Is Your Commercial Pest Control Company HACCP Compliant?
When hiring a commercial pest control company, be sure to choose one that is HACCP compliant. This adds an extra level of safety and expertise to the work you need done in your home or business. There are many licenses, certifications, and qualifications that a technician and his or her pest control company can earn; and being HACCP compliant is one of the areas that should be taken into consideration when making your choice.
HACCP stands for “Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point”, and becoming HACCP compliant means understanding and demonstrating the seven principles of specific guidelines that have been created to keep food safe for human consumption. When working with pest control agents of different kinds, it is important for a pest control company to have a clear understanding of how to keep people and their food safe. Businesses do this by creating a HACCP plan that includes the seven principles:
- Conducting a hazard analysis before the project begins.
- Determining “control points”, or the steps during which chemical factors can be controlled.
- Establishing a maximum and minimum value at which the pest control agents need to be maintained to avoid food safety hazards.
- Establishing monitoring procedures.
- Being prepared to take corrective action if needed.
- Creating and following procedures that show the validity of the plan that is in place.
- Keeping accurate and appropriate records and documentation.
The focus of these principles is to have procedures in place to keep food safe at every step of the process. It is not just enough to test when the work is finished and discover that a mistake has been made. Each step in the plan involves predicting or testing outcomes. The processes and procedures needed for a pest control company to be HACCP compliant are incredibly complex, and this is why you should investigate any company you hire and ensure that they have the proper training in this area.
The principles become especially important in treating businesses or facilities that are directly a part of the food industry. Pest control companies must be well-trained and prepared to work in these environments in a way that protects the public’s food supply.
Factories, warehouses, and restaurants in the Sydney area, for example, would need to be especially aware of the need for a pest control company that is HACCP compliant. In fact, hiring a commercial pest control company may well be part of that business’ own HACCP plan. The two work hand-in-hand to protect the integrity of the food being distributed to the people of Sydney.
With more than 30 years’ experience working with private sector and government clients, and a number of accreditations and qualifications, Pink Pest Service is a pest control company that can offer you the peace of mind of creating a HACCP compliant plan to meet your needs. Read more about our commercial pest control services here.