IN-GROUND PASTE is intended for heavy duty protection of timber and timber structures against fungal decay and borers particularly in ground contact. Examples are groundline treatment of poles, exposed endgrains, pile tops, bolt holes, interfaces and joints: any high hazard situations where exposure and dampness could promote decay. IGP does have a significant level of deterrence to certain species of termites although the product is not promoted as a termiticide as such. Users are advised that additional protective measures against termites may be required in some situations
Directions For Use
For pole groundline treatment apply an even coating at least 6mm thick over the area to be protected. The normal recommendation is to coat the pole from approximately 450mm below ground to 1 100mm above ground. It is strongly recommended that for groundline treatments a wax or plastic coated paper or other light bandage material (ie light plastic) is wrapped around the pole over the IGP application. The light bandage will maximise absorption into the pole and significantly enhance the performance of the product. For above ground treatments (exposed endgrain or pile tops) apply a coat up to 6mm thick over the full area requiring protection. A temporary bandage or covering may be required to prevent loss of product if rain is expected within 24 hours of application. For interfaces and timber joints apply a coat up to 3mm thick over the full area before joining.
On exposure to air the emulsion will darken and form a skin within a few hours. The oil component will continue to be absorbed and will creep along the timber grain. A dark green to black residue may remain and is easily scraped off. The timber itself where treated will change to a dark brown or black colour. Absorptionmay take up to two weeks out of ground contact. Re-application requirements will depend on the nature of the item being protected and the severity of the hazard. Extensive field testing has shown that IGP can provide protection from decay even in ground contact for over 10 years. In practice, for ground contact situations such as utility poles piles and other structures, re-inspection is recommended after 5 years and re-application should be done at least every 10 years in most cases.
Oil resistant gloves should be worn when using the product, Excessive contact with the product can cause dryness and mild irritation to the skin. Similarly eye protection should be used when working overhead or with pressurised applications. Wash hands with soap and water after use. The product will stain clothing and animal hair, eg. wool.
First Aid Instructions
If poisoning occurs, contact a doctor or Poison Information Centre (13 11 26).
Eyes Hold eyes open, flood with water for at least 15 minutes – see a doctor.
Skin Remove contaminated clothing and wash skin thoroughly with soapy water.
Inhalation Remove to fresh air.
If Swallowed DO NOT induce vomiting. Give a glass of water to drink and transport to hospital.