b. Gas detection and concentration measurement devices specific for phosphine
should be used to monitor the atmosphere both around and under fumigation. Routine
monitoring procedures will provide information pertinent to safe working conditions.
c. DO NOT WORK ALONE. The normal fumigation requirement for a minimum
of two pest control personnel to be present during fumigation is applicable when using
d. Post Phostoxin fumigation signs at all entrances and on stacks.
e. Gloves must be worn when handling Phostoxin tablets or pellets and should
be disposed of after each use. Usually, they are thin, rubber disposable gloves.
f. No smoking will be permitted by personnel engaged in Phostoxin fumigation
g. The individual in charge of Phostoxin fumigation will have the responsibility
to notify station security and fire supervisors and the resident medical authority that
fumigation operations will occur. The building number, the proposed length of
fumigation time, and the name of the toxic material should be given to these
4-17. MILITARY APPLICATION
a. The simplicity and safety associated with the handling and application of
aluminum phosphide fumigation make it particularly adaptable to military use. It should
be emphasized that when using other fumigants for warehouse application, the
premises must be vacated. In-place fumigation under tarp with aluminum phosphide
can be accomplished without disruption of normal warehouse work schedules and
without vacating or restricting access to the area, providing recommended procedures
are followed carefully.
b. In-transit railcar fumigation was implemented on all military flour contracts
beginning 1 May 1970.
c. Employment of aluminum phosphide fumigation techniques can provide an
effective fumigation capability at the station or unit level, both in CONUS and overseas.
4-18. RESIDUAL EFFECT
Phosphine fumigation offers no residual protection against subsequent
infestation. Therefore, good sanitation practices, standard warehouse insect control
procedures, and adequate segregation of highly infestable, suspect commodities (such
as flour) are necessary to maintain insect control and limit reinfestation potential.