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Overview of NEW California Aeration Plan (CAP) for Branch 1 Structural Fumigations By James Shattuck, CDPR Structural Enforcement Program Branch 1 Fumigator members should be familiar with the New California Aeration Plan (CAP), which took effect this spring. CAP is a Fumigation Safety Program, approved by Director Brian R. Leahy of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), as described in Title 3, California Code of Regulations section 6780 (c). Overall, the new plan allows for a more effective, streamlined and more modern regulatory framework. The goal of the new CAP is to help reduce the potential exposure from structural fumigations during aeration. It clarifies aeration ducting placement and remote opening of ducts, develops a range for both inlet sizes and the number of inlets to number of ducts, sets a standard for ducting material, and addresses use of reduced chloropicrin (warning agent) rates when practical. The revisions also provide for uniformity of enforcement by regulatory personnel. The state’s 55 County Agricultural Commissioner (CAC) Structural Enforcement personnel began enforcement of the New CAP on May 20, 2013. This provided time for structural fumigators to obtain new or modify existing equipment. It also allowed for training of structural fumigators and the CAC staff on the new CAP. Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB) staff mailed the New CAP to all registered Branch 1 companies in April 2013. Photo courtesy of California Department of Pesticide Regulation CAP may be used for all structural fumigations such as dwellings, multi-unit buildings, commercial and industrial structures as well as garages/carports, boats, sheds, gazebos and transport vehicles. Employers may use CAP in lieu of requiring air-supplied respirator equipment or continuous monitoring when aerating tarp-contained or tape/seal structural fumigations with sulfuryl fluoride. While the use of a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) is legally acceptable under DPR regulations for removing tarps from any structure, the CAP minimizes the potential injury to workers by providing the option to remove the tarps without the use of SCBA. CAP supersedes “Aeration Procedures 1 and 2” on all structural sulfuryl fluoride (SF) labeling; all other SF labeling must be followed. The New CAP was amended in DPR’s Enforcement Letter 2013-07, which supersedes the previous instructions outlined in DPR’s Enforcement Letter 2010-20 “Implementation of California Aeration Plan for Structural Fumigations” and Enforcement Letter 2011-16 “CAP Frequently Asked Questions.” The process to revise CAP began in July 2012 at the direction of DPR and was a collaborative team effort of structural fumigators, a SF registrant, DPR www.pcoc.org / Fall 2013 17 & CAC staff. It was a productive ninemonth process of in-person meetings and phone conferences. The final document is a reflection of those efforts. Collaborators included: Pest Control Operators of California Fumigation Enforcement Subcommittee members Travis Swope, Mike Watkins, Lee Whitmore led by committee chair John Sansone, Stan Woodward of DowAgroSciences, DPR’s Peggy Byerly, James Shattuck, Kathy Boyle, Harvard Fong, Tom Ineichen, Ron Moss and Los Angeles CAC representative Sherlan Neblett on behalf of Orange, San Diego, and Santa Clara CACs. Prior to May 20, 2013 the PCOC Fumigation Sub-committee provided statewide training of the New CAP to more than 300 structural fumigators. Training took place in Long Beach, San Diego, San Jose, Fresno and Goleta. CAC structural enforcement staff received training from Sub-committee members and DPR staff at several locations statewide. Jim Shattuck currently serves as the manager of Department of Pesticide Regulation’s Structural Enforcement program, and as DPR’s liaison with the Structural Pest Control Board. He has worked for the DPR for more than 30 years and can be reached via email at Jim.Shattuck@cdpr.ca.gov. http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/enforce/compend/vol_4/append6.pdf http://www.pcoc.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC - Fall 2013

President’s Message
Martyn’s Corner
PCOC Expo 2013: A Pictorial Highlight
Expo 2013 Bed Bug Presentation: Control and Management Updates
Overview of NEW California Aeration Plan (CAP)
Calbug Project: Public Needed to Uncover Clues in Natural History Collections
Your Guide to Social Media Startup
Federal Update
Insurance Small Employer Responsibilities under Health Care Reform Act
State Capitol Report Back to Business
Firm Profile Round the Clock Pest Control
Index to Advertisers
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