The selection of an appropriate area to set up a sanitation station is very important. The operation of the station should not negatively impact the environment, and its location should provide easy access for farm personnel.
The following is a checklist of considerations for selecting a good location to set up a cleaning and disinfection/sanitation station:
- Flat terrain that is large enough on either side for a disinfection station.
- The station should be on an impermeable surface.
- Water supply
- Waste water containment
- The site should not be located in a sensitive environment (e.g., wetlands, well head protection area, etc.).
- The site should not naturally drain into a sensitive environment.
- The station should contain equipment (e.g., tubs, scrub brushes, sprayers) to aid in the removal of debris and application of disinfection products.
- If possible, a building or shelter with a water supply and drainage should be included.
- Runoff water should be contained and not allowed to drain into clean, uncontaminated areas.
Biosecurity at Truck Wash Stations
What are the basic biosecurity steps that should be taken into consideration while at a truck wash?
These basic biosecurity steps should be taken into account while at a truck wash:
For the employee: wear appropriate boots and clothing while working, do not cross contaminate (do not enter designated clean area with dirty boots or clothing), and keep personal vehicles on dirty side of wash.
For the driver: enter wash at designated entrance and leave wash at designated exit (if applicable), remain in cab (if applicable), replace driving shoes with wash shoes if at a self-wash, and follow biosecure trailer entry protocol which is shown in the video below: