Preventing ill health from animal contact at visitor attractions

Guidance on preventing or controlling ill health at visitor attractions

Every year millions of people visit premises where members of the public, particularly children, are encouraged to view or touch animals such as farm open days, animal sanctuaries, petting farms. 

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

The 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 and real-life case studies, 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.

Useful information

zoonotic diseases from animal contact at visitor attractions

E. coli O157 guidance

Cryptosporidium parvum guidance