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The fumigation procedure is used in pest control. In fumigation, a toxic gas is added to a defined and sufficiently gas-tight space to control pests. Because toxic gases are involved, special safety measures are required. Fumigation is used primarily in the storage of organic materials (e.g., grain storage, port warehouses, (shipping) containers, silos, and mills) and objects (e.g., art objects and cultural artifacts in libraries, churches, castles, and museums), and for disinfestation due to health considerations and quarantine regulations on plant materials. Fumigation procedure is now rarely used in the pest control of buildings.
By fumigating food and containers before or during shipments, the goods are to be protected from pests such as insects and fungi. The second is to prevent pests from being introduced to other continents.
Due to the high risks posed by fumigation procedure in pest control to humans and the environment by the toxic gases, a high level of expertise is required from the user of the fumigation procedures. Since fumigation procedure involves the handling of chemicals, the provisions of the Chemicals Act and the Biological Agents Ordinance apply. The person responsible for the fumigation must comply with the relevant regulations and undergo specialized training.
The use of fumigation procedures is common practice in various industries and applications. Especially in export and import trade, the presentation of a fumigation certificate as an approval document is mandatory in certain areas to prove that goods and shipping materials have been properly fumigated. This ensures that pests do not spread unchecked across national borders and stocks of goods.
To maintain high safety standards and obtain the required fumigation certificate when fumigating food and containers, A fumigation checklist for planning, executing, and following up on fumigation procedure is often used in the international trade industry. This ensures that everything is done according to regulations. In addition, data can be collected on fumigant effectiveness and potential hazards such as flammability. Through up-to-date findings, it is hoped to reduce negative impacts on the environment, not transfer harmful residues to the goods, and prevent costly shipping delays.
Whoever wants to carry out fumigation requires a permit from the competent authority. The prerequisite is the sufficient number and reliability of qualification holders. The permit can be issued for a limited period and restricted to certain fumigation activities; these conditions can also be ordered subsequently. With some exceptions, fumigation procedures always take place in closed rooms. Additionally, the fumigation of a container is only permitted on certified fumigation sites, mostly in ports.
To ensure that the fumigation procedure is carried out in accordance with regulations and that there are no frictions with authorities, it is worthwhile to use a fumigation checklist. With their help, the fulfillment of the preceding work, the fumigation procedure, and the approval procedure can be followed closely. In a checklist for a fumigation procedure, the following areas should be represented by checks:
Lumiform's mobile app and desktop software enables efficient planning, monitoring and tracking of fumigation procedures. Using fumigation checklists when fumigating food, containers and other stored goods ensures the reliability of the process and prevents delay in operations and transportation. In addition, a digital tool facilitates compliance with proper fumigation procedure and cost-efficient documentation of fumigation.
No more procedural steps are skipped and all data collected is reliably stored and then summarized in a fumigation report. This minimizes the risks of fumigation to people and the environment as well as to goods. The best prerequisites for obtaining the fumigation certificate and being on the safe side legally. Lumiform's digital application makes it easier for fumigation technicians, their team and affected companies to: