[strawbale] railway sleepers
c'Lanne moroney CAMP
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Sat Feb 18 12:36:30 CET 2006
the jury is still out on the exact toxicity of railway sleepers, but
personally, the argument for limited re-use is strong - weathering
has generally ensured that most of the tar/creosote has off-gassed/
been emitted, but traces remain and in building a
natural-material/healthy building, the risk is too great, i feel....
 From June 30th EEC and British Dept Trade & Industry ruling that:
~ All creosoted railway sleepers can continue to be sold and used
safely with some exceptions and guidelines:
- They should not to be used for childrens play areas, toys, garden
furniture, picnic tables, inside buildings
- They should not be used where there is a risk of frequent skin
contact, or where they may come into contact with food stuffs
- There is NO problem with new untreated or pressure treated
sleepers, or used untreated, pressure treated or salt treated sleepers.
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