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Tuesday, 12 November 1974
Page: 2285

Senator Withers asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

Does the Department of Health ensure that all fumigation processes are carried out by trained and experienced operators.

Senator Wheeldon - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Fumigation processes undertaken by the Department of Health are earned out by trained and experienced officers.

Where fumigation processes are carried out by commercial operators, the Department of Health has no jurisdiction over their training of experience. However, the operations are supervised by quarantine personnel to ensure that correct quantities and concentrations of fumigant are used and that the prescribed time of gas exposure is observed.

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