PENTA POLES

PENTA POLES

Utility poles treated with pentachlorophenol (penta) are the most common utility poles, accounting for almost 50% of the total market. Like other wood preservatives, penta is a pesticide, which acts against wood-destroying fungi and insects.

Produced commercially since 1936, penta’s popularity for treatment of utility poles stems from the fact that it is a highly effective, economical preservative that controls virtually every type of wood-destroying fungus. Penta also provides protection against a variety of insects such as termites and powder post beetles. In stake tests and actual use, penta has been shown to preserve wood eight to twenty times beyond its normal service life expectancy.

Penta is carried into the pole in a petroleum oil solution. When properly applied, penta remains in treated wood products for many years. However, when present in low concentrations, penta is degradable by sunlight and certain bacteria. Thus, over time, treated wood surfaces become relatively free of penta while the preservative continues to work below the surface.

OSHA HAZARD COMMUNICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PENTACHLOROPHENAL PRESSURE TREATED WOOD

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HAZARD COMMUNICATION LABEL

  • BROWN WOOD PRESERVING CO., INC. 

    Headquarters

    6201 Camp Ground Road
    Louisville, KY 40216
    Telephone: (800)537-1765 / (502)448-2337
    Fax: (502)448-9944

    BROWN WOOD PRESERVING CO., INC. 

    Kennedy Plant

    16851 AL-96
    Kennedy, AL  35574
    Telephone: (205) 596-3529