Effective hand hygiene is essential during farm visits
As Spring and the gradual easing of lockdown gather pace, thoughts are now turning to educational farm visits. One of the most successful organised campaigns is LEAF Open Farm Sunday, which this year takes place on the 27th of June.
It’s described as a chance to “showcase and celebrate British farming and all it delivers” and farmers across the country are being encouraged to take part.
New ambassadors have been appointed by LEAF Open Farm Sunday’s (LOFS) organisers, with a specific role of helping farmers prepare for the event, according to a recent report on the South West farmer website. Article author Lisa Young quotes one such ambassador, Rona Amiss, a first generation tenanted farmer, who emphasises that this year’s event will be centred around “…small, socially distanced farm walks and talks to provide an intimate insight to what happens on farm.”
Hand washing facilities must be provided
Farms must provide proper hand washing facilities for all visitors, according to LOFS’s Health and Safety guidance which emphasises the importance of good hand hygiene. Hands must be “washed thoroughly” for an adequate period, before being rinsed and dried properly.
“handwashing facilities must have:
- running water (can be cold running water in June)
- liquid soap (NOT antibacterial gels)
- paper towels”
Furthermore, handwashing areas should be properly supervised, with reminders being given to all visitors that they need to use them.
Appropriate signage should direct people to the hygiene stations and this should be positioned where animals are located as well as at food and eating locations.
How to wash your hands
The NHS guidance on appropriate hand washing techniques states that hands must always be cleansed
“after touching animals, including pets, their food and after cleaning their cages.”
Buy hand wash units for your farm event
The Teal range of mobile sinks are robust, easy to move around and need surprisingly little water and includes the mains powered Super Stallette and the ultra portable Handeman Xtra and WashStand which use preheated hot water and can be placed anywhere within a farm environment.