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Key – Those standards which have greater significance (all other standards are normal)

Recommendation – Those which do not affect certification

New – A completely new standard which the member must now adhere to

Revised – A standard that has changed and requires the member to take some different or additional action to before

Upgraded – The standard has been upgraded to a Key standard or from a Recommendation to a full standard

Appendix – Referenced in ‘How you will be measured’. Indicates that additional information is provided in the Appendices, which are available at the end of each section.

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Aim:

BIOSECURITY AND DISEASE CONTROL

TL.BI.1 Key

Standards

A documented Biosecurity Policy must be in place. (Revised)

How you will be measured

TL.BI.1.a

Policy is specific to the farm/hatchery.

TL.BI.1.b

Policy details control measures to minimise the spread of disease on farm and between farms, including risks from:- incoming stock- equipment- vehicles- visitors

TL.BI.1.c

The policy is being implemented.

Biosecurity Policy

TL.BI.2

Standards

Access to the farm must be limited to essential visitors only and visitor records must be kept. (Revised)

How you will be measured

TL.BI.2.a

A record is kept of all visitors, detailing:- date- time of arrival- name- organisation- contact number (one number acceptable per group)- date of last contact with poultry within the last 7 days (or within 14 days if visited overseas)- confirmation of no vomiting or diarrhoea, or flu like symptoms in the last 24 hours

TL.BI.2.b

Entry is refused if there is significant risk to the health and welfare of the birds.

Visitor record

TL.BI.3 Key

Standards

The biosecure areas on the farm/hatchery must be defined. (Revised)

How you will be measured

TL.BI.3.a

Biosecure areas indicated on farm/hatchery map(s).

TL.BI.3.b

Biosecure areas include, but are not limited to:- each bird area- feed stores- litter stores

Farm/Hatchery map

TL.BI.4

Standards

Controls on access to the site must be in place and risk of disease spread by vehicles must be minimised. (Revised)

How you will be measured

TL.BI.4.a

Where safety necessitates parking inside the general biosecure area, wheels of all vehicles must be cleaned and disinfected on entry, otherwise designated parking must be offsite.

TL.BI.4.b

Wheels and equipment of all vehicles are cleansed and disinfected on entering and exiting the farm/hatchery.

TL.BI.4.c

There are effective wheel wash facilities and drainage does not cause contamination.

TL.BI.4.d

Defra-approved disinfectants for both General Orders and for diseases of poultry are used.

TL.BI.4.e

Disinfectants are used in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions.

TL.BI.4.f

The farm/hatchery has an area of clean concrete, metalled surface or rolled stone which is large enough for a collection vehicle or feed lorry to stand.

TL.BI.4.g

Loading areas are level, well drained and hygienically managed.

TL.BI.5 Key

Standards

Farm dedicated protective clothing must be supplied to and worn by all when on-farm/in the hatchery. (Revised)

How you will be measured

TL.BI.5.a

Clothing is washed or discarded between flocks.

TL.BI.6 Key

Standards

Risk of disease spread from footwear is minimised. (Revised)

How you will be measured

TL.BI.6.a

Foot dips are provided at the entrance to each biosecure area.

TL.BI.6.b

Foot dips are used by anyone entering a biosecure area.

TL.BI.6.c

All staff and visitors change into clean boots (capable of being dipped in disinfectant) or use new disposable overshoes on entry to a biosecure area.

TL.BI.6.d

Defra approved disinfectant solutions in foot dips are replaced on a prescribed basis and this is recorded.

TL.BI.6.e

A physical barrier footwear system, that is no less than 30 cm high, is provided at the entrance to each biosecure bird area.

TL.BI.6.f

Anyone entering a biosecure bird area uses the physical barrier system to remove outdoor footwear on the external side and put on dedicated footwear on the internal side.

TL.BI.6.g

The physical barrier will:- be removable for washing or a fixed barrier may be used if appropriate drainage allows effective cleansing of the barrier area at the end of the crop - offer provision to be seated whilst changing boots

Foot dip records

TL.BI.7 Key

Standards

Hand cleanliness is maintained. (Revised)

How you will be measured

TL.BI.7.a

Toilets with means to clean and disinfect hands are available.

TL.BI.7.b

Hands are washed or sanitised prior to starting work, after handling deadstock, before and after meals and after visits to the toilet.

TL.BI.7.c

Hand sanitisers or hand wash facilities are present within reach of the physical barrier at the entrance to each biosecure bird area.

TL.BI.7.d

Hands are sanitised or washed before entry and after exit of the biosecure bird area.

TL.BI.9

Standards

Permanent standing water must not accumulate on the farm.

TL.BI.10

Standards

Employed and contracted staff must not keep other poultry or any avian species. (Revised)

TL.BI.11

Standards

Toilets, offices, stores and break rooms must be kept clean and tidy.

TL.BI.12

Standards

There must be no smoking or consumption of food within bird areas. (Revised)

TL.BI.13

Standards

Pets and other animals must not have access to poultry houses, service buildings and where applicable, the range.