Until the 1980s, museums often relied on the use of EtO for fumigation of pests. This report addresses the hazards of EtO in the wake of OHSA’s strict regulations of its use. Robert McGiffen provides a discussion of different types of fumigates, addressing their effectiveness and their hazards.

Just as fumigates can be harmful to living things, they can also damage collections. McGiffen discusses when it is appropriate and necessary to fumigate along with tips for preventing pest infestitation in hopes to avoid fumigation. Also included is a list of companies that can provide equipment and services for fumigation.

See these Connecting to Collections archived webinars for more up-to-date information:

What Lurks Within: Identifying Hazards within Your Collections www.connectingtocollections.org/archiveriskevaluation

Pest Management www.connectingtocollections.org/archivecollectionscare

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Technical Report #4 -A Current Status Report on Fumigation in Museums and Historical Agencies