Because of ongoing foodborne illness outbreaks and concerns, South Elgin, Ill.-based McCloud Services is generating awareness on the importance of technical training for pest management professionals (PMPs) working in food processing facilities.
Media stories such as the recent court case decision against Peanut Corporation of America CEO Stewart Parnell, the final rule announcements under the Food Safety Modernization Act and proposed changes to the Good Manufacturing Practices, serve as recent reminders of the importance of food safety. Properly trained personnel, whether contractors or full-time employees, is essential — and PMPs are no exception.
McCloud Services recommends two types of training that should occur within the pest management firm.
“A pest management firm specializing in food safety should develop an initial training program for new hires, and a continuing education program for existing employees,” says Patricia Hottel, technical director at McCloud Services. “There are many safety risks a new employee can be exposed to, so their training should include a safe driving course and the OSHA 10-hour course prior to any on-site training. Continuing education should focus on worker safety updates, new technologies, technical topics and updates on pests to focus on during inspection.”
Because ongoing training and education for PMPs is critical to protecting a food facility, McCloud Services has developed a white paper, “Technical Training for Pest Management Professionals in Food Processing Facilities,” detailing special training needs and categories that are important for employee training including general food safety knowledge, worker safety regulations, third party audit standards, food plant processing systems and equipment, and specific corporate policies and procedures. The white paper can be downloaded free of charge here.