Whilst it’s safe to clean up the odd bird dropping, handling bird droppings of any quantity should be done with care due to the risk from disease. Large quantities should be handled by an experienced professional and disposed of safely. As well as being unsightly the acidic nature of bird droppings can even cause damage to the fabric of buildings which in turn, leads to higher cleaning and repair bills.
Measures can be taken to protect staff, contractors, the public and your facilities from the risks bird droppings bring. There are health and safety regulations that need to be followed when working with or near bird droppings; relevant regulations include:
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992, Regulation 3
- The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (SI 1992/2932)
- The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1994
Don’t leave it to chance, contact your local NBC team for advice or to arrange a survey. Our bird control specialists will complete an assessment and provide a report with recommendations to prevent future risk and unwanted maintenance costs. Talk to us now to protect your business by calling 0333 567 2020.
Disease & Bird Droppings
There are several diseases known to be associated with bird droppings; histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis and psittacosis – all can represent a risk to human health.
Histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis are fungal diseases that grow in bird droppings and soil. Psittacosis is a bacterial disease that spreads when bird droppings dry and dropping particles become airborne and are inhaled. When cleaning bird droppings in any quantity the affected area should be dampened and treated before removal to prevent the risk of inhalation and infection.
If unsure contact our team for advice or to arrange bird dropping removal by calling 0333 567 2020.