In order to practice simple biosecurity measures each day to help limit the spread of tree pests and diseases, you will need to have a biosecurity kit in your vehicle as you go about your work. This does not need to be large or expensive. We have suggested the key items you will require below, along with price guidelines. All of these items are easy to source from the internet. Many of them are cheaper to buy in bulk.
Flexible bucket: £6.16
This can be any kind of bucket or even a washing up bowl – it just needs to be big enough to fit your boot in and a few inches of water for washing.
Hoof pick: £2.99
Water container: £7.32
The water container can also be a re-used large water bottle.
Brush: estimated £5.00
Whether you have a long or a short handled brush (or both!) is a personal preference - you do not need to have both.
Alcohol/sanitising rub: £5.99 for 6
Portable pressure washers designed to clean bikes are also a good addition to a biosecurity kit. They work by being plugged into the cigarette lighters in cars and so can be easily used out in the woods. They vary in price with the cheapest starting at around £80.00.
Propellar and Cleankill sanitising spray are both known to be effective against Phytophthora species and other harmful tree and plant pathogens.
The least hazardous option should always be selected unless there are very good reasons otherwise. In this case the Generic Control of Substances Harmful to Health (COSHH) assessments show that Cleankill Sanitising Spray has lower volatility, flammability and toxicity and therefore poses the lesser risk.
For work boots and outer wear we suggest you use Cleankill sanitising spray, to avoid any damage to their fabric and glue.
For metal tools we suggest using Propeller to avoid the risk of rusting. Propeller should be stored in a flame proof container.
COSHH assessments have been carried out for both products. Safety data sheets for both products are included with these assessments.
Note that the Cleankill product 'Sanitising Spray’ has been tested and found to be effective against the plant pathogen Phytophthora ramorum. This should be distinguished from the disinfectant labelled simply as ‘Cleankill’ which is commonly used as an animal health disinfectant, and has not yet been tested for its effectiveness against P.ramorum. Therefore until it is tested and approved for this purpose, it should not be used as an alternative.