Changes to Aus Standards - What you should know.

As trained, insured and qualified timber pest inspectors,  Pest Control Technicians are obliged to carry out all works, including Termite Treatments & Inspections, in accordance with the Australian Standards. The Standards ensure the industry is kept up to date and operational in line with the changes in technologies. Although deemed voluntary, in Australia, they form part of the law and are considered to be the "benchmark of acceptability", in other words, the bare minimum you should expect from your Pest Controller or Pest Control Company. 

Standards are voluntary documents that set out specifications, procedures and guidelines that aim to ensure products, services, and systems are safe, consistent, and reliable
— www.standards.org.au
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In December 2017, A new Australian Standard, AS3660.2:2017 Termite Management Part 2: In and around existing buildings and structures was published. Although, the majority of the changes introduced in this new Standard relate to the way in which, we the pest controller, report our findings and document the use of chemicals, there is one major change that will affect clients as well. This major change is the banning of Arsenic Dust or more specifically the use of 'Any dust bearing the pesticide registrar’s label warning ‘DANGEROUS POISON’ shall not be used in an occupied structure'. 

In years gone past, Arsenic Trioxide was commonly used in the treatment of live termites and termite colonies. Although effective in treatment and elimination of Termites, the use of Arsenic poses many health threats, both short and long term, to not only the technician applying the dust (with ongoing exposure), but also the occupants of the property.  The main concern, the residual chemical present, which remains, long after the termites have been eliminated. A quick google search for Arsenic MSDS, and you will find further confirmation of a very hazardous chemical in case of ingestion or inhalation with Carcinogenic Effects.  In the past, this stuff was applied to the timber in the walls, floors, skirting boards in a customers home. 

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Over the past 2 decades, we have seen a major change away from the use of Arsenic based dust products, to new products containing active ingredient Fipronil, proven to just as effective and much safer for use in your home to treat termites. Products such as Termidor, Manufacturer by BASF, have changed the way the modern day pest control technician can safely treat Termites within the homes of their clients. 

For more information in relation to Termite Treatments or Products, Contact Multipest on 07 3390 1353 or info@multipest.com.au