The rules and regulations for controlling Covid are constantly changing. Our team have therefore put together this simple 10 point guide to help you, and your farm stay Covid-secure during these challenging times.
1 – HANDS, FACE, SPACE You, your family and anyone working on your farm should regularly wash
hands and stay 2 metres apart from visitors and people you don’t live with. If this isn’t possible,
make sure you wear a face covering.
2 – RISK ASSESSMENT Reduce risks as much as possible by risk assessing potential virus sources,
ways it can be passed around and who could get it. If you identify any risks, include ways on how this
can be managed. Remember, employers have a duty to provide workers with ‘any required
information, instruction, training and supervision’.
3 – WHO SHOULD GO TO WORK If anyone at home, or on your farm is high risk or more
vulnerable, make sure this is in your risk assessment. They may need additional protective
measures in place. Make sure that any individuals who need to self-isolate can do this, without
4 – SOCIAL DISTANCING Observe social distancing when moving around the farm, when
working in any area, commuting, in meetings, during delivery and receipt of goods and when
using common areas. Safety should be prioritised if there is an incident.
5 – VISITORS Reduce the number of visitors to a minimum and if possible, use an appointment
system to manage visits or numbers on your farm. Use signage, or explain site rules to keep people
6 – PPE & FACE COVERINGS Use PPE that you may already have on farm. Face coverings are not
the same as respiratory PPE used for dust/sprays but these can be used in enclosed spaces where
social distancing isn’t possible.
7 – CLEANING Promote good hygiene, and provide handwashing, and sanitation facilities.
Regularly sanitise surfaces such as door handles, buttons and machinery.
8 – WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT Reduce the number of contacts each worker has by forming
groups and/or shifts. Avoid unnecessary travel between sites. Provide guidance in an event of a
Covid-19 outbreak to all workers.
9 – GOODS Maintain social distancing during export and import of goods on the farm and wear
gloves and/or sanitise surfaces. If possible, quarantine parcels and goods for three days .
10 – CONTINGENCY PLANNING If Covid disrupts you, your workforce, or your supply chain,
make sure you have a contingency plan to keep things running .
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