There are several pieces of legislation that deal with pests and pest prevention
and each industry is governed by its own set of health, safety and hygiene rules.
They affect businesses whether they handle food or not and Guardian pest solutions
can help you comply with the law.
The legislation listed below is enforced by agencies such as Environmental Health
Departments of Local Authorities and the Health and Safety Executive.
If you do not comply with these pieces of legislation you may receive substantial
penalties, according to the offence committed. These can include:
Fines up to 20,000 pounds for each offence.
6 months to 2 years imprisonment.
Unlimited fines in Crown courts.
Closures of premises.
Loss of reputation, business and income profits.
Pest-Man.com Ltd can help you to comply with the law. The treatments and advice that
we provide are to help prevent the risk of prosecution, working safely to minimise
the risks to your business. The major pieces of legislation are:
Prevention of Damage by Pests Act
If a pest is present in a business that is involved in the storage, manufacture,
transport, or sale of food, the owner must take steps to control the infestation
or notify the Local Authority.
Notice to improve the business.
Recovery of expenses incurred by the Local Authority from the business owners.
Food Safety Act
Businesses or organisations that are involved in the manufacturing, processing, storage,
distribution, preparation, packaging or the selling of food must ensure that food
is fit for human consumption. It is an offence to supply, sell, advertise or be in
possession of food that is not.
Food premises must be kept in good condition, clean and free from rubbish that may
attract pests. Food and food products must be prevented from being damaged or contaminated
Prohibition Orders to close premises.
Seizure of unfit food.
Disqualification from catering for up to two years.
Fines up to 5,000 pounds and a six months prison sentence for each offence, or if
a major offence, fines up to 20,000 pounds.