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by Change By Travis Swope Change or Be Changed Recently I attended the Leadership Academy hosted by our colleagues at the National Pest Management Association in Orlando, Fla. I was the only attendee from California, and there was a lot of interest surrounding the upcoming changes for fumigation in our state. Many had heard of the new aeration plan known as CAP and wanted to know more. When I gave them a brief synopsis of what the plan looked like, the next question they asked was, “Is that going to work?” The questions and concerns are valid. California is the only state that has such unique guidelines for aerating a fumigated structure. Currently, we are using the Tarpaulin Removal Aeration Plan (TRAP) which is not a label requirement by any of the three sulfuryl fluoride manufacturers. Other states that have a high volume of fumigations, mainly Florida, Texas, and Hawaii, do not have to comply with this requirement. The fear that they too might soon have to change the way they fumigate may be alarming, but it shouldn’t be when you consider the positive impacts. While the transition to CAP may be challenging, it is understood that this is a necessary step to ensure the safety of our crews. This is a far superior aeration method that not only minimizes the risk of a possible exposure, but it also reduces the potential for having gas remain in the structure when we arrive to perform the certification. We are still in jeopardy of having the gas company move their restore schedule back even further to mitigate the possibility of chloropicrin irritation, and CAP provides us the safety net we need to ensure that the fumigation process doesn’t extend into a fourth day. Statewide training has been conducted to make sure that fumigation companies will be ready for CAP when the deadline to comply arrives sometime in early fall. The initial training was structured not only to provide details of how CAP works, but to demonstrate how to implement the plan by some of the industry leaders that were involved in the early testing. A second round of training is underway by companies that have been doing testing of their own in the last few months to ensure that Branch 3 companies have a working knowledge of CAP so that they can better prepare their customers for the fumigation process. Challenges One of the challenges in actually getting hands-on experience with CAP is the limited availability of the equipment that’s used in www.pcoc.org / Fall 2010 12 http://www.pcoc.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC - Fall 2010

PCOC - Fall 2010
President’s Message
Martyn’s Corner
PCOC’s 2010 Convention and Tradeshow Highlights
Change or Be Changed by Change
Haiti Relief – More Important Than Ever
State Capitol Report
Capitol Scope
Firm Profile
Index to Advertisers

PCOC - Fall 2010