Finding a Fumigant
Formaldehyde’s days as a fumigant are numbered, but choosing an alternative isn’t easy. Here are some things to consider…
Andrew Ramage |
Looking back at my time as a laboratory-based microbiologist, I spent most of my career using formaldehyde to fumigate microbiological safety cabinets, high containment level areas and cleanrooms. I performed my first fumigation of a microbiological safety cabinet in 1999 and even then there was talk of formaldehyde being banned for use as a fumigant. It has been suspected for many years that formaldehyde is carcinogenic, so why it has taken so long to be classified as such is a mystery. It is only now, thanks to a combination of REACH regulations and the Biocidal Products Regulation, that its days of use in the EU as a fumigant in “public areas” are numbered. That decision is due imminently and may already have been announced when this article is published...
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