How do you establish a hygiene plan?

Establishing a hygiene planPlant diseases and patghogens can be spread in all kinds of ways, eg. Through people, air, water, plant material, insects and tools. Business hygiene occupies itself with repelling and suppressing these diseases and pathogens within your crop. To handle a working method that is as hygienic as possible, drawing up a hygiene plan is adviced. This will help your business to be able to control and guarantee business hygiene as best as possible. But how do you draw up a hygiene plan? Our specialist explains.

Hygiene plan content

A hygiene plan contains a description of hygiene measures that are met in your business and how often and/or how these measures are to be met. It is also noted in the hygiene plan how and how often the in-house hygiene needs to be inspected.

Risk areas when drawing up a hygiene plan

Each crop deals with specific diseases and each business deals with specific situations. Because of this there is no general hygiene plan and drawing up a hygiene plan is always custom work. Each business does have to deal with all the same risk areas:
  • People: among others hygiene measures in terms of hand and foot disinfection and clothing such as coveralls decrease the chance of contamination through people
  • Water: the chance of contamination through water is decreased by implementing water disinfection in the form of UV-filters, heating or with an ECA unit.
  • Materials and tools: by regularly cleaning the greenhouse and used tools with foam spray, Menno Hortisept Clean Plus or Menno Florades, the chance of contamination through materials or tools is decreased.
  • Starting materials: responsibility for hygiene in this aspect lies with seed production businesses and plant growers. Also inspect how hygiene is dealt with at your plant grower’s. How clean are the (Danish) trolleys on which your plants are shipped?

Adhering to the hygiene plan

When you’ve implemented a hygiene plan for your business, adhering to it is the next step. Ensure that employees as well as visitor (which includes suppliers) of your business are informed of the valid hygiene protocol, so they can handle the rules. Offer materials as needed (such as gloves, coats for guests and hair nets); after all, you are responsible!

How do you establish a hygiene plan?
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