WHO ARE YOU?
Independent Pest Management & Insect Consultancy Limited (‘IPMIC’) is a new company formed by John Lloyd. John is a qualified pest control consultant with 20 years’ experience in the pest control industry in the UK and abroad. He has worked in, and consulted on pest control issues in, Europe, China, Thailand, Africa and South America.
John also has 40 years’ practical entomological experience working on insect-related projects in Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East, Australia and South America. In response to increasing demands on his time and experience, John has formed an independent pest management and insect consultancy, IPMIC, to deliver a more personal service for promoting best practice in pest management and to help clients reduce risks in the food safety industry around the world.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
IPMIC Ltd provides a pest management auditing and consultancy service for organizations and individuals who have existing pest problems. We also carry out Quality Assurance Audits on the performance and suitability of existing pest management and pest monitoring systems that clients may currently have in place.
Our service covers both vertebrate and invertebrate pests in the food supply chain and in matters relating to public health. Within the public health sector, mosquito control and mosquito habitat reduction is becoming an increasingly important aspect of the work we do.
We also provide foreign-body analysis and pest-identification services (see below).
WHAT ARE QUALITY ASSURANCE AUDITS?
Our pest management quality audits assess and verify the standard of your pest management and pest monitoring systems and help to ensure compliance with both statutory requirements and food standards and codes of practices set by food accreditation and licensing bodies. These include the British Retail Consortium (BRC), AIB, M&S, Tesco as well as compliance with organic standards such as those set by the Soil Association.
Pest management quality audits are comprehensive and cover many aspects of pest management, including the pest status of a site, a review of pest trends, the appropriate use of pest control measures and the quality of documentation for the recording of data and the reporting of pest information. The review also considers health and safety standards and the presence of appropriate health and safety documentation.
The Quality Assurance Audits examine the performance of both the pest control contractor and the performance of clients, in relation to the quality of pest management systems in place. They will indicate if appropriate measures are in place for pest prevention and monitoring for pest activity. Quality Assurance Audits not only ensure a safer environment for food producers and food-handling companies, but also validate the quality of existing standards of pest management and, where needed, they also provide recommendations for further improvement in pest management in a practical and cost effective way.
WHO ARE YOUR CLIENTS?
John Lloyd has consulted and worked on pest-related matters for companies in the UK, European and global food supply business, and has considerable experience in a wide variety of commercial sectors, having audited and serviced multinational food companies, packaging companies and other companies operating within the food supply chain. His experience also includes audits and giving commercial technical advice to a wide variety of companies including those specialising in pet food, pharmaceuticals, listed companies, facilities management and water companies, as well as to public bodies such as local authorities.
In particular, he has provided important assistance and specialist advice to food production and food processing companies and a wide variety of companies’ in the food supply chain.
John has also worked for insurance companies in food/pest-related arbitrations in assessing where pests have entered the food chain.
Confidentiality is assured in using his services.
WHAT KIND OF SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE?
One-Off Audits, Quality Assurance Assessments and Advice.
We can carry out one-off inspections and give advice in relation to specific pest-related issues.
Ongoing Assessments and Contract Work
We can also undertake regular site inspections as required for companies operating under the codes of practice for food production set up by accreditation or certifying bodies such as the British Retail Consortium (BRC) the AIB and others.
We can conduct Quality Assurance Assessments of your existing pest management and pest monitoring systems and, by modifying your existing pest control contract you can even use us for one of your scheduled technical pest control inspections as part of the normal provision for pest management at your site. This gives clients peace of mind and ensures that your site receives at least one independent annual ‘health-check’ as part of your regular pest management programme.
Our site assessments will help you maintain a high quality pest management system, ensure you remain compliant and help to minimize the risk of pest activity at your site. Our assessments help you increase food safety and will assist in the continuous improvement of your pest management programme in an extremely cost effective way.
CAN YOU TRAVEL ABROAD TO ASSESS OUR SITE?
Absolutely. John Lloyd has carried out audits and has assessed vertebrate and invertebrate pest problems in many countries around the world, including Europe (Holland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Hungary), Africa (South Africa and Ivory Coast), Thailand, China and in South America (Brazil).
These visits have helped companies with pest management-related issues within their national market and have assisted some in maintaining their export markets. Such visits have also helped bring peace of mind to private and publicly listed companies importing foodstuffs into Europe, where pest-related problems could have jeopardized supply contracts, or could have resulted in potential product recalls. They have helped to avoid potentially expensive and time-consuming lawsuits.
FOREIGN BODY ANALYSIS
Foreign body analysis is a major concern in the food industry. When problems arise, they require a rapid identification and a speedy resolution.
We provide a reliable, speedy and confidential service that will provide assistance and clarify the problems concerning foreign body complaints. Once a sample is received, close examination will quickly establish if the specimen is of pest or non-pest origin and, if the specimen is of invertebrate origin, the type involved – whether it is a stored product insect, a species prejudicial to public health or a non-pest species. Identifications are supported by a full technical report.
Following the examination of a sample, IMPIC’s comprehensive technical reports provide information regarding identification, whether it is a pest species and when appropriate, provide specific advice and guidance on control and prevention measures relating to the specimen. IPMIC’s reports provide considerably more information than just a basic identification report.
The prices we charge for this service start at £50.00 plus vat. For multiple identifications, special assignments or contract work, please contact John Lloyd for a quote.
DO YOU CARRY OUT ON-SITE TRAINING?
Yes, we can carry-out pest awareness training for your employees, especially line managers, supervisors, warehouse staff or hygiene and cleaning personnel. This would be tailored to reflect pests and threats relevant to your industry.
We can also provide pest awareness training for senior management and QA managers which would include how to recognize risks and the early signs of infestation, insect pest recognition, control and prevention measures relevant to the factory environment or site concerned.
John Lloyd has supplied these services to boards of directors and staff in many countries around the world.