PEST CONTROL LEGISLATION
To assist your understanding of Pest Control and what your requirements are, weather you handle food or not, several pieces of legislation exist, these are as follows:
Health and Safety at Work (Etc) Act 1974
Employers must take the necessary measures to ensure the health, safety and welfare, of employees and the public in general, to avoid, for example diseases carried by pests, bites from fleas, slippery conditions caused by bird droppings, and the contamination of food.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1988
These regulations come under the Health and Safety at Work (Etc.) Act 1974, and are designed to protect employees and members of the general public from substances that they may come into contact with whilst at the work place.
The Food Safety Act 1990
Bussinesses that grow, process, store, distribute or sell food must ensure that the food is safe to eat, procedures should be implemented to prevent food and food products from being damaged or contaminated by pests. It is an offence to sell, advertise or be in possession of food that is unfit for human consumption.
The Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995
All food premises should have suitable procedures in place to protect against pest infestations, food must not be contaminated by pests.
Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949
Businesses involved in the manufacture, storage, transportation, or the sale of food must take steps to control any current pest infestation.