Chapter 3 – Consider the health and safety implications of a farm visit

Hand washing

Because of the risk of transmittable bacteria and diseases, it is important that hand washing is strictly adhered to when visiting a farm. When carrying out the pre-visit, take time to note where the hand washing facilities are, as well as how many sinks are available. Remember to allow time for everyone to wash their hands before eating food, after any contact with animal and soil and before leaving the farm at the end of the day. There is an industry code of practice that has been produced for groups who wish to visit farms. The document provides information on hand washing. You will find a link to the document as part of the resources for this unit. The code of practices advises that farms supply warm running water and liquid soap. In the past, some farms have supplied hand sterilizing gel, but this is no longer recommended.

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