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again," Racicot said. "Don't think that, once you have your
biosecurity culture, it's going to stay the same. You need
to improve it and go back to employees and keep the good
Set up an environment for success
The physical layout of the barn or workplace
entrance should make it hard for people to ignore biosecurity practices. If the division between the clean and
dirty area of the workplace is only a line of paint or tape
on the ground, it won't work nearly as well as a physical
According to Racicot's research, farm workers are five
to nine times more likely to respect the areas of limitation
when there is a physical barrier between the clean and dirty
areas. This can be something as simple as a bench where
workers change their footwear and wash or sanitize their
hands before moving between areas.
Encourage responsible people
to model proper biosecurity
It's important to position the most responsible people on
the farm to model the desired biosecurity behaviors and to
make it known that biosecurity practices are the social norm.
Racicot was involved with a study testing workers'
personality traits and their links to biosecurity practices. It
found people with high responsibility, action-oriented, and
logical and rational personality traits were most likely to
follow biosecurity procedures. She said identifying these
kind of people on the farm and making them responsible
for encouraging others to follow biosecure practices can
influence others and establish a biosecure culture.
Additionally, requiring a worker's signature on a written
biosecurity agreement or pledge may help to establish biosecure practices as a cultural norm and professional expectation in the workplace.
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