USDA APHIS - New Contingency Planning and Training of Personnel Rule (APHIS-2020-0101)
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
A critical part of ensuring animal welfare is making sure facilities can continue to provide food, water, housing, protection, and appropriate veterinary care for animals during an emergency, especially if facilities are damaged or animal handlers cannot get to the facility. This means anticipating potential emergencies, planning ahead, and training staff to protect animals.
The new regulations for contingency planning and training of personnel were published in the Federal Register on December 3, 2021. The contingency planning rule took effect on January 3, 2022.
Written Contingency Plan: All current licensed and registered facilities (research facilities, dealers, exhibitors, intermediate handlers, and carriers) must have a written Contingency Plan in place by July 5, 2022.
Training: All currently registered and licensed facilities must train their personnel on their roles and responsibilities as outlined in the facility’s Contingency Plan.
All employees hired before and up to 30 days after the facility puts its plan in place must be trained within 60 days of the facility putting their plan in place.
Employees hired more than 30 days after the plan is put in place must be trained within 30 days of their start date.
For facilities newly registered or licensed after July 5, 2022, employee training must be completed within 60 days of the facility putting the plan in place.
Annual review: The Contingency Plan must be reviewed at least on an annual basis. Any substantive changes to the plan as a result of the required annual review must be communicated to employees through training within 30 days of making the changes.
More information on the Contingency rule, including training, annual reviews and deadlines, can be found at this link: USDA APHIS | New Contingency Planning and Training of Personnel Rule (APHIS-2020-0101)