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The Latest Industry Code of Practice

Latest Code Of Practice

The Industry Code of Practice “Preventing or Controlling Ill Health from Animal Contact at Visitor Attractions” has been updated and is now available to download here.


The Purpose of Code of Practice

Every year millions of people visit premises where members of the public, particularly children, are encouraged to view or touch animals.

The purpose of this Code of Practice is to help ensure visitor health and safety by providing sensible, practical and proportionate guidance on preventing or controlling ill health at visitor attractions.

This Code of Practice has been produced by the industry and is aimed at the owners, operators and managers of such visitor premises.

It provides guidance, including pictures, of practical measures that you can apply at your premises to help you comply with the law and keep visitors safe. The examples are from businesses, ranging from conventional farms that open to the public for one day a year to attractions that may cater for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Whenever appropriate, you are encouraged to link to this page. Please do not replicate the documents on your own sites as they are regularly updated and the current documents will always be found here.

“The Health and Safety Executive was consulted in the production of this publication. It endorses the sensible, proportionate, reasonable and balanced advice to owners on managing visitor health and safety set out in the Industry Code of Practice.”
Health and Safety Executive
“The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health supports the adoption and promotion of this Industry Code of Practice and believes that compliance with these standards will be the means to minimise risks to health from visitor contact with animals.”
The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Accompanying documents: “Summary of control measures” and “Advice to teachers and others who organise visits for children” are available below.

Summary of control measures
Advice to teachers and others who organise visits for children

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