Bitesize training: pests in domestic buildings

CIEH member: £55
Affiliate member: £110
Non-member: £110
CIEH student member: £110

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Overview

This training event explores the investigation and identification of common household pests. Delegates will learn how pests gain entry into buildings and how to recognise the signs of their presence. The event will discuss the effects of pests within a building, the damage they may cause to the structure and fabric of a building, and the hazards this may represent.

Delegates will examine common methods of construction to prevent pests entering a building, practical repairs to remediate any damage they may have caused, measures to deter their entry, and treatments for their removal and eradication.

Pests which will be considered:
• Rats, mice, squirrels
• Wood boring and plaster beetles, cockroaches, wasps, ants and houseflies

Objectives

  • Establish how pests gain access to buildings
  • Understand how to identify them
  • Recognise the damage they cause and the risks they pose within domestic dwellings
  • Carry out works of improvement. Prevent their access into the property and prepare a schedule to make good the damage caused
  • Be able to come up with a treatment plan
  • Be confident that the plan will be effective

Who should attend?

  • Housing EHOs
  • Property managers
  • Repair surveyors

CPD: 2 hours

Paul Fitzgerald

Paul Fitzgerald qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in 1979 and has worked for a number of Inner London and 2 rural authorities, specialising in private sector housing. Paul has also worked for a Residential Social Landlord as a maintenance manager, dealing with routine, cyclical and project management. Since 1995 Paul has worked as a consultant in this field, carrying out, managing and quality assessing stock condition surveys, working for both public and private sector landlords on specific projects or providing staff cover. He set up his own company, Southern Environmental Services Limited, which ran from 1998 to 2021 and now acts as a sole trader, trading as Southern Environmental Services.

Paul has been involved with the implementation of the Housing Health and Safety Hazard Rating System since 1999, when it was trialied as part of local authority stock condition surveys. He is a University of Warwick Trained HHSRS Trainer, having delivered courses continuously since 2004, on the assessment and enforcement of the system, for the University of Warwick, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, CPC Ltd. PPS Ltd. RHE Ltd and other commercial training organisations. He has both developed and presented courses for Fire Risk Awareness, HMO Practical Inspection and Enforcement, HMO Licensing, Damp and Mould, Asbestos and bite-size modules for traditional housing construction.

His contracts have included;

• Managing the Houses in Multiple Occupation Team at Eastbourne Borough Council

• Acting Private Sector Housing Manager for Gravesham Borough Council, specifically submitting a successful bid for £0.86M additional grant funding.

• Private Sector Housing Team Manager, Oxford City Council, various roles, including HMO Enforcement and Unlawful Developments

• Delivering training courses to Private Sector Landlords on HMO issues.

• Delivering training courses to Surveying Companies and RSLs on the Health and Safety Hazard Rating System.


He continues to be act as a consultant and expert witness for both for Local Authorities and for private landlords, RSLs and charities such as Shelter in Private Sector Housing cases, putting theory into practice.

He has been the chairman of the National HMO Network and is still a member of that organisation

Date

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Venue

Online (Zoom)

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