The BPCA (British Pest Control Association) is non-profit based organisation which represents the development and interests of its members and is the hallmark of a quality pest control company. The BPCA also plays a pivotal role in its capacity its capacity to act on behalf of the entire pest control industry within the UK.
Safeguard Pest Control are extremely proud to be a fully certified member of the BPCA (British Pest Control Association) and because we have attained this certification, all of our clients receive guarantees in regard to our general levels of service. We would also not be eligible for BPCA certification without being able to provide assurances regarding the stability and health of our company. It is this ability which provides the guarantee to all of our contracted clients that will be in a position to fulfil all of our commitments.
How Did We Obtain BPCA Certification?
In order to become certified by the British Pest Control Association, Safeguard were closely scrutinised to ensure we were able to comply with all of the specified criteria which all BPCA members must meet.
To ensure eligibility for BPCA certification, Safeguard had to satisfy the following criteria:
- The business must have been actively trading for a minimum of one year.
- All staff involved in the application of pesticides who are not under direct supervision must be adequately trained. Where staff are involved in the application of pesticides, the BPCA requires that the principal and at least 50% of staff (excluding trainees) hold a relevant qualification, these include the BPCA/RSPH (Level 2) Award in Pest Management (or its predecessors which are BPCA/RSPH (Level 2) Certificate in Pest Control, BPC Diploma Part I [previously BPC Diploma], RSPH Certificate in Pest Control) and also NVQ in Pest Control AND members of a CPD scheme. This requirement will increase to the principal & 75% of relevant staff during 2012 and the principal & 100% of relevant staff for 2013.
- Officers of the business must not be undischarged bankrupts.
- All staff involved in the application of pesticides who are not under direct supervision must be adequately trained. Where staff are involved in the application of pesticides, the BPCA requires that the principal and at least 50% of staff hold a relevant qualification. These include the BPCA/RSPH Level 2 Certificate in Pest Control or its predecessors (BPC Diploma Part 1 – previously BPC Diploma, and RSPH Certificate in Pest Control) and NVQ in Pest Control. This criterion is currently under revision and ALL of these staff will be required to hold a recognised qualification by 31 December 2008.
- The business must not sub-contract work involving the application of pesticides except to other BPCA members (who are also bound by the requirements of the BPCA Codes of Practice)
- The business should carry adequate insurance cover, the type and level of which will depend on the nature of the business. Any business which employs persons should hold a minimum of £10m Employers Liability Insurance. Pest Control Servicing Companies should carry Public AND Products Liability Insurance. A minimum of £2m is recommended. The BPCA will expect applicants to hold the above cover. Depending on the nature of the contracts held or the work carried out, insurance requirements may be greater.
- Applicants undertake to abide by the requirements of BPCA Codes of Practice and the BPCA Code of Conduct.
Once certification has been obtained from the British Pest Control Association, they also enter the details of certified companies on their website. Our details can be found here –http://www.bpca.org.uk/BpcaDirArticle.asp?renleewtsapf=1049.
Our eligibility to be certified by the British Pest Control Association guarantees the quality of work you will receive from us along with the general stability and reliability of our company.
Promotion of Professionalism & Excellence Standards
The British Pest Control Association places very high levels of importance on promoting standards of excellence and professionalism throughout the pest control industry. By providing a wide range of appropriate training courses & examinations, as well as quality publications, exhibitions and conferences, they are widely renowned for the pivotal role they play in the enhancement of standards across the industry.
If you wish to speak to someone directly regarding how to help you avoid pest control problems and possibly comply with pest control legislation, we welcome the opportunity to discuss our services with you in further detail to outline how we can benefit you or your business by either calling 0800 195 7766, or by e-mailing us at - firstname.lastname@example.org.