NPTA Course in “Risk Assessments & COSHH Assessments in Pest Control” 

Risk Assessments are required in all working situations and pest control presents unique challenges as technicians have to work in a very wide variety of potentially hazardous sites and with products that could cause significant damage to people and the environment. The pest control technician therefore has to have an in-depth understanding of the Hazards and their associated Risks that they are likely to encounter and cause, and how to draw up the paperwork that is required by law.

This course aims to equip the pest controller with the necessary understanding and skills.


2024 Course Dates

Tuesday 4th June – Manuden Village Community Centre, David Collins Drive, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 1EH

Wednesday 5th June – Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn, Durham, DH6 5AT

Objective of the Course:

To ensure that the student understands the concepts involved with identifying hazards and assessing risks and knows how to draw up plans and Risk Assessments and Method Statements (RAMS) designed to reduce these risks so that their pest control procedures can be carried out safely and legally.


Course Content

A. The Law and Risk Assessments

Why we all need to produce Risk Assessments.

Presentation and group discussion.

B. Recognising Hazards

Identifying hazards caused by the treatment programme – Generic risk assessments

Identifying hazards presented by the site – Site-specific risk assessments

Identifying hazards from pesticides – COSHH

Presentation and group discussion

C. Assessing Risks

Risk assessment documentation options

Risk assessment matrices

Presentation followed by practical activities

D. Controlling Hazards And Reducing Risks

Thinking of control solutions

Risk reduction hierarchy

Safe Systems of Work (SSoW) and Method Statements

Presentation followed by practical activities.

E. Protecting Yourself with Paperwork

a. Producing a COSHH Assessment from the Product Label and the Material Safety Data Sheet – desktop exercises
b. Producing a Site Specific Risk Assessment – practical exercise.
c. Producing some Generic Risk Assessments – desktop exercises in common pest control scenarios.
d. Producing an Environmental Risk Assessment, following the CRRU ERA template – practical exercise

The course will involve students in presentations plus interactive sessions where the students will carry out Risk Assessments in actual and simulated situations. Students should bring wet weather clothing as some exercises will take place outside.

Course Details

The course will start at 08.30hrs and is expected to finish no later than 17.00hrs. Lunch is provided.


Course Cost

NPTA Members £80.00 + VAT per person

Non-NPTA Members £120.00 + VAT per person

*Payment is required prior to the course commencing.


To Book

Contact Maxine on 01773 717 716 or