The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) has released a free guidance document for pest professionals considering implementing a test and trace procedure during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the easing of social and economic lockdown measures, the UK Government currently advises that many sectors including hospitality, leisure, close contact services should have a test and trace system in place.
Currently, there is no requirement for trades to have a test and trace system. However, BPCA said it’s good practice to implement a procedure to help stop the spread of the virus and protect staff and clients.
The document covers help and advice for all pest management companies, including sections on:
- Monitoring staff;
- Maintaining records;
- Testing staff for COVID-19;
- Disclosing information to track and trace;
- Template: record of employee movements; and
- Further support for BPCA members.
Ian Andrew, BPCA’s chief executive, said: “As responsible citizens and business owners, we should all be doing our best to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19 and prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed.”
The BPCA said this guidance has been made public, meaning members of the association, and non-members, can access our support.
Mr Andrew added: “We have chosen to release the guidance to everyone to help the whole public health pest management sector minimise the spread of COVID-19.
“BPCA members are welcome to talk to our technical team, and get bespoke advice and guidance about COVID-19 or any other pest management-based enquiry.”
To download the free guidance, click HERE.