Pests have the potential to contaminate the workplace, spread disease, damage products, foodstuffs and property, and even ruin your reputation leading to loss of business and even prosecution. If you have a pest problem, you are responsible for a site that attracts pests. It's essential that you put the right provisions in place to protect you and your customers
Insects, rodents and birds can easily contaminate food, operational equipment and work surfaces with their excreta, hairs or body parts. These are potential pathogens, spreading disease and giving rise to ‘foreign body’ complaints. Parasites carried by pest species can also be passed on to humans causing illness and stress.
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Rodents cause a wide range of damage due to their gnawing habits. Their strong teeth can easily puncture wood and aluminium and can cause damage to property; even fires if electric cables are attacked. Rodents will also eat a wide range of foodstuffs and can damage or contaminate many tonnes of product rendering it useless.
Insect infestations are also a major concern. Foodstuffs can be decimated by insects, with consignments being rejected and finished goods recalled if insect contamination is present. Insects can block production machinery, and the downtime caused by the presence of insects in a food related site can be long and costly. Animal feeds can also be heavily damaged by insects.
Bird droppings and residues can also spread disease. Bird debris can damage buildings, prove unsightly and may cause slips and trips, leaving property owners open to prosecution. Nests can block guttering or chimney flues and will encourage a number of pest insect species that thrive in bird residues.
Your reputation and business may never recover from a pest infestation.
Prosecutions and fines for pest-infested premises attract media attention to your business.
The loss of consumer confidence may ultimately force closure.
Meet your requirements under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to provide a safe working environment by employing Exterminator Pest Control
Meet your requirements under the Food Safety Act 1990 and The Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 to ensure adequate procedures are in place for pests.
Meet your ‘due diligence’ requirements by using a comprehensive reporting system as provided by Exterminator Pest Control.
The penalties for failure to comply can be severe – complete and immediate closure of premises; fines of up to £20,000 or up to six months in prison.