4 Laws That Regulate Pest Control

Many people are deeply concerned about being safe when it comes to the implementation of pest control. The reason for this is simple. The pest control industry uses a wide cross section of extremely dangerous and hazardous poisons. As you can imagine, these can seriously impact your health.

laws that regulate pest control

People are also concerned because the pesticides used in pest control can affect the environment. These pesticides can harm plants, trees etc. and also kill animals. But what do we do as a pest control company do to prevent this? How do keep we keep our pest control clients safe? The answer is that we strictly follow certain laws that regulate pest control. So, what are these laws that regulate pest control?

The laws that regulate pest control in our industry

There are four main laws that regulate pest control.

  • The Control of Pesticides Act Of 1986
  • The Wildlife and Countryside Act Of 1981
  • The Health and Safety Act Of 1974
  • The Food and Environmental Act Of 1985

Each of these laws that regulate pest control help in the following ways.

1. The Control of Pesticides Act of 1986

This act essentially governs how pesticides are used. What’s important to note about this act is that it restricts the ways that pesticides can be used when it comes to animals and beneficial insects. It also covers how pesticides are advertised plus how they are sold, supplied and stored. Finally, the act controls the ways in which consent is given for how these materials are used.

2. The Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981

The purpose of this act is primarily to guard the environment from damage caused by pesticides. This covers both flora and fauna. For example, this act legislates the control of pigeons, seagulls and other wild birds. Essentially it is illegal to kill these birds under this act. It is also illegal to spray pesticides in a manner that may affect the environment.

UK countryside

3. The Health and Safety Act of 1974

This act provides a framework for managing health and safety in the workplace. How this relates to pest control is basically that all workplaces must be kept clean and free of pests. Another key point is that anyone who works with dangerous materials (such as pesticides) must wear adequate personal protective equipment. PPE must also be safely stored and maintained, plus employees must be trained in properly using it. Pest control procedures are there to keep you safe.

health and safety act

4. The Food and Environmental Act of 1985

This act helps to prevent food from being contaminated by pests. It also controls the use of pesticides and helps to protect animals, plants, and environment. Not only that, it aims to provide safe and humane methods for pest control.

 

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