Facilities should work with their pest management providers prior to a scheduled audit to ensure that all requirements are in place and functioning. Check all traps and baits for pests and examine the plant for signs of infestation – droppings, exoskeletons and, especially, live insects or rodents.
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If numerous auditing agencies review a processing plant, keep in mind that each agency has different requirements. The National Pest Management Association is currently working with third-party auditing agencies to develop universal pest control standards for all auditors.
After each audit, plant managers should meet with their pest management providers to review any deductions and create an action plan to rectify the causes. By never making the same mistake twice, facilities ensure better scores with each passing audit.
Dr. Zia Siddiqi is quality assurance director for Orkin, Inc. A Board Certified Entomologist with more than 30 years experience in the industry, Dr. Siddiqi is an acknowledged leader in the field of pest management. Dr. Siddiqi can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.