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Manual – High risk biosecurity procedures

Objective:      To increase biosecurity protection, by minimising movements to protect the property, as much as possible, from the increased threat of a disease being introduced from the outside, in the face of a suspected outbreak of an emergency disease or a serious endemic disease.

7.    ACTION PLAN FOR A SUSPECTED EMERGENCY ANIMAL DISEASE

7.1         Each processing company must establish and document clear guidelines regarding the circumstances when an emergency animal disease alert should be raised, and who should be informed.  For example, when experiencing an unusual increase in mortality or drop in production.  The action plan must also clearly state that, if an alert is raised, the movement of birds must cease immediately.  All other movements, on and off the production area and the property, must be limited to a minimum, and special precautions must be taken as outlined below.

8.    FACILITIES

8.1         Gates must be kept locked.         

8.2         Shed doors must be locked at night.

8.3         Facilities for the cleaning and disinfection of equipment coming on and off the production area must be in place. 

9.    PERSONNEL/VISITORS

9.1         No visitors are to enter the production area unless absolutely essential.  Company personnel will discontinue all non-critical visits.

9.2         Routine repairs and maintenance must be restricted, apart from any authorised emergency work.

9.3         All visitor and vehicle movements onto and off the production property must be     recorded.

10.  OPERATIONAL

10.1       Essential visitors must shower thoroughly before and after visits.  A complete change of clothing, footwear, hair covering and breathing protection is required. Used clothing, and all used personal protection equipment, must remain on the property for disposal.

10.2       Any vehicle entering the production area must be washed and disinfected before and after property access, such as feed and gas carriers.  Vehicle driver cabins must also be sanitised inside with an approved spray disinfectant.

10.3       No birds or litter should be moved on or off properties until disease status is clarified.

10.4       If a major outbreak should occur, further measures will be stipulated by the processor and/or the state’s chief veterinary officer.

11.  STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOPs)

11.1       SOPs for any specific outbreak of an emergency animal disease will be available from the Department of Primary Industries, in accordance with AUSVETPLAN.