I notice there are bad habits that are often passed down from bee Keeper to bee Keeper.
To help New Beeks here is a beginners list of good bee keeping and husbandry - you may have different rules in your area so when you join your local association these are the sorts of things you need to find out about.
If you wash your bee suit regularly, pheromones from the hive will be washed away - particularly if there are guard bee sting pheromones on your suit. You may not always know they have tried to sting the suit, but the pheromones will linger and attract unwanted attention.
Washing hive tools:
Between different apiary’s help stop infection and transfer of pathogens - you can’t see the pathogens so if one hive is weak - you could be doing them a disservice by introducing unwittingly, pathogens which in a strong hive have been naturally contained. Just as a strong hive will corral SHB the weaker hive will succumb and be overridden with beetles.
Honey is a food product so all honey from you hives should be clean and safe to eat; if there is a problem in the hive this honey should not be used but discarded; if the bees wont eat it it is not safe for us either.
New Bee Keepers:
Are recommended to attend suitable course to help learn and understand Good Bee Husbandry, you would not run a cattle or sheep ranch without understanding your veterinary requirements or how to heal and care for your stock; bees are just 6 legged Honey providers and the Super’s are our milking machines. Can you milk a cow hygienically? You need to thing of honey and hive products in the same manner.
If you extract your own Honey:
Then you need to understand basic Food Hygiene Practice - in the UK we have hygiene certificates for all food service industry workers; good personal hygiene is a must and understaning about Cross Contamination
The British Beekeepers Association: Apiary Hygiene
The Bee Keeping General Husbandry: you don’t have to do exams to be a good Bee Keeper, but understanding the principles of Bee Husbandry is a must!!
Bee Keeping records:
It is necessary for some informations to be accessible when you want to sell your honey. People like to know what they are buying; in the UK there are set requirements that need to be on the labelling; Also you need to keep hive records to show what you observed each time you open the hives. You service your can and insure it - think of this as your MOT for producing good clean honey.