When looking for a pest control company, it is important to choose a company with a clear health and safety policy. Good companies have strict guidelines to protect their staff, their customers, and the general public by ensuring safe working practices. There are a few issues to consider, and we are here to answer your top 10 questions. We hope you find our infographic helpful…
Questions About Pest Control Health And Safety
1. How do you consider everyone’s safety?
Our technicians are specially trained and wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times. We assess the hazards to health from products in respect of clients, pets, our operatives and neighbours.
2. Do you protect the area being you are treating?
Our technicians will keep you and your family members away from the treatment area until they deem the area safe. They will also give you clear post-treatment instructions with a view to health and safety after the procedure.
3. How safe are the bait boxes you use?
Our poison bait boxes and stations are tamper-resistant, because we want to ensure maximum safety. They can only be opened with a key. Under no circumstances should you try open them or move them from where we have placed them.
4. What about fogging and fumigation?
No one but the technician can enter the area they are treating or rooms adjacent or in close proximity to the room we are treating. The technician will specify a return period of time of up to 4 hours.
5. Do you have a safe environment policy?
We adhere to a strict Health, Safety and Environment Policy to protect staff, clients and the public. We take every precaution to minimise adverse effect of pesticides and any harm they may cause to the environment.
6. Do you always use pesticide treatments?
Empire only use such chemicals when absolutely necessary. We assess the situation carefully and whether we need to use a pesticide. We also assess how any risks will be controlled. Where practical, we will always consider using alternative, non-pesticide treatments.
7. How do you dispose of waste chemicals?
Where we have used rodenticides and insecticides, we ensure that we dispose of any excess chemicals in an appropriate manner that complies with pesticide regulations. Because we care about the environment, we follow the CRRU Think Wildlife code.
8. Do you follow laws and regulations?
We always endeavour to use the safest products available. You can rest assured because all our work is carried out in accordance with the guidelines of the Health & Safety Act 1974, the Food & Environmental Act 1985 and Control of Pesticides 1986.
9. How do you handle tools and equipment?
We mark our store and vehicles with the hazard symbol. We ensure we properly equip our vehicles and always carry pesticides in a safe manner. Empire keep a written record of pesticide stocks at our store.
10. Do you keep track of safety paperwork?
We keep a records of risk assessments, of the work our team carries out (including products and quantities applied), who did the treatment, the areas we treated and what PPE was used.