This S.O.P explains and outlines the risks of fire and safety hazards in the equine farm environment
Rationale: Identification of fire risks and location of fire hazards and places/things required for fire protection are needed so that maintenance protocols can be established to reduce risk and increase safety.
More detailed plan:
Fire safety standards for the barn and grounds surrounding areas that could become hazard points. ie: keep dust down, sweep and dispose of dirt/debris outside of the barn in a sealed weatherproof container. Dust light fixtures and keep cobwebs from building up around lights and electrical outlets.
Identify locations of smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and electrical panel. No Smoking signs are clearly visible within barn and other structures.
Clearly marked emergency exits with lights, that are always kept clear of debris that could impede emergency egress for horse and human.
Develop maintenance schedule for fire extinguishers and smoke detectors IAW Fire Regulations/ recommendations.
Action Point: Establish standard operating procedures for isolation and hospital stable.
Rationale. Establishing new standard’s for Isolation and Hospital Stable Wing. IAW Canada Code and Biosecurity Code. This will reduce the incidence of disease transmission thereby increasing the overall wellness and health state for the barn and farm operations
The new policy will incorporate recommendations from:
Canada Code section 4.2 Sick, Injured or Compromised Horses and Biosecurity code, section 4: Principles of Infection, Prevention and Control Programs
Biosecurity code: Section 4: Principles of Infection, Prevention and control programs
section 4.1 Sources of Pathogens
Section 4.2 Methods of Transmission
Section 4.3: General Concepts of Infection and Control
For any horse that is suspected of carrying a communicable disease, they will be transferred to the Isolation/Hospital barn.
They will be assessed and monitored and Veterinary Staff notified.
Health Record will be available for review as required.
The horse will remain in Isolation until the risk of transmission has been reduced to not pose threat to the herd.
This page outlines the Standing Operating Procedures. Standing Operating Procedures are an important tool for the staff at any barn, as they provide guidance on what to do and actions to carry out from Emergency Procedures to Pest and Parasite control.
You will notice that the SOP’s are clearly identified so that when needed the reference can be found quickly. These SOP’s will also be available in hard copy and posted for quick access to all staff.
This is a work in progress and will never truly be finished, as when our knowledge and experience grows so should our S.O.Ps
This is also promulgated with the help of all the staff. If you see something that could be done, better, more efficiently, speak UP!!