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Guidelines for farm milk collection  

Version 2, 1 April 2020

This information is collated with the support of Dairy Australia, Milk Companies and Transport Companies and is consistent with relevant risk management protocols and public health advice, particularly relating to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all in milk collection and delivery. In continuing to navigate the COVID-19 outbreak, the safety of all, working across the dairy supply chain, is of paramount importance.

The following information is also available to be downloaded as a PDF - Guidelines for farm milk collection v.2, 1 April 2020

You can also download the Milk pick up procedures poster to display around your farm as a reminder of your COVID-19 protocols.

1. GENERAL PROCEDURES assuming reliable long-term supply of disposable gloves

TANKER OPERATORS

  • Use disposable gloves when you arrive at each farm and dispose of them on leaving farm. Farmers are to provide an open top bin for discarded gloves.
  • Ensure antibacterial spray or wipes are in each truck, at farm pickup point and at tanker bay.
  • Wipe down all hand contact surfaces and touch points prior to leaving each farm and at the end of your work shift:
    On Farm – Door handles, vat, manual valves, milk vat and CIP control panels, etc– wherever hands contact surfaces, eg milk silo ladder handrails, not steps
    On Tanker - Steering wheel, controls, esky handles, all touch points
    At Factory – Connections, hoses, valves, pump and CIP control panels, etc

FARMERS

  • Completely avoid congregating.
  • Maintain a distance from others of no less than 1.5 metres.
  • Sanitise vat room door handles, vat hardware, taps, hoses and wash control equipment used at the end of each milking.
  • The entire farm team should stay isolated from the tanker operator– be absent from the milking shed/dairy when tanker pick-up is occurring.
  • Farmers are to provide an open top bin for discarded gloves and wipes. 

2. GENERAL PROCEDURES adjusted due to the impending short supply of disposable gloves and wipes

TANKER OPERATORS

  • Use hand sanitiser when you arrive on farm and at the end of the pick-up process.
  • Ensure antibacterial spray or wipes are in each truck, at farm pickup point and at tanker bay.
  • Wipe down all hand contact surfaces and touch points prior to leaving each farm and at the end of your work shift:
    On Farm – Door handles, vat, manual valves, milk vat and CIP control panels, etc– wherever hands contact surfaces, eg milk silo ladder handrails, not steps
    On Tanker - Steering wheel, controls, esky handles, all touch points
    At Factory – Connections, hoses, valves, pump and CIP control panels, etc

FARMERS

  • Completely avoid congregating.
  • Maintain a distance from others of no less than 1.5 metres.
  • Sanitise vat room door handles, vat hardware, taps, hoses and wash control equipment used at the end of each milking.
  • The entire farm team should stay isolated from the tanker operator– be absent from the milking shed/dairy when tanker pick-up is occurring.
  • Farmers are to provide an open top bin for discarded gloves and wipes. 

Note: Some farmers may provide milking gloves and/or hand sanitiser, and request Tanker Operators to use them as part of their On-Farm Standard Operating Procedures – open top bin should be provided for disposal

3. PROCEDURES if farm has declared they may be at higher risk of COVID-19 transmission

Higher risk includes:

  • Any member of the farm team recently returned from overseas,
  • Any member of the farm team self-isolating if feeling unwell or with cold and flu symptoms,
  • Any member of the farm team self-isolating while awaiting a COVID-19 test result,
  • Any member of the farm team who has tested positive to COVID-19.

TANKER OPERATORS

  • Use disposable gloves when you arrive at each farm and dispose of them on leaving farm. Farmers are to provide an open top bin for discarded gloves.
  • Ensure antibacterial spray or wipes are in each truck, at farm pickup point and at tanker bay.
  • Spray/wipe all hand contact surfaces and touch points prior to leaving each farm and at the end of your work shift.
    On Farm – Door handles, vat, manual valves, milk vat and CIP control panels, etc– wherever hands contact surfaces, eg milk silo ladder handrails, not steps
    On Tanker - Steering wheel, controls, esky handles, all touch points
    At Factory – Connections, hoses, valves, pump and CIP control panels, etc

FARMERS

  • Alert milk collection through emergency phone number if in high risk
  • Completely avoid congregating.
  • Maintain a distance from others of no less than 1.5 metres.
  • Sanitise vat room door handles, vat hardware, taps, hoses and wash control equipment used at the end of each milking.
  • The entire farm team should stay isolated from the tanker operator.
  • Be absent from the milking shed/dairy when tanker pick-up is occurring.
  • Farmers are to provide an open top bin for discarded gloves and wipes.

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