Pest Control




Pest Control Checklist

Introduction

Use these checklists - in conjunction with the sample pest control documents provided at the end of this section - to help you in developing pest control procedures for your facility.

Your Pest Control Procedure should include:

  • Instructions for visual inspection of the facility's exterior and interior to detect pests and their activity
  • Instructions for installing and inspecting all pest control devices to ensure they are operating properly and are not damaged:
    • place pest traps at appropriate locations inside and outside the facility (e.g. close to every door)
    • install light traps in areas where flying insects may be a problem
    • ensure all exterior traps are secure (e.g. to the wall or floor)
  • Instructions to ensure all doors and windows leading outside remain closed or screened at all times
  • Instructions for pest removal
  • Instructions for chemical application:
    • ensure your procedures do not cause cross-contamination (e.g. pest control chemicals must not come in contact with food, ingredients, processing aids, packaging materials, or food contact surfaces)
  • A facility schematic for pest control that shows locations of all pest control devices identified by a unique code
  • A list of pest control chemicals used in the facility and a Pest Control Chemical Usage Log
  • Instructions for handling and storage of pest control chemicals

Note:

  • The person designated to apply pest control chemicals must be licensed to do so.
  • Pest control chemicals must be registered under the Pest Control Products Act.
For contracted pest control services:
  • Ensure the company provides completed clear and legible records, with deviations and corrective actions noted, that are reviewed, signed and dated by a designated facility employee
  • Ensure the company provides proof of valid pest control licenses for each service technician assigned to your facility
  • Ensure pest control technicians follow your visitor/contractor policy for personnel

Your Pest Control Records should include:

  • Who performed the pest control activities
  • What pest control activities were performed
  • When the pest control activities were performed
  • Results/findings of the pest control activities
  • Any deviations
  • Corrective actions taken if deviations were found
  • Signed or initialed records when completed

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Pest Control Training Checklist

Introduction

An effective pest control training procedure ensures personnel understand the appropriate procedures related to pest control in your facility. To help you build training procedures for your facility, use this checklist in conjunction with the sample pest control training procedure documents provided at the end of this section.

Your Pest Control Training Procedure should include:

  • Personnel who require training
  • Frequency of training (e.g. upon hiring, when change or incident occurs, minimum annually)
  • A process to ensure all appropriate personnel are present for training
  • Person responsible to deliver training and keep records
  • A list of training materials such as:
    • copies of Pest Control Procedures
    • copies of Pest Control Records and Chemical Logs
    • GMP Training Kit - Module 5: Pest Control
    • MSDS Sheets and instructions for usage of pest control chemicals
    • A method to assess that training was understood by participants (e.g. a written or verbal test and/or job shadowing)
    • Corrective actions to take if training assessment results are not acceptable

Your Pest Control Training Records should include:

  • Who was in attendance - with space for employees to initial or sign to indicate they received the training
  • Date of training
  • Topic of training
  • Material used in training
  • Name and signature of the trainer conducting the training
  • Results of training assessments

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Building a Pest Control Verification Procedure

Introduction

An effective pest control verification procedure ensures personnel are following the appropriate procedures related to pest control. Follow this checklist, in conjunction with the sample pest control verification procedure document provided at the end of this section, to help you in building an effective pest control verification procedure for your facility.

Your Pest Control Verification Procedure should include:

  • Who performs the verification
  • When/how often they perform the verification
  • What is to be verified
  • How they perform the verification (e.g. observation or interviews with personnel)
  • Corrective action procedures to be taken if verification results show that activities are not being conducted as written, or if any deviation is found
  • A process for verifying correctness and completeness of records including:
    • mistakes have been crossed through with a single line and initialled by the designated employee, and liquid paper has not been used
    • documents have been completed in permanent ink (no pencil)
    • there is no evidence of falsified entries
    • no blank spaces have been left on the record - if necessary "N/A" was recorded
    • all records are signed and dated by the designated employee
    • the activities have been carried out in the appropriate frequency
    • all deviations and corrective actions are documented and are suitable
    • if a deviation was recurring, a root cause analysis was conducted

Your Pest Control Verification Records should include:

  • Who performed the verification
  • What verification was performed (i.e. which procedure is being verified)
  • When the verification was performed
  • Verification results/findings
  • Any deviations
  • Corrective actions taken if deviations were found
  • Signed or initialed records when completed

Note: Verification records can be separate from monitoring records, or space can be allocated on the monitoring records to record the verification results.

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Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 18 December 2013
Last Reviewed: 08 June 2018