Note that composite decking along with real wood tends to expand and contract, depending on the weather and moisture content. Past composites were notorious for this but the ingredients are much more stable which results in less contraction. You should allow for expansion and contraction if your deck will be exposed to direct sunlight. Please allow 5mm each side of your deck and ensure your ABS clips are not over-tapped in.
While ECW boards are considered non dangerous and a non hazardous substance. There are some precautions that should be in place.
Store in a cool, shaded area, away from direct sunlight. Avoid inhaling the dust generated when cutting your boards. It is recommended that safety boots are worn, overalls, safety glasses and a dust or respirator with a dust filter which meets the AS/NZS 1715 and AS/NZS 1716 standards.
Skin contact: If skin or hair contact occurs, wash with soap and water. If swelling, redness, blistering or irritation occurs seek medical assistance.
Eye contact: If dust enters eyes, wash out immediately with water. In all cases of eye contamination it is a sensible precaution to seek medical advice.
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