Plan and implement a biosecurity program

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver AHCNRM401, 'Plan and implement a biosecurity program'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Maintain a biosecure area to prevent disease transmission through the use of physical barriers and hygiene practices

1.1 Maintain a controlled access perimeter to funnel authorised traffic through control points

1.2 Establish and implement procedures for all staff and equipment to cross the controlled access perimeter into the controlled access zone

1.3 Restrict entry of workers and equipment into the controlled access zone by transferring inputs, waste and products through access points on the controlled access perimeter

1.4 Maintain restricted access perimeters and restricted zones

1.5 Prioritise access to restricted zones on the risks and potential impacts of infection being carried into the zone

2. Implement biosecurity procedures to manage visitors

2.1 Define the risk level of visitors by gathering information before the visit and during sign in

2.2 Establish procedures for higher risk visitors

2.3 Maintain clear signage to direct traffic and discourage unauthorised visitors

2.4 Communicate the requirements for entry to visitors before they arrive on site

2.5 Keep visitor parking separate to prevent staff vehicle or traffic way contamination

2.6 Develop a questionnaire to be completed and signed by visitors to establish their risk levels

2.7 Develop and post criteria for banning visitors including those who fail to make pre-arrangements

2.8 Maintain visitor log books to allow traceability of any subsequent disease issues

3. Apply sanitation practices and personnel movements to reduce the risk of disease

3.1 Monitor and adjust drainage to ensure water doesn't collect and stand

3.2 Implement and monitor hygiene and clothing procedures for entry to the site

3.3 Establish and maintain well-defined transition zones for entering restricted zones

3.4 Select disinfectants that are appropriate for surfaces and water quality

3.5 Develop and implement standard operating procedures for cleaning and sanitising facilities, tools and equipment

3.6 Ensure staff movements and animal exposures are from most susceptible animals to least susceptible

3.7 Ensure boot dips are used correctly and recharged frequently

4. Implement an integrated strategy for pests to reduce the risk of disease

4.1 Maintain facilities to eliminate potential points of entry for pests

4.2 Screen all inputs such as feed, fertiliser and animals to reduce the likelihood of pests being introduced

4.3 Monitor pest numbers through the use of counts or other indicators

4.4 Use good sanitation and hygiene to break pest cycles and eliminate pest habitat

4.5 Control or exclude pests from output storage areas

4.6 Reduce pest numbers by use of an integrated approach using a combination of biological, chemical, behavioural and mechanical controls

4.7 Rotate pesticides periodically to overcome resistance in pest populations

4.8 Document and evaluate pest control measures in response to effectiveness over time

5. Manage outputs to reduce the risk of disease

5.1 Remove and store outputs such as garbage for later removal or disposal

5.2 Locate storage areas for outputs in low-traffic areas and managed to prevent cross-contamination and comply with environmental legislation

5.3 Implement a mortality management strategy using alternatives such as burial, composting, rendering or incineration

6. Review the implementation of biosecurity measures

6.1 Use record keeping of biosecurity procedures to reduce risk of disease

6.2 Monitor effectiveness and progress of control activities and compare with planned objectives

6.3 Ensure standards and protocols for the monitoring of sheds and facilities are adhered to as part of work duties

6.4 Address issues and concerns with biosecurity and amend procedures where required

6.5 Revise control activities as required to address relevant protocols, maintain cost-effectiveness including appropriate resource allocation and contain wider impacts

6.6 Review staff training and induction records to ensure they are able to implement all biosecurity requirements appropriate to their position