CPSC Denies Petition to Ban CCA Pressure-Treated Wood Playground Equipment

07/01/2004

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted unanimously to deny a petition to ban the use of chromated copper arsenate (CCA) pressure-treated wood in playground equipment. CCA manufacturers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had previously agreed to phase out CCA treatment of wood for most consumer uses by the end of 2003.

Statements by the Commissioners are available at www.cpsc.gov CPSC staff scientists found that some children may face an increased risk of developing lung or bladder cancer over their lifetime from playing on playground equipment made from CCA pressure-treated wood.

To minimise the risk of exposure to arsenic from CCA-treated playground equipment, CPSC recommends that parents and caregivers thoroughly wash children's hands with soap and water immediately after playing on CCA pressure-treated wood playground and that children do not eat while on CCA-treated wood playground equipment.

Source: CPSC

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