It is no surprise that there is much talk about bio security in a number of industries, including agriculture. However, while many decisionmakers realize how important it is, they do not always know what best practices are or how to follow them. At Hydro Tek we are here to give you the basics. You can always contact us at 800-274-9376 to learn how hot water pressure washers can play an integral role in your bio security plans.
Defining Bio Security
First and foremost, it is important to know what we mean by bio-security. It is a catchall term that refers to a system of management practices that has the specific goal of reducing risk related to new diseases or agents that could cause new disease. Bio security is also specific to farms and stables. Currently, people are worried about general safety and particularly about the safety of the foods they are eating. This is why it is so essential for the agricultural community to step up and ensure compliance.
There is One Main Goal of a Bio Security Program
To ensure that your bio security program is as good as possible, you will need it to cover several factors, but it is important to always keep in mind that there is one thing that is more important than anything else: Doing whatever it takes to prevent diseases from entering and spreading on farms, stables, and farm homes. The program can – and should – address other issues but not at the expense of this top goal.
Examples of Procedures Generally Included in a Bio Security Plan
Of course, the specifics of a particular bio security plan will vary based on an individual organization’s needs. Some examples of included procedures are:
- Barn sanitation
- General farm security measures
- Sanitation of all transportation-related vehicles and equipment
- Specific policies for worker entry
- Specific policies for visitor worker entry
- Rodent control plans and implementation
These are just a few – you will know best what procedures need to be added to your biosecurity plan.
Prevention is Important but It is Not Enough
Yes, you want to prevent any disease from getting to your facility in the first place, but a comprehensive bio security plan should address the reality that at some point, you are likely to have to deal with disease. What will you do if you have disease present in one segment of your property or herd? Already having policies in place allows you to quickly address these issues when they arise.
This is a global issue that is far from new and is not going away any time in the foreseeable future. At Hydro Tek we can help you find the equipment needed to implement your new bio security procedures. Contact us now at 800-274-9376 to learn more.