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Legislation and the control of pests 

Pest Control and the Law 

In law there are several pieces of legislation that apply to the control of pests and pest prevention, although differing industries that maybe based within Reading and the Thames Valley have specific health, safety and hygiene rules to follow; all businesses and employers have a duty of care with regard to protecting its workforce from pests and the hazards posed by pest infestation in the workplace. 
 
All Aspects Pest Control is more than just a rat catcher based in Reading; we can help you comply with these regulations and help you maintain a pest free environment for the protection of your work force and customers, the pest inspection service, treatments and pest prevention advice we supply are to help you reduce risk, reduce waste and protect you from prosecution. 
 
The legislation's laid out below apply to the control of pests in commercial and retail properties and is enforced by such 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. 
Pest control law

Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 

This Act often relates to the presence of pests such as rats and mice either on land or within a building that are affecting other properties and enables the Local Authority to take enforcement action to eradicate rats and mice from a property. This Act also includes businesses which manufacture, store and transport food stuffs as contamination by pests has serious health risks and covers aspects relating to insect infestation of foodstuffs as well. 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 Act 1990 

The main responsibilities on businesses under this Act are that they 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’ – by employing a professional pest controller to monitor and deal with infestations in a timely manner, helps you in meeting the obligations laid out in the Act. 

Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995 

These regulations are aimed at food proprietors and outline the basic rules that state that you should make sure all food is supplied in a hygienic way, 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. 

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 

All employers must take necessary measures to secure the health, safety and welfare of their employees and visiting contractors – for example we have carried out clean ups and bird proofing of contaminated lift motor rooms after pigeons have gotten in and started to roost. 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. 
 
All Aspects Pest Control are professional pest exterminators and covers Reading, Bracknell, Woodley, Wokingham, Maidenhead , Slough and Windsor and our 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. 
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