Advanced Control of All Perceived Risks

Pest

Microorganism.
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Strategies, activities, and infrastructure

Use high-efficiency HVAC system air filtration (MERV 15 or higher air filtration) (Tétreault ) to lower spore concentration and mitigate any building flooding, or HVAC system-failure-induced mould risk.

Pest

Insect.
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Strategies, activities, and infrastructure

Hold food waste in a coldroom (e.g. a stipulation in the Quebec building code) or immediately dispose of waste in external compactors. Metal and slab concrete building fabric is designed to control insect entry. Store high-vulnerability, high-value items in hermetic or tightly sealed cabinets or containers such as jars, plastic boxes, or vials. Detect insect action by using adhesive trapping throughout the building, concentrating on high-risk zones. Conduct an annual complete inspection of collections and galleries for insect activity. Plot pest activity by mapping (methods range from paper records to using a Geographic Information System) to ensure control activities cover all sightings. Deliberately seal a collection storeroom to prevent insect entry. Design collection storage areas to be cooled to between 10 and 15°C to limit insect activity if collections are highly vulnerable and open shelving is common (e.g. herbarium, large mammal specimens).

Routinely use quarantine accompanied by a response treatment (controlled atmosphere or thermal control method) for all objects acquired, on loan, or showing insect pest activity. Apply control methods to all objects in collections (e.g. from gnats to elephants). In large organizations, penalties for deliberate failure to comply with quarantine regulations may be needed because of the high hazard presented by non-compliance in stored and vulnerable collections or by the cost of remediation.

Pest

Rodent.
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Strategies, activities, and infrastructure

Install rodent barrier doors (tight closure, metal fabric). Control exterior conditions, such as rodent-proofed garbage compactors, or good neighbourhood sanitation. Implement a detection program as stated in the basic and intermediate level recommendations.

Pest

Bird and bat.
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Strategies, activities, and infrastructure

Control as stated in the basic level recommendations.

CCI Technical Bulletin 29.

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