A Guide to Legislation and the Control of Pests
Pest Control and the Law
There are several pieces of legislation that apply to the control of pests and pest prevention, although differing industries based within Maidenhead and Berkshire have specific health, safety and hygiene rules to follow; all businesses and employers have a specific duty of care with regard to protecting its workforce from pests and the hazards posed by pest infestation in the workplace.
Maidenhead Pest Control can help you comply with these regulations and help you to maintain a pest free environment for the protection of your work force and customers. Any pest inspection service, treatments or pest prevention advice we supply are designed to help you reduce risk, reduce waste and protect yourself from prosecution.
The articles of legislation laid out below apply to the control of pests in commercial and retail properties and these are enforced by agencies such as the Local Authority Environmental Health Department and Trading Standards. We can also help domestic homeowners with pest prevention and often liaise with Local Authorities on matters relating to rodent infestation from neighbouring properties.
Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949
This Act is aimed at the presence of pests such as rats and mice either on land or within a building that are affecting other properties and this Act enables the Local Authority to take enforcement action to eradicate rats and mice from a property. This Act will also include any businesses which manufacture, store and transport food stuffs as contamination by pest feaces and urine have serious health risks. The use of this Act is especially useful when looking to obtain outdoor pest control when rats are migrating in from neglected properties.
Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995
The regulations are for food proprietors and outline the basic rules that state that they should make sure all food is supplied in a hygienic way, and that all food safety hazards such as rats and mice are identified and that you know the critical activities for food safety and that safety controls are in place. A regular pest monitoring contract can assist you meet your obligations to these regulations and provide you with constant security from rodent or insect infestation.
Food Safety Act 1990
The responsibility on businesses under the Food Safety Act is to ensure that the food they sell is safe to the health of the people consuming it and that the food served is of a nature, substance and quality which those consumers expect. This Act outlines the need for business owners to take ‘due diligence’ – this happens by employing a professional pest controller to monitor and deal with infestations in a timely manner, a pest control monitoring contract helps you in meeting the obligations laid out in the Act.
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
Any employer must take the necessary measures to secure the in the workplace; the health, safety and welfare of their employees and for any visiting contractors – for example: clean ups and bird proofing of contaminated lift motor rooms after pigeons have gotten in and started roosting. This action protects visiting contractors and any staff that may have to work there, the HASAW Act is the primary piece of legislation covering all workplace health and safety and carries heavy penalties.
Maidenhead Pest Control are professional pest exterminators and covers Maidenhead , Ascot and Windsor and our principal aim is to deliver a complete pest removal service with complete satisfaction for all of our customers. We provide single treatments, courses of treatments for heavy infestations and regular service contracts of detailed monitoring and ongoing proofing tailor made for our clients needs.