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8. People
Make sure you and anyone who works with you on the farm understands and uses the good management practices that will protect you and your flock.
You and others who work on the farm should be able to:

  • Understand and recognize basic bird behaviour, including signs of fear, distress and signs of their being too hot or cold.
  • Identify signs of disease or poor health, especially lameness and pad lesions.
  • Handle birds correctly.
  • Perform humane euthanasia procedures as per CFO regulations and training.
  • Properly manage litter and air quality.
  • Know and be able to execute emergency procedures for fire and other disasters.
All those who work on the farm should be familiar with the OFFSAP and ACP manuals and understand the rules and regulations around workplace health and safety. 
You and your staff should also know, understand and use Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for day-to-day work.
  • Your list of SOPs must include, but is not limited to:
  • Farm staff biosecurity protocols
  • Supplier/visitor biosecurity protocols
  • Access procedures for the CAZ and RAZ
  • Pest control program
  • Barn cleaning and disinfection procedures
  • Manure management
  • Mortality management
  • Farm emergency/quarantine procedures
A training record must be kept for each employee. This record can simply be a sign off that they have read and understood the SOPs.