Danish wood preservatives approval system with special focus on assessment of the environmental risks associated with industrial wood preservatives
The following is a description of the procedure used by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency to assess the environmental risks associated with preservatives used in the pressure impregnation of wood. The risk assessment covers issues considered to be of significance for the environment and which are adequately documented so as to allow an assessment. Such issues are persistence and mobility in soils, bioaccumulation and the impact on aquatic and terrestrial organisms. Unless required in special circumstances, the assessment does not apply to birds and mammals as the normal use of preservative treated wood is not expected to involve any noteworthy exposure of these groups. Approval of wood preservatives will be based on a general assessment of the environmental risk associated with the normal use of wood treated with the preservative in a realistic worst case situation. The assessment may address other aspects such as disposal and total life cycle.
Keywords: DANISH ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY; ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS; PRESERVATIVES; PRESSURE IMPREGNATION; PERSISTENCE; MOBILITY IN SOILS; BIOACCUMULATION; AQUATIC ORGANISMS; TERRESTRIAL ORGANISMS; REALISTIC WORST CASE; DISPOSAL; TOTAL LIFE CYCLE