Floriculture Sector Biosecurity Guide
How to Use This Guide

i) Organization of This Guide

This Guide has been organized into the following sections:

  • Education, Training and Communication
  • Location and Layout
  • High-Risk Areas
  • Movement of People, Equipment and Vehicles
  • Maintenance
  • Production Inputs
  • Plant Health
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Production Outputs

Each of these sections is divided into six parts:

  • Target outcome: Goals that all producers should try to achieve to protect their facilities from the introduction and spread of pests. These are taken from the Standard.
  • Benefits: A brief statement of the value of the target outcome to the producer.
  • Risks: An explanation of why the specific target outcome is important to biosecurity and of the biosecurity risks related to the section topic.
  • Guidelines: Guidance and biosecurity measures to consider to help minimize pest risk. The intent of the biosecurity measures is not to prescribe but to provide guidance. The biosecurity measures are based on an understanding of pest risk pathways, science and management practices and are intended to be attainable and practical.
  • Questions: Questions are provided to prompt producers to assess the biosecurity measures that are in place at their facility and consider additional biosecurity measures that could be implemented.
  • Self-assessment checklists: A summary of the information from the "Guidelines" sub-section, presented in a checklist format, to help producers conduct a self-assessment of the completeness and effectiveness of the biosecurity measures in place at their facility.

Appendices provide additional information resources and examples of tools that can be used to implement biosecurity measures in a facility, such as signs.

ii) How to Complete the Self-Assessment Checklists

The self-assessment checklists have been provided to assist producers in assessing whether additional biosecurity measures can be implemented in their facility. There are four columns included in the checklist to indicate whether a biosecurity measure is currently implemented (Yes), if it is sometimes implemented (Sometimes), if it is not implemented (No) or if it is not applicable to the facility (Not applicable).

iii) Self-Assessment Checklist and Action Work Plan PDF Document

The Floriculture Sector Biosecurity Guide Self-Assessment Checklist and Action Work Plan repeats the checklists from the Guide in an interactive format. This tool also includes a work plan where actions to implement additional biosecurity measures within a facility can be recorded. When the tool is completed electronically, the biosecurity measures for which "No" and "Sometimes" are chosen are automatically transferred to the action work plan.

This tool can be downloaded from the forms catalogue on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's website. In the "Filter items" search field, type "5801" to obtain the form.

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