Painting creosote on a fence

Painting creosote on a fence

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Credit: CORDELIA MOLLOY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Painting creosote on a fence. Creosote is a wood preservative derived from coal tar. It is toxic to animals and fungi that infest wood as well as offering effective water proofing. Creosote is a hazardous substance. Close contact through skin, inhalation or ingestion can cause burning, respiratory irritation and other health problems. It also causes cancer in animal studies and is a regulated in the EU for sale only to professional users.

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Keywords: 21st century, brush, carcinogen, carcinogenic, chemical, chemistry, coal tar, creosote, fence, hazard, hazardous, home, household, painting, poison, poisonous, preservative, toxic, toxicity

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