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Pests and the law. The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974

24-09-2018


When you work with a pest control company, it’s good to be clear what health and safety policies you need in place for your business. Under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, you have to follow strict guidelines to protect your staff, your customers and the general public. You do this through following the pest control laws and ensuring safe working practices. 

There are a few things you need to consider when it comes to pest laws and the Health & Safety at Work Act. Below we’ve listed the top questions you should be asking yourself as a business owner to remain compliant with the law. 

• How do you look out for everyone’s safety?

Pest control technicians coming into your business should be specially trained to take care of your specific problem. They should also be wearing personal protective equipment at all times. Assess the hazards any pesticide use could have on your clients, your staff and members of the general public. 

• How are you protecting the pest control treatment area? 

You need to keep everyone away from the treatment area until it’s deemed safe enough to re-enter. You should also have clear post-treatment instructions with a view to health and safety once the procedure is done. 

• How safe are the pest control techniques your using? 

Ensuring maximum safety in the workplace is paramount for any business. Make sure that your pest control measures are safe for everyone. All of your staff should be informed of any pest control taking place. 

• Are you following the laws and regulations?

Professional pest controllers should always use the safest products available. All pest control treatments should be carried out in accordance with the guidelines of the Health & Safety Act 1974. Remember that if you work around food you will also have to follow the Food & Environmental Act 1985.  

• Are you filing the proper safety paperwork? 

All pest control treatments should be documented. A risk assessment should be carried out before the pest controllers come in, and this needs to be recorded in the proper way. Ask you pest controller about what products they will be using in what quantities, the areas being treated and what personal protective equipment will be needed. 

Catch-it Pest Control offer commercial pest control contracts for businesses to make sure you comply with the Health & Safety Act 1974 in your workplace. 

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