Nursery Sector Biosecurity Guide
How to Use this Guide

i) Organization of this Guide

This Guide has been organized into the following three main sections:

  • Education, Training and Communication
  • Nursery Operational Management
  • Crop Health Management in Production Stages

These main sections are divided into sub-sections that include the:

  • Target outcome – Goals that all producers should try to achieve to protect their nursery from the introduction and spread of pests. These are taken from the Standard and refer to the "place of production". Except in the target outcomes, this Guide uses "nursery" instead of "place of production".
  • Benefits – Details regarding why a specific target outcome is important to on-farm biosecurity.
  • Considerations – Examples, guidance and suggestions for each target outcome.
  • Self-evaluation assessment – A tool to determine if additional biosecurity measures can be applied within a nursery. A checklist has been provided at the end of each sub-section.

A footnote has been provided in the title of each sub-section as the order and titles of the sub-sections in this Guide differ from the Standard. The footnote indicates the corresponding sub-section of the Standard.

Section 6.0 of this Guide is a glossary of definitions. Terms that are included in the glossary have been written in bold and italic text in their first use in the document.

Appendices 1 to 5 are located at the end of this Guide and provide examples of tools that can be used to implement biosecurity measures in a nursery, such as signs and a visitor sign-in sheet.

Appendix 6 is a list of resource documents from sector associations, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the federal government.

Appendix 7 is an acknowledgement of the sector associations, producers, academia, and federal and provincial specialists whose expertise was used to develop this Guide.

ii) How to Complete the Self-Assessment Checklists

The self-assessment checklists have been provided to assist producers in assessing if additional biosecurity measures can be implemented in a nursery. The biosecurity measures from the Considerations have been included in the self-assessment checklist. Each biosecurity measure has been categorized as routine or advanced, with advanced measures written in bold text.

There are four columns included in the checklist to indicate:

  • Yes – Biosecurity measure is implemented and does not require further action.
  • Sometimes – Biosecurity measure is not always successfully implemented and may require additional action.
  • Never – Biosecurity measure is not implemented and requires action.
  • Not applicable (NA) – Biosecurity measure does not apply to the nursery and no action is required.

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

The Nursery Sector Biosecurity Guide Self-Assessment Checklist and Action Work Plan is a list of the biosecurity measures from the self-assessment checklists included in each sub-section with the same four columns as explained above. This tool also includes an action work plan where actions to complete the implementation of additional biosecurity measures within a nursery can be recorded. When completed electronically, the biosecurity measures that "Never" and "Sometimes" have been selected are automatically transferred to the action work plan. This tool can be downloaded from the forms catalogue on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) website. In the "Filter items" search field, type "5800" to obtain the form.

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