Vermin Control

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Recommendation – Those which do not affect certification

New – A completely new standard which the member must now adhere to

Revised – A standard that has changed and requires the member to take some different or additional action to before

Upgraded – The standard has been upgraded to a Key standard or from a Recommendation to a full standard

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Vermin Control

B.VC.1 Key


There must be effective control of vermin (Revised)

How you will be measured


No build-up of vegetation close to farm structures that could harbour vermin


A site survey is completed at least annually while stock are housed and/or the feed storage areas are in use, detailing: - date of inspection - locations inspected - findings - action required - date actions completed


Dead/trapped vermin are searched for and disposed of when bait points are checked



Toxic bait must be used responsibly (Revised)

How you will be measured


Prior to treatment with baits the use of non-chemical control methods is considered first followed by the least toxic alternatives (see Appendix – risk hierarchy)


An Environmental Risk Assessment is undertaken in accordance with the Appendix before bait is laid


Where baits are used a Bait Plan identifies: - location of bait points - bait used - bait point inspection - replenishment dates


Non-target animals do not have access to baits


Bait is prevented from contaminating animal feed


Permanent baiting is not routinely undertaken and toxic bait is removed when treatment is finished


Product label directions are followed


A documented COSHH assessment is carried out where there are 5 or more employees
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Bait Plan
  • COSHH assessment (where applicable)