Our industry is governed by Acts of Parliament and Regulations via the Pesticides Safety Directorate, the Advisory Committee on Pesticides and the Health and Safety Executive. These dictate mostly what we cannot do. But we think there is so much more to be gained by also focusing on doing what we can do and finding the best ways of doing it well.
The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) have developed Approved Codes of Practice for the safe use of Pesticides. Many major purchasers of pest control products have developed their own specifications such as the Marks and Spencer Approved Code of Practice for Pest Control, as well as using national codes such as those of the British Retail Consortium's Global Standards.
As members of the BPCA we are committed to following the guidelines set out in their and all other Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs).
We also feel that we are setting the standard for 'best practice' in the industry in advocating proactive approaches to pest management and a minimal use of pesticides. We maintain a communication with the Central Science Laboratories within the The Food & Environmental Research Agency (FERA) and keep up to date on Environmental concerns relating to the use of pesticides with the people directly formulating the advice.
In the industry we have recently led the way in the vast reduction of permanent toxic baiting outside which causes serious environmental damage to predator populations. We adopted this policy years ago and have used BPCA conference seminars to propose eliminating the practice.
With regard to improving pest management techniques we were amongst the first in the UK to use the Thermokil heat treatment system. We keep in contact with individuals at Universities for information on new control strategies and also develop our own techniques for managing novel pests or those that develop tolerance or resistance to conventional treatments. For example we have developed our own proven methods of controlling behaviourally resistant mice in factories/warehouses.