National Sewer Baiting Protocol Best Practice and Guidance Document

Published: April 2013


Topic(s): Pest Control

Type(s): Professional Guidance


In November 2000 Water UK and the Local Government Association issued a joint National Protocol for Co-operation on Rodent Control in sewers. The objective of the protocol was to facilitate improved co-operation between Water UK members and local authorities on the control of rats in sewers and surface infestations.

This new version of the Protocol, which is accompanied by guidance, addresses deficiencies in the implementation of the old version and ensures the continuity of treatments nationally, irrespective of whether treatments are undertaken in-house by Water UK members, by pest control contractors working on behalf of a Water Company or by the local authority themselves.

Among other things it covers the qualifications & training of technicians, the relevant legislation, health & safety matters, equipment and vehicle issues, planning, treatment, record keeping and communications. There are also a number of appendices containing sample record sheets/checklists, specimen safe systems of work, a sewer baiting procedural flow chart and a specimen treatment spreadsheet.

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