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Enhancing Pet Care: IBPSA’s Risk Management & Safety Facility Certification Program

IBPSA//November 1, 2023

Enhancing Pet Care: IBPSA’s Risk Management & Safety Facility Certification Program

IBPSA//November 1, 2023

In the bustling world of pet care services, the well-being of our furry companions is paramount. Ensuring their safety and security, as well as that of the dedicated staff who care for them, is a top priority. The International Boarding & Pet Services Association (IBPSA) recognizes the significance of this responsibility and has developed the Risk Management & Safety Facility Certification Program, a groundbreaking initiative that sets a new standard in the pet care industry.

This innovative program is unique because it focuses on the safety of the facility environment itself, addressing a wide range of risks that could jeopardize the well-being of both pets and people. From the seemingly minor hazards, such as exposed electrical wires that curious pups might chew on, to the comprehensive emergency preparedness required in the face of natural disasters, the IBPSA certification covers it all.

The Risk Management & Safety Facility Certification Program is not simply a pet care safety certification; it is a facility risk management and safety certification. Its primary objectives are as follows:

  • Establishing Best Practices: The program provides a professional and credible framework for facility owners to identify and implement proven risk management and safety best practices. These practices are recognized by insurance carriers, making them invaluable tools for loss control.
  • Cost-Effective Improvement: Participating in the program offers a cost-effective way to enhance facility risk management and safety programs. By reducing potential losses, certified facilities can also experience a positive impact on insurance premium costs, ultimately saving money while increasing safety.
  • Certified Safety: The certification ensures that the facility offers a certifiably safe environment for both staff and pets. This level of safety not only reflects the facility’s commitment to excellence but also instills confidence in customers, assuring them that their beloved pets are in one of the safest places possible.
  • Competitive Advantage: For businesses in the pet care industry, differentiating themselves from the competition is crucial. The IBPSA certification becomes a powerful marketing tool, allowing certified facilities to advertise their commitment to safety and attract more customers who value the well-being of their pets.

This program, exclusive to IBPSA members, is meticulously managed by the IBPSA’s Certification Committee. In collaboration with a seasoned, professional Risk Management & Safety consultant, participating facilities undergo a comprehensive evaluation. This consultant brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table, ensuring that every aspect of risk management and safety is thoroughly examined.

The certification process involves an in-depth assessment of the facility’s safety protocols, procedures, and infrastructure. It encompasses a wide array of aspects, from fire safety measures and emergency evacuation plans to the condition of the facility itself, including potential hazards like sharp objects or toxic substances. By scrutinizing these critical factors, the program helps facilities identify areas for improvement and take proactive steps to mitigate risks.

The IBPSA’s Risk Management & Safety Facility Certification Program represents a significant step forward in the pet care services industry. By prioritizing facility safety and providing a comprehensive certification program, IBPSA empowers its members to meet the highest standards of risk management and safety. This initiative not only enhances the protection of pets and staff but also inspires confidence in customers, ultimately making pet care facilities safer havens for our beloved animal companions.


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