01/08/2007

BSE - occupational guidance published

New occupational guidance on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is now
available. Published by the British Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 'BSE -
Occupational guidance' was prepared by the ACDP (Advisory Committee on
Dangerous Pathogens) with the co-operation of other government agencies
including the HSE, it describes good practice which, if followed, means that
workers will have a negligible risk of being exposed to BSE infection.

The document provides 'information about BSE to those whose job could expose
them to potentially BSE-infected material, and re-emphasises the importance of
using precautionary protective measures to control the risk from BSE infection.
People responsible for health and safety in their workplace where there is
contact with material that may be contaminated with the BSE agent will find
this guidance helpful in developing local codes of practice for the safe
conduct of work'.

It covers:

  • The cause of BSE
  • Occupational risk

    (including: Possible routes of transmission and Occupations at risk)
  • Risk assessment

    (including: Conducting a risk assessment, Identifying the hazards ­ what are
    the risks?, Work with live animals/animal, husbandry, Slaughter, Carcass
    dressing, Disposal of SRM, Cleaning and disinfection of facilities, vehicles
    and equipment, Carcass meat and other offals, Rendering, storage and disposal
    of greaves from SRM)
  • Precautions at work

    (including: Guide to the basic hygiene precautions to avoid contamination with
    BSE and Good environmental hygiene procedures and design)



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AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive