Arsenic Treated Wood - Most Applications

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When to Use

City agencies are prohibited from using arsenic treated wood except for certain applications that involve saltwater immersion. Details can be found in the list of Approved Alternatives to Arsenic Treated Wood.  Exemption requests must be submitted to SF Environment.


Consumer, Industrial

Environmental & Health Information

Arsenic is cancer-causing and can be released during processing storage, sawing, during or after disposal. It is only allowed on City properties if it will come in contact with salt water.


Info on this product category: Wood


Consider plastic lumber products as an alternative when durability is essential.

Criteria for Wood

Criteria for Required products:
Wood must meet requirements of the Arsenic Treated Wood Ordinance (Env. Code. Chapt. 13).  Also see

Last updated

Last updated: 
January 10, 2020

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