Disinfection protocols, when implemented correctly, can be a cost-effective means of reducing pathogenic organisms and are an important step in any biological risk management program. Development and implementation of a step-by-step disinfection protocol for the control and prevention of infectious disease has become essential for farms and veterinary clinics.

These references will provide an overview of:

  • Considerations necessary when choosing a disinfectant and developing a disinfection protocol
  • Various classes of disinfectants and their advantages and disadvantages
  • Important information found on disinfectant labels
  • Essential steps of an effective disinfection protocol

Disinfection 101
This document provides a general overview of disinfectant information regarding proper selection, application, mixing, reading a label, and effectiveness against various disease causing organisms.
PDF (20 pgs)
Characteristics of Selected Disinfectants
This handout reviews the various types of disinfectant classes available and lists common trade names, how they work, advantages, disadvantages, and what type of organisms they are effective against.
PDF (1 pg)
Antimicrobial Spectrum of Disinfectants
This handout reviews the various types of disinfectant classes available and indicates what types of organisms are susceptible or resistant.
PDF (1 pg)
Bacteria Group Review Table
This handout reviews the various types of bacteria based on their classification as gram negative or positive as this is important when selecting an effective disinfectant.
PDF (1 pg)
Virus Family Table
This multiple page handout reviews the various types of RNA and DNA viruses. It lists whether they are enveloped or not, the diseases they cause and the species affected. This handout supplements the other disinfectant information and assists in proper selection of an effective disinfectant on farms.
PDF (6 pgs)
Cleaning and Disinfection Protocol
PDF (1 pg)
Sign: Disinfectant Formulation
PDF (1 pg)
Reading Disinfectant Product Labels
This serves as an educational guide for reading disinfectant labels. It is essential those working on farm understand how to properly mix disinfectants, what proper contact time is, the need for personal protective gear while handling certain disinfectants, and what the product can be effectively used on. This helps explain where to find that information on a product label.
English PDF (1 pg)
Spanish PDF (1 pg)

Sign: Wash Your Hands
Full Size PDF (1 pg)
Small Size PDF (1 pg)