Hand washing to the fore of revised farm visit code of practice

Hand washing to the fore of revised farm visit code of practice

“…preventing or controlling ill health at visitor attractions”

Every year in the UK many people, including groups of younger children, visit areas where they are allowed to watch and interact with animals. Indeed, so popular is this, that “millions of people” enjoy the benefits of farm visits and petting zoos, according to the Access To Farms website

A valuable document can be downloaded from the site – a Code of Practice which provides essential advice and guidance on preventing or controlling ill health at visitor attractions.

The Industry Code of Practice Preventing or Controlling Ill Health from Animal Contact at Visitor Attractions has recently been updated and is available free of charge.

This comprehensive resource contains a great deal relevant and useful information, regarding such topics as first aid, fire safety, ways of effectively conveying information and potential health and safety issues.

Hand washing is crucial

One of the most important considerations in the guidance concerns hand washing, such as the kind of facilities that must be made available – and where they should be situated. The information is clear – hand gels and bowls of static water are simply not acceptable.

“While the primary control measures should focus on reducing and eliminating faecal contamination, the most effective method of removing dirt and contamination remains hand washing with soap and running hot and cold, or warm water followed by hand drying.”

The provision of bars of soap is discouraged (they could become contaminated), with liquid soap being deemed a “better solution.”

Hand washing at the point of need

It is essential, says the document, that such facilities must be “located so that they are convenient for visitors to use”. Furthermore, they should be situated where they are most needed, with examples given including anywhere where contact with animals is allowed or encouraged, at entrances to eating areas within “reasonable distance” to play areas and finally, at the exit from the attraction.

A useful calculator is also provided that will enable those in charge of centres to calculate how many hand washing facilities that they will require at peak times, to ensure that effective hand hygiene can be maintained.

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Children must wash hands with soap and water when participating in Open Farm Sunday

Mobile hand wash units for children can be used indoors and out

The Kiddiwash range of warm water hand wash units are perfect for smaller hands – and are ideal where a portable solution is required.

Whether you require a larger wheeled unit such as the KiddiSynk, or the ultra portable Kiddiwash Xtra, you can ensure that all children in your care are able to wash their hands whether inside or out.