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Wednesday, 17 November 2021, Bob Mayho, Chair, National Pest Advisory Panel
However, feedback to CIEH's National Pest Advisory Panel (NPAP) since the Protocol’s launch showed that its implementation had become patchy, while in some areas it was alleged to have been ignored completely. There was a strong case for refinements and the introduction of operational guidance on sewer baiting treatments. Such guidance would also include training and qualifications of pest control technicians, health and safety aspects and treatment methodology – all would be necessary for a safe and efficient treatment programme.
The NPAP embarked on a review of the Protocol and published the revised version in January 2021. This document addresses the identified deficiencies and ensures the continuity of treatments nationally, irrespective of whether treatments are undertaken by Water UK members or by pest control contractors working on behalf of a water company or by local authorities.
The revised Protocol also reflects new product labels now required for sewer baits as a result of changes in the permitted use of rodenticides in sewers implemented by the European Commission and Member State regulatory bodies. In particular, a new label phrase should now be applied on all products that are authorised for use in sewers: 'In sewers, baits must be applied in a way that they do not come into contact with water and are not washed away.’ This new requirement brings about substantial changes in the practice of sewer baiting and the revised guidance is intended to assist in this respect.
The key points of the revised National Protocol include: