Level 2 - High Risk Biosecurity Procedures

quarantine sign on a gate

Objectives: to increase biosecurity protection by minimising movements on and off the property, and to protect the property from the increased threat of a disease being introduced in a suspected outbreak of an emergency disease or serious endemic disease.

1. Action Plan for Suspected Emergency Animal Disease

1.1 Each owner must establish and document clear guidelines regarding the circumstances when an emergency animal disease alert should be raised (e.g. an unusual increase in mortality or drop in production), and who must be informed. The action plan must also clearly state that, if an alert is raised, movement of birds must cease immediately, other movements on and off the production area and the property must be limited to the absolute minimum, and special precautions must be taken as outlined in the section Level 2 – High Risk Biosecurity Procedures.

2. Facilities

2.1 Gates must be kept locked.

2.2 Shed doors must be locked at night.

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

3. Personnel

3.1 No visitors are to enter the production area unless absolutely essential. Company personnel will discontinue routine visits except on suspicion of problems.

3.2 Repairs and maintenance – no routine work, only emergency work to be carried out.

4. Operational

4.1 Essential visits – head-to-toe shower before and after visit. A complete change of clothes, footwear, hair covering and breathing protection is required. Used clothing and all used personal protection equipment must remain on the property.

4.2 Any vehicle which must enter the property must be washed and disinfected at the wash pad before and after going onto the property (e.g. feed trucks, gas). Vehicle driver cabins must also be sanitised inside.

4.3 No birds or litter to be moved on or off properties until disease status is clarified.

4.4 If a major outbreak should occur, further measures will be stipulated by the processor and/or the state’s Chief Veterinary Officer.

5. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Standard operating procedures will be available for any specific outbreak of an emergency animal disease from Animal Health Australia in accordance with AUSVETPLAN.

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