National Voluntary Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard for the Greenhouse, Nursery and Floriculture Sectors
4.0 Education, Training and Communication

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Target Outcome:

People entering or working within a place of production respect the biosecurity measures in place.

Benefits: A well developed, communicated and implemented training program will provide visitors, service providers and employees with an understanding of the importance of proactive biosecurity.

Considerations:

  • Including employees in the process to design the biosecurity plan can be an effective approach and may result in them taking more "ownership" of the plan, which may help with implementation.
  • Incorporate biosecurity protocols into the training program.
  • Signage and visual aids are used to communicate biosecurity protocols within a place of production.
  • Plain language is used in education and communication materials and on signage.
  • Information is provided in the appropriate language for employees. Signage, education and communication documents are translated, when necessary.
  • Ensure that visitors and service providers respect the biosecurity measures for the areas of the place of production they visit. Templates and checklists may be used to verify whether biosecurity measures have been completed.
  • Schedule and implement periodic training and awareness updates with employees.
  • Monitor, review and update the biosecurity plan and training program as situations change and new information becomes available.
  • Train employees in crop production practices, the identification of pests, symptoms of pests and response protocols.
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