Guano Removal – The Risks of not having the area cleaned

Bird Guano Removal from a bell towerThere are 3 diseases known to be associated with bird guano: histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis and psittacosis – all can represent a risk to human health. Histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis are fungal diseases that grow in the droppings and soil. Psittacosis is a bacterial disease that spreads when guano dries and guano particles become airborne and are inhaled.

In substantial quantities bird guano’s acidic matter can even cause damage to the fabric of buildings which in turn, leads to higher cleaning and repair bills. Large quantities of guano will also be infested with bird related insects.

Cleaning Up Bird Guano – Health & Safety

Guano RemovalWhilst it’s safe to clean up the odd bird dropping, handling guano of any quantity should be done with care – especially large quantities. Measures should be taken at all times to protect staff, contractors and the public’s health if working near a guano cleaning site. There are health and safety regulations that need to be followed when working with or near bird guano. Anyone doing so should observe the regulations below or consult an experienced professional.

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

If you have a guano problem you should consult a qualified expert due to the risk of disease.

Enviroguard provide a survey and quotation service, with a free risk assessment:

  • Method statements and COSHH risk assessments will be provided prior to removal.
  • Waste will be decontaminated prior to removal from site.
  • waste transfer notes and duty of care certification will be provided.
  • Written treatment reports will be provided showing all work has been completed to a high standard.
  • Bird entry points can also be sealed to prevent further Guano build up.