Register issues warning over pest-borne diseases
Published by Jo Foster for BASIS (Registration) Ltd in Environment and also in Health
PEST controllers are being put on red alert in light of a rising number of cases of pest-borne diseases.
Health experts are concerned that serious problems such as Lyme disease, Dengue Fever and even Malaria are being diagnosed with greater frequency.
With climate change predicted to increase the risk in this country, professional pest control register BASIS PROMPT says its crucial industry insiders stay up to date with the latest training techniques.
Rob Simpson, Managing Director of BASIS PROMPT, warned: “The spread of pest-borne diseases looks likely to become a very serious health issue in the UK in the coming years.
“So it will be important for pest control companies to stay on top of their game and make sure they know how to deal with the problem.
“Our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme ensures every technician on our register will always be aware of the most up-to-date techniques, products and legislation.
“Pest controllers have to be professionally trained and qualified to join the register in the first place.
“But the programme means they must gain 20 CPD points every year through extra training and development.
“And because registration must be renewed every year, it means our members will be ready and equipped to deal with scenarios such as a predicted increase in the number of pests carrying disease like this.”
Official estimates put the number of Lyme disease cases in the UK each year at around 3,000* (Public Health England), though charities say the figure could be much higher as many people do not have their condition diagnosed.
While the incidence rate remains low compared to some other European countries, it compares badly to the 200 confirmed cases back in 2001.
Lyme disease is an infectious disease transmitted by infected ticks with symptoms which can range from a rash to blindness and paralysis.
West Nile Virus, previously confined to the USA, has spread to continental Europe and health leaders say it would be complacent to believe diseases once considered ‘exotic’ – such as Dengue Fever and Malaria – will not emerge in the UK.
The potential spread of pest-borne diseases was among a list of issues highlighted at the annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) earlier this year.
CIEH director Julie Barratt warned warming and wetter summers would provide perfect breeding grounds for the diseases and called for “robust public health measures” to minimise potential outbreaks.
She said: “Modern living conditions, urban sprawl and emerging changes in climate make the spread of pests and pest-borne diseases increasingly likely.
“The effects of these conditions and changes need to be properly monitored and understood. We should not wait for an outbreak to happen before we act.”
*Figures from Public Heath England.
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Notes to editors
The BASIS PROMPT Pest Controllers register is an industry initiative providing independent proof that a pest controller has received proper professional training and has continued to update their expertise through Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
To be eligible for BASIS PROMPT, pest control technicians need to have achieved the Level 2 Award in Pest Management or Pest Control.
Registration has to be renewed each year, so members will always be aware of the most up-to-date techniques, products and legislation.
To remain registered, technicians and managers have to gain 20 CPD points a year. Points can be gained through a variety of methods, including training, attending exhibitions, online quizzes and reading trade magazines.
By employing registered technicians, pest control companies can be sure their firm is delivering a professional, effective service.
Commercial customers, local authorities and the general public can be sure the pest controllers they use are capable of offering a truly professional service if they insist on using businesses whose managers and technicians are BASIS PROMPT-registered.
Experts from BASIS PROMPT are available for interview and happy to comment on relevant issues as part of wider features.
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