One of the main aims for the Industry Code of Practice was to provide a common framework encouraging consistency across the UK.
The Code of Practice is now an essential document for HSE agencies who inspect premises, as well as farm parks themselves.
During 2013 NFAN alongside other agencies ran a series of free workshops around the UK on the Industry Code of Practice for Environmental Health officers, farm operators and other interested parties. NFAN continue to run Health & Safety workshops including the Industry Code of Practice. Please see our Educational Workshop schedule.
Any farm park or rural attraction who have questions about the Industry Code of Practice are encouraged to call the NFAN office on 01904 615059.
The key recommendations in the Industry Code of Practice have been summarised in a 10 point checklist which NFAN members are required to adhere to…
1. Your attraction provides and maintains adequate hand washing facilities.
2. Visitors are advised to wash their hands before eating or drinking.
3. Clean hot and cold or warm running water is provided.
4. Soap is provided.
5. Cleansing wipes or anti-bacterial gels where used are in addition to proper hand washing – not as a substitute.
6. The public are prevented from entering animal pens.
7. Visitors are prohibited from eating and drinking in animal contact areas.
8. Where play or picnic areas are adjacent to animal contact areas, contact with animals is prevented e.g. by double fencing.
9. Staff appreciate risks associated with non hand washing.
10. Adequate information is given to visitors on the risks and controls.
It’s important to educate visitors about they can help protect themselves on their visit. The HSE has produced a free document which you can download and print to give to customers or use as a template to create your own version in your brand style.
In February 2018 NFAN launched the Animal Attraction Assured certification scheme. NFAN in conjunction with Kiwa Agri Food have developed this independently audited scheme to raise awareness of industry standards and to provide the industry with a robust structure for the implementation of the Code of Practice.
There is a speperate section of the website that contains details of the AAA Certification Scheme
In 2010 NFAN produced a set of guidance notes (a pre-cursor to the Industry Code of Practice), which as well as covering animal interaction also covered many other areas of advice on safety at farm attractions. The Industry Guidance Notes were updated in 2017 to take on board the Industry Code of Practice and latest changes in legislation.
The Industry Guidance Notes (2017) comprises a series of 9 Practice Notes which can be downloaded by clicking the links below.
In 2012, NFAN were instrumental in allowing permission for a vaccine against E.coli 0157 to be used in the UK on farm animals. Sadly this vaccine is no longer in production. NFAN is keeping a watching brief and will advise members of any developments. For further information, we have posted an article about the E.coli vaccine.
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