§ Mr. Campbell-Savours
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what steps his Department or the Health and Safety Executive takes to inform the public of the risks arising from the pesticides used in wood treatment.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
The Health and Safety Executive participates in the pesticides safety precautions scheme, which provides for all pesticides to be cleared for safety before being introduced into the United Kingdom. Where the product is to be offered for sale, clearance also includes agreement on a suitable label reflecting risks and recommended precautionary measures. Information on risks and necessary precautions arising from wood treatment is also contained in the recommendation sheets in the 'Chemical Compounds used as Pesticides' series. These are available from the Health and Safety Executive.