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A Bed Bug Management Policy
for Accommodation Providers

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Bed Bug Management Policy & Procedural Guide
for Accommodation Providers

Preface to the First Edition

This Bed Bug Management Policy and Procedural Guide was initially developed to assist community housing groups who were experiencing recurrent bed bug problems. However, this document can aid any organisation within the accommodation sector, be it the hospitality industry, student and staff lodgings, and/or public housing.

To minimise the potential for bed bugs and to reduce the risk of potential litigation, those in the accommodation sector should attempt to demonstrate 'due diligence'. 'Due diligence' is the ability to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that everything possible was done to prevent a certain act. For accommodation providers, this would be to minimise the risk of bed bugs and ensuring that management strategies were promptly implemented once an infestation was detected. Having a bed bug policy and procedural guide in place and following it, would assist in the demonstration of 'Due Diligence'. A bed bug management policy and procedural gudie will ensure that the proper management processes are undertaken, which will increase the likelihood of a successful treatment, reduce the risk of bed bugs spreading over the long term, save money and potentially decrease the risks of litigation.

It is important to note that not all sections of this document will be applicable to every organisation and thus some degree of individual tailoring will be required.

This document has been developed from "A Code of Practice for the Control of Bed Bug Infestations in Australia" (CoP) and, as such, is regularly referenced from within this document. The CoP should be consulted for greater detail on bed bug management and is available as a free download from www.bedbug.org.au.

The key areas within a bed bug management policy include; defining responsibilities, education, documentation, occupational health and safety, eradication processes, bed bug prevention, and handling the media.

This policy and procedure guide is a living document and was developed from a draft initially released for public comment in 2010. Any suggestions to further improve this document should be sent to: Stephen Doggett, c/o Department of Medical Entomology, Westmead Hospital, PO Box 533, Wentworthville NSW 2145, or email: stephen.doggett@swahs.health.nsw.gov.au.

Stephen Doggett
September 2011