More and more often you will find hygiene poles and mats at the entrance of a greenhouse. People enter the greenhouse virus-free. So, once in the greenhouse, not much can happen. After all, plants do not move.
Jos Veugen, Frans Veugen Bedrijfshygiene: "The focus must be at the front side and the processing room. The movements made there are crucial to prevent viruses in the crop. Hygiene is quite easy to arrange, that is pretty much taken care of. However....harvest carts and casks which are not disinfected are placed in the greenhouse just like that. Those movements cause the risk. Make sure to be aware of the area outside of the greenhouse."
Agent, dosage, concentration and contact time
Jos emphasizes preventing cross-contamination. "Maintain distance and disinfect if there is logistic movement." It should be noted that disinfection is a meticulous task. There are many parameters which contribute to the results. To achieve optimal results, more is required than just choosing a certain agent. Dosage, concentration, and contact time are equally important. It does not make much sense if one of these four is not taken care of. If you are not doing it right, you are not doing anything at all. The risks and consequences are too serious to be careless about it."
Viruses...they keep the mind churning. Both domestically and abroad, Jos has seen interest in disinfection and the accompanying machines grow. "More and more growers purchase the equipment. They decontaminate themselves instead of third parties. Growers are more and more familiar with decontaminating carts and casks."
For more information:
Frans Veugen Bedrijfshygiëne B.V.
tel +31 (0)495 – 46 01 88