Human safety

Human safety should be considered carefully when developing the Control Plans.  Risks to human safety can arise from the disease pathogen, the killing methods used and other hazards present in the environment, especially when personnel are working in an unfamiliar setting. Personnel may be exposed to zoonotic agents when moving and handling infected animals, or where the killing method initiates the spillage of potentially infectious body fluids. Initially these risks can be reduced by minimising the exposure to, and handling of, infected animals. In cases where physical contact with animals and their fluids is unavoidable, the risks can be minimised by providing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). It is essential to ensure that personnel involved in the killing of animals have the appropriate skills, training and competencies and that all operations are constantly monitored. Equipment used should be in excellent working order and regularly maintained. Back-up equipment should always be provided.

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