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Canada manages risks from wood preservatives

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has issued a risk management plan (RMP) aimed at reducing risks from the use of heavy duty wood preservatives in wood treatment facilities. It covers creosote, pentachlorophenol, chromated copper arsenate and ammoniacal copper zinc arsenate. The PMRA granted continued registration of these compounds after a re-evaluation in 2011. However, it was decided that there was a need for a further reduction in occupational risks. The Agency drew up the RMP in consultation with stakeholders to reduce exposure and risk in wood treatment facilities.  The PMRA points to the importance of industry stewardship efforts in reducing risks in the wood preservatives sector.


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