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Biosecurity resources

Last edited: Mar 29, 2022, 5:27 PM

When working or volunteering in the field, there is a risk that you could accidentally spread invasive non-native species and other biosecurity threats, such as diseases, between sites on your clothing, footwear, equipment or vehicle.

You can reduce the risk by following a good biosecurity routine. It’s important to do this every time you work in the field, even if you can’t see any invasive non-native species or diseases, as they can be spread from tiny fragments or invisible to the eye.

 

Basic biosecurity advice for site visits

You should consider biosecurity at the earliest stage when planning any field work, from surveying an area to removing non-native species. Some biosecurity measures can be as simple and as quick as making sure your equipment (including any sampling or survey equipment), footwear, PPE, and vehicle is clean.

  1. If practical do not take vehicles onto premises, keep to established tracks and park vehicles on hard standing.
  2. Arrive at the site with clean equipment, footwear and vehicle.
  3. Ensure equipment and footwear is clean (visually from soil and debris) before leaving the site.
  4. Ensure vehicle is kept clean - in particular, remove any accumulated mud before leaving the site.
  5. Make use of facilities provided on the site to clean footwear/equipment.
  6. Keep access to a minimum.
  7. Where possible avoid areas of livestock or known disease.
  8. Plan visits so that the highest risk site is visited last.

Resources

The resources below have been developed by a range of organisations and provide different examples of specific biosecurity guidance. There are also safety data sheets, which can be used as a guide if using Virkon or sanitising spray.

Online biosecurity training

Take free online training (external link) to improve your understanding of biosecurity. Check your knowledge with a test and download a certificate once you have passed.

General field biosecurity:

Aquatic biosecurity:

Marine biosecurity:

Other resources:

Animal diseases:

Fish diseases:

Amphibian diseases:

Disinfection: