Legislation

Food Safety Act 1990 and Food Safety Regulations 1995
This allows authorities to close and prosecute a business if it is deemed that a food premises is not showing due diligence in protecting the property and customers from pest infestation and possible food contamination. It advocates preventative pest control measures, an example of this would be an ongoing pest control contract.

Food and Environment Protection Act 1985
This act determines who is allowed to buy and use the pesticide and that appropriate safeguards are taken during its use to protect human beings, creatures, plants and the environment. The most efficient and humane methods of control must be employed.

Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986
Users of pesticides should have adequate training and only approved pesticides can be used or stored.

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
This act protects animals such as birds, bats, red squirrels, voles etc. If these are harmed or taken in an improper manner the offender may be prosecuted.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999
A risk assessment should be carried out before the use of a substance by a competent person; this person should understand the circumstances under which the product can be used and how to use it.