A move to promote professional standards in pest control has seen two pest control companies become the first in the UK to be accredited against a benchmark of quality recognised throughout Europe.
Both businesses are allied to the trade body, British Pest Control Association (BPCA) which is now challenging its 450-plus servicing members to follow their example.
Simon Forrester, chief executive of the BPCA, is confident the plan will deliver significant benefits to the FM sector, he said:
“The European Standard for Pest Management Services EN16636 was developed by the pest control industry to act as a demonstration of professional credentials.
“We know of many pest controllers who are untrained and do not stay up-to-date with the latest products, techniques and legislation – and that’s something which can create big problems. But this will demonstrate our members are on a level playing field with the best pest management companies in the world and will mean that, by employing members of the BPCA, facilities managers can be totally confident of a professional service.”
Premier Pest Control, based in West Yorkshire, was this week named as the first company in the UK to be measured against the Standard, while Ecolab Pest Elimination was the first company to be awarded certificate number one.
Commenting on the award, Roy Smith, general manager of Ecolab Pest Elimination UK and Ireland said:
“I am particularly proud that we were issued with the first certificate in the European Pest Management Standard. This not only underlines our confidence that our operations meet the highest possible standards, but demonstrates that we place quality at the forefront of everything we do. This is a step forward for the professional standards within our industry and we wanted to be first. We take our responsibilities in leading the Pest Control marketplace very seriously indeed.”
The new European standard, which defines quality and best practice and acts as an assurance that member companies are fully qualified to deal with all pest species and are experts on integrated pest management, the use of chemicals and health and safety issues, was launched earlier this year by the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and has been developed with consultation and guidance from the Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA). It is verified by the independent, global certification body, Bureau Veritas.
All BPCA member companies will be at least working towards the standard from January, with Forrester aiming to help everyone pass the audit by the deadline of June 2017.
The audit will involve the entire structure of the company to make sure everything from its working practices and training to its ethos and values is correctly aligned. Those businesses failing to meet the criteria at the moment are being offered the help and support that they need to pass.