HandlingUse common sense in handling TWW

With some common-sense precautions, it is safe to handle TWW that is destined for disposal. You can use the same personal protective equipment that you would use in handling untreated wood products.

Take the following precautions when handling TWW:

  • Preserved wood may contain materials which cause skin irritation. Avoid frequent or prolonged skin contact with TWW. When handling the wood, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and use gloves impervious to chemicals (for example, gloves that are vinyl coated).

  • Wear a dust mask to avoid inhalation of sawdust from TWW. If demolition of a treated wood structure requires sawing, wear a dust mask and goggles to protect eyes from flying particles.

  • Follow good personal hygiene after handling TWW. Wash hands and any exposed areas thoroughly after handling, especially before eating, drinking or using tobacco products.

  • If preservative or sawdust from TWW accumulates on clothes, launder before reuse. Be sure to wash work clothes separately from other clothing.

  • TWW should not be burned in open fires or in stoves, fireplaces or residential boilers because hazardous chemicals may be produced as part of the smoke and ashes.

  • Do not grind TWW into mulch for landscaping or for animal bedding.