A true Field Biologist is much more than just a senior pest operative. They are there to lead the pest management programme, guiding the efforts of both on site personnel and the pest control technician to eradicate pest problems and maintain pest-free conditions on client’s premises.
All Field Biologists mainly operate in the food manufacturing sector which requires an understanding of the client’s product and process. Field Biologists have to audit the work being carried out on site by the pest control technician and ensure that all paperwork is up to date such as Treatment Reports, Recommendation Logs and documents such as BPCA Membership, Company Insurances, Pest Operative Training Certificates, and IS0 9001 Documents. In addition to this the Field Biologists role is complex and involves inspecting areas on a clients premises that are not usually inspected by the technician such as sub floor voids, roof spaces, machinery and plant during “shut down” and other areas where pests are more likely to be found.
The Field Biologist is required to have an understanding of all current Audit standards such as the British Retail Consortium Version 8, AIB International Standard, Tesco and Marks and Spencer Food Manufacturing Standards including knowledge and understanding of other industry bodies such as the Soil Association Society.
The documentation such as the inspection report supplied by the Field Biologist will normally be in “two parts”, part 1 a hand written report which is left on clients premises at the time of inspection and the other report part 2 will be in typed letter form and sent to the customer on completion of the letter. All areas of a clients premises will be covered on the report and any pest infestations highlighted, photographs of finding may also be taken and used within the report Any findings will be supported with recommendations on how to deal with the pest problem and eradicate it as soon as possible.
The most important parts of the report are detailed below.
1: Any infestation found at the time of inspection.
2: Recommendations in regard to site standards.
3: Review of the pest control system currently in place.
4: Proactive advice on pest control and practices.
5: Advice on Housekeeping, Stacking, Proofing (sealing holes and gaps to the wall fabric)
The Field Biologist must have knowledge and understanding of all legislation within the pest control industry such as the Food Safety Act 1990,COSHH Regulations 2002, Control Of Pesticides Regulations 1986, Food And Environment Protection Act 1985,Wildlife And Countryside Act 1981 and more recent legislation such as the Biocidal Products Directive which has been brought out to govern the use of pesticides used within the pest control industry.
With the directive focusing on environmental issues this will mean that some pesticides will be withdrawn and the use of anticoagulant baits being used externally more tightly controlled.
We at CES deliver this specialist service with all of the above in mind and with a proactive approach to pest control. We already incorporate non toxic methods of pest control in to our service due to an ever changing industry where toxic pesticides are no longer the way forward.