Developing Your Biosecurity Plan: The National Voluntary Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard for the Fruit and Tree Nut Industries
Appendix 1: Self-Assessment Checklist

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Use the checklist below to conduct a self-assessment of the biosecurity measures currently in place on your farm operation. Indicate with a checkmark whether the biosecurity measure occurs (Yes), does not occur (No) or is not applicable to your farm operation (NA). Measures that pertain to your farm operation but are not implemented should be identified as 'No' as opposed to 'Not Applicable'. Completing the checklist will help you to identify areas where biosecurity measures may be required and will help provide a framework for the development of your biosecurity plan. When you have completed the checklist, review your responses. Where you have checked 'No', refer to the related section of the standard and producer guide to develop actions to implement the biosecurity measure.

Carefully evaluate whether a biosecurity measure is not applicable to your farm. It is recognized that not all measures will apply to each of the various commodities and production types included in the scope of the standard.

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Self-Assessment Checklist

Section 3.0 Develop your Biosecurity Plan

Biosecurity Measure Yes No NA Comments
An information gathering system has been created to identify current and potential pests and pathways of pest transmission.
A map of your farm operation has been developed.
Pathways of transmission have been analyzed to identify critical points where biosecurity measures should be implemented.

Section 3.3.1 Biological and Mechanical Vectors

Biosecurity Measure Yes No NA Comments
Pests and vectors are managed with chemical, cultural and biological controls.
Potential host plants within and around production areas are removed or controlled.
Production areas are located away from neighbouring crops that are potential pest hosts.
Compost piles are located away from production areas.

Section 3.3.2 Physical Pathways

Inputs
Biosecurity Measure Yes No NA Comments
Nursery stock is sourced from reputable suppliers and certified for freedom from pests when available.
Inputs are received and stored in a designated area located away from production areas.
Inputs are inspected for signs and the presence of pests prior to moving into your production area(s).
Soil is not moved between farms or designated areas.
You know the source, availability and quality of water applied to your production area.
Recycled harvest containers and transport containers are cleaned prior to use.
Purchasing, production and storage records for relevant inputs are maintained.
People
Biosecurity Measure Yes No NA Comments
Employees are trained on the biosecurity protocols for your farm operation.
Visitors and service personnel are informed of biosecurity protocols for your farm operation.
Visitors and service personnel sign a visitors log on arrival.
Visitors, service providers and employees' footwear, clothing or hair are free of soil or plant debris.
Vehicles, Tools and Equipment
Biosecurity Measure Yes No NA Comments
Designated parking areas have been established for visitors, employees and service provider vehicles.
Traffic movement into production areas is minimized.
Vehicles, tools and equipment are inspected for soil plant debris, organic material and insects prior to entry onto your farm or into designated areas.
Pruning and propagation tools are cleaned between areas where pest transmission is a concern.
Outputs
Biosecurity Measure Yes No NA Comments
The farm and harvested crops are monitored for pests throughout the growing season and at the time of harvest.
Grading, labelling and segregation of final product are conducted in a designated area away from production areas.
Final product is labelled.
Culls, fruit and nut waste is disposed of by deep burial, at a municipal disposal facility or other method to minimize pest spread.

Section 3.4 Pest Monitoring

Biosecurity Measure Yes No NA Comments
Your information gathering system is used to remain up-to-date on existing and potential pests of concern.
Knowledge of pest life cycles is incorporated into your monitoring program.
You have knowledge of pest risks and analyze the results of your monitoring activities.
Records of monitoring activities, observations and responses are maintained.

Section 3.5 Response Plan

Biosecurity Measure Yes No NA Comments
Laboratories, extension specialists, researchers and the CFIA are used to confirm pest identification
CFIA, provincial or territorial government is contacted when a regulated pest is detected.
Employees are educated and trained on the response procedures to pest detections.
Equipment is cleaned between farms or production areas.
Plant material is disposed of within the infested production area.
Material that cannot be disposed of within the production area is contained for transportation to a municipal disposal facility.

Section 4.0 Education, Training and Communication

Biosecurity Measure Yes No NA Comments
Your biosecurity protocols are incorporated into the training program.
Changes to your biosecurity plan and training program are made as new information becomes available.
Employee training is scheduled.
Your farm biosecurity measures are communicated to visitors, and if needed visitors are assisted by employees to respect your biosecurity plan.

Section 5.0 Site Selection

Geography and Environmental Factors
Biosecurity Measure Yes No NA Comments
Sites that are not at risk of pest introduction by prevailing wind direction are chosen for planting.
Sites chosen for planting are free of pests of concern.
Topography is used to assist with drainage and reduction of standing water.
Location
Biosecurity Measure Yes No NA Comments
An assessment of the history and previous land use is conducted for newly acquired or leased land.
Potential host plants within and around production areas are removed or controlled.
Production areas are located away from neighbouring crops that are potential pest hosts.
Layout
Biosecurity Measure Yes No NA Comments
Designated areas for cleaning tools, equipment, boots and vehicles are located away from production areas.
Debris and compost are located away from production areas.
Areas designated for the inspection of inputs are located away from production areas.
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