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Key – Those standards which have greater significance (all other standards are normal)

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

Appendix – Referenced in ‘How you will be measured’. Indicates that additional information is provided in the Appendices, which are available at the end of each section.

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Aim:

VERMIN CONTROL

CR.VC.1 Key

Standards

There must be effective control of vermin.(Revised)

How you will be measured

CR.VC.1.a

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

CR.VC.1.b

A site survey is completed at least quarterly, detailing:- date of inspection- locations inspected- findings- actions required- date actions completed

CR.VC.1.c

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

CR.VC.1.d

Birds, rodents and domestic animals are prevented from entering all long-term storage.

Site Survey

CR.VC.2

Standards

Toxic bait must be used responsibly. (Revised)

How you will be measured

CR.VC.2.a

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).

CR.VC.2.b

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

CR.VC.2.c

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

CR.VC.2.d

Non-target animals do not have access to baits.

CR.VC.2.e

Bait stations/boxes are secured and clearly identified.

CR.VC.2.f

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

CR.VC.2.g

Product label directions are followed.

CR.VC.2.h

A documented COSHH assessment is carried out where there are 5 or more employees.

CR.VC.2.i

Toxic baits are not used in the grain store while grain is being stored.
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Bait Plan
  • COSHH assessment (where applicable)