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Automated biosecurity system to improve compliance

2021 CPRF
People can act as mechanical vectors, and introduce and spread infectious diseases on farms. Previous studies evaluated biosecurity compliance on poultry farms using hidden cameras and reported compliance to be at 53% and 36% for changing boots and hand washing, respectively. Maintaining an active biosecurity program requires a continuous monitoring and feedback mechanisms. The objective of this pilot project was to test the on-farm applicability of a radio-frequency-identification-based (RFID) real-time continuous automated monitoring system developed in a hospital context to quantify hand sanitizing and boot compliance. Overall, 310 entries and exits by seven different employees were recorded in 2019 on two farms. Boots were changed 178 times out of 187 opportunities (95%) and hands were sanitized 214 times out of 310 opportunities (69%). Having a continuous monitoring system improved biosecurity compliance (almost twice the compliance percentage compared to previous studies) and should be used to reward and motivate employees by providing personal performance and peer comparison data. Participants reported that the RFID system was helping increasing daily compliance, and recommended using it on a larger scale to improve overall compliance. They reported being comfortable with shoes being microchipped and did not find the project intrusive.
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University of Montreal

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