2008. SI 2008/2852. Looks at composition, sale and use of creosote for non-pressure application and for industrial use in vacuum pressure plants, and supplying/using and disposing of creosoted timber.


Version 10/2018. Supersedes Version 9/2018.


Publisher History

A division of British Wood Preserving and Damp Proofing Association, the Wood Protection Association provides advice on wood species, products, preservatives, fire retardants and safe use of treatments.



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