Prior to carrying out a decontamination washdown it’s important to inform the vehicles, machinery and equipment owners about the processes involved prior to carrying out the procedure.
Discussion (in preparation) should include the removal of cover plates, types of chemicals being used, any parts which may need to be replaced such as air filters, removal and appropriate disposal of contaminated waste procedures, the removal of zip ties cables and tapes on wiring and/or hydraulic hoses, removal of excess gross material and grease (by hand prior to washdown), the removal of hand tools in mounted toolboxes, removal of battery from battery bay, removal of fixed engine bay covers, removal of floor coverings, operator cabin seat and floor pan in cabin of excavation equipment and the removal of any items or parts which need to be decontaminated individually.
Various methods and the use of various tools and equipment will be required to ensure effective and efficient decontamination cleansing. However, resource requirements will vary from task to task depending on location, risk assessment, facilities, and the type of vehicle and equipment being cleaned.
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Environmental Biosecurity systems have been implemented to protect our unique Australian natural landscapes, native flora and fauna, and the precious ecosystems they provide. Invasive species such as weeds and pests (including all manner of animal and insect), and diseases can harm entire communities economically and socially.
Biosecurity preparedness must be completed well in advance of arriving at an Interstate or Territory border and must carryover post-border arrival to be wholly effective.
The introduction of invasive plants and pests into an agricultural area or community can have a major impact on previously unaffected areas and communities. Introduced invasive plants, pests and disease in every instance will harm our unique biodiversity, natural landscapes and waterways, and displace native species. Invasive species contribute to rapid land degradation reducing forestry, agricultural productivity and social outcomes.
The reported estimated cost in terms of the economic and control of invasive weeds, seeds, and pests in Australia is to be in excess of $13.6 billion/year, in the USA US$120 billion/year, and globally 1.4 trillion/year.
Vehicles are the major cause of the spread of invasive species, particularly commercial vehicles, machinery and earthmoving equipment. A vehicle of any kind in NOT considered clean until all organic material is removed, this includes; dirt, sand, soil, plants including their leaves, roots, branches, bark, flowers, pollen and seeds, insect and animal matter.
Fines may be issued for negligent spreading of noxious weeds or those making false declarations and deliberate non-compliance in excess of up to $40,000.00.
It’s vital a Weed & Seed Inspection and Cleaning service provider has the appropriate training and certification, skills, knowledge, equipment, and are committed to the cause of ensuring invasive species are not introduced into otherwise unaffected areas and communities.