BIOSAFETY PROTOCOL CERTIFICATION

Flor Ecuador Certified® has included a new chapter in its certification scheme from the “worker’s health, safety and welfare” team. Adapted for our industry’s need to certify its biosafety protocols, this chapter helps assure that biosafety good practices are applied to take care of our workers and their welfare.

NEW CHAPTER

This chapter will be part of the Flor Ecuador Certified® V3.0 checklist, forming part of an updated version V3.1. We would like your help in understanding which guidelines you consider necessary to update.

With this chapter you are allowed to issue two certificates:

  1. Certificate for Flor Ecuador Certified® (approved by Agrocalidad - Ecuador’s National Plant Protection Organization - to be homologated with its BPA certification).

  2. Certificate of compliance for Biosafety Protocols.

 

After the audits are complete and necessary decisions are made, the certificates will be issued by the Certification Bodies. The audit methodology will be updated to include:

AUDITS

After the audits are complete and necessary decisions are made, the certificates will be issued by the Certification Bodies. The audit methodology will be updated to include:

The deadline to complete certifications was extended through June 2020. As a result, some companies may be eligible for free diagnostic audits from Expoflores for Biosafety Protocols. If a farm needs to certify these processes, this special service may be requested directly from the Certification Party.

 To be eligible for the free diagnostic audits, you must meet with one of the following criteria:

PROTOCOL

Flor Ecuador Certified guarantees our workers’ safety and health. Due to the pandemic and the emerging situation in response to it, compliance with new biosafety measures are required in every farm to guarantee the safety of employees in each area.  The prevention of new COVID-19 cases spreading is a priority.  Employees should feel safe at work in order to continue producing high quality roses.

Flor Ecuador Certified has reviewed these biosafety protocols according to the needs and characteristics of each farm considering the requirements of national and international organizations that have issued guidelines for the control and mitigation of COVID-19. The main focus is to first evaluate existing biosecurity protocols.  Secondly, the evaluation of independent protocols such as: waste management generated by COVID-19, entrance inspection, worker registration (so that in case of infection an epidemiological fence can be put into place), social distancing measures, and the proper cleaning and disinfection of working areas are also considered.

Additionally, the certification evaluates the protocols that each farm has planned and their compliance in implementing them. For example: if a farm has included among their protocols that every workers’ temperature will be taken at the entrance before entering the farm, Flor Ecuador verifies that this is actually happening. If not, this protocol goes on the nonconformity list. The disinfection of shoes at the entrance, the mandatory use of face masks, internal transportation limited to 50% of its capacity and skipping one seat, the dining room kept at 50% of its capacity with a maximum of two people per table, and obligatory hand washing with water and soap as well as with hand sanitizer with 70% of alcohol before meals and throughout the day are other protocols that may be considered.

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