Good hygiene in the agricultural sector limits the risk of animal diseases

Personal Hygiene Agribusiness

Optimum hygiene is an important point for attention in the agricultural sector. Certainly with the threat of African swine fever and bird flu, agricultural entrepreneurs help their facility with good hygiene measures. Boot cleaning and hand disinfection are important parts of a thorough hygiene protocol.

You want to keep infectious germs outside your shed doors how ever you can. Because if your animals are ill, then this has serious consequences. This is certainly the case for the aggressive African swine fever virus or the H5N8 bird flu virus. And not only is the economic damage great, for you personally as an business, for your employees and for your family, the emotional impact can be considerably great as well. Thankfully, you can do a lot yourself to limit as much as possible the risk of infectious germs getting in.

MANY ADVANTAGES

Good hygiene provides for a healthy living environment for your animals and a nice working environment for your employees. It may be clear than providing thorough hygiene measures has many advantages:

  • A lower infection rate, limiting the risk of diseases in animals.
  • Healthy animals and therefore higher animal welfare and less stress.
  • Less waste from animals.
  • Uniform and stronger couplings.
  • Less (preventive) antibiotic usage needed.
  • Improvement of the return through lower costs and better results.
  • A nicer working environment and more enjoyment of work thanks to healthy animals.

LIMITING VISITORS

It goes without saying that you do not have to let everyone enter your shed. Only people that really have to be with the animals may go inside. As well as yourself and your employees, they are, for example, your advisor and vet. For everyone who enters the shed, the same hygiene protocol applies that at least needs to consist of washing & disinfecting hands and cleaning & disinfecting boots. In addition, it is sensible only to enter the sheds with clean work clothing and not take any food in with you.

WASHING AND DISINFECTING HANDS

Good facilities for being able to wash your hands is half the job. Elpress provides hygienically-moulded, seamless stainless steel washbasins and wash troughs with taps that can be operated using an electronic sensor or with the knee. After washing, hands are dried with the Dyson Airblade Tap integrated in the handbasin, a separate Dyson Airblade or with paper towels. The final step in the hygienic process is to disinfect your hands with disinfecting cylinders.

CLEANING AND DISINFECTING BOOTS

The soles of boots carry a lot of visible and invisible dirt. Good cleaning and/or disinfection before entering the shed is therefore no superfluous luxury. Even if boots are not used that do not leave the shed but are only used internally. With the Elpress sole cleaner, soles are cleaned with rotating brushes that are automatically activated using sensors. A small concentration of disinfectant is also added to the water that provides for effective disinfection. Also – instead of cleaning soles by means of brushes – a disinfection bath is chosen.

HYGIENE ENTRANCE

If you want a really good and efficient approach, then you can opt for a SANICARE hygienic entrance in which washing & disinfecting hands, and cleaning and/or disinfecting soles of boots is combined. By going through the hygienic process, access to the shed is granted with a turnstile.

Do you want to know what the possibilities are for your agricultural facility in the area of cleaning & disinfecting hands & boots? Then get in touch with us for a no-obligation, tailor-made recommendation that suits your budget.

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Wout Spanjers