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Does Your Fairgrounds Need  More Hand-Washing Signs?
Be Safe.  Help Prevent the Spread of E. coli and other Infectious Diseases.

Celebrate America's State and County Fairs with  New Forever Stamps.

Monthly Reminders:
+ Help CFSA Help You: Send your Fairgrounds'  July Contract Logs to CFSA.
+ Progress Reports: Keep your fair's Risk Control specialist in the loop about  Pre-Fair Inspection Report repairs, improvements and plans of action.  
Soap, lather, sing happy birthday twice, rinse:
Does Your Fairgrounds Need More Hand-Washing Signs?

If you have an upcoming fair or event, or if you could use additional hand-washing reminder signs for next year's fair to better cover your barns and exhibit areas, please contact Melissa Thurber at CFSA, mthurber@cfsa.org or 916/263-6163, with the number of barns, areas and hand-washing stations that need signage.  

CDFA's Fairs & Expositions Branch has made a re-order of the Play it Safe hand-washing signs, and CFSA is assisting with distribution. The brightly colored reusable signs are made of a flexible Styrene plastic and feature corner grommets to accommodate zip ties or hanging hooks (staples or nails could damage the plastic). 

Wash Your Hands Buttons
Fairs & Expositions is also providing Wash Your Hands buttons for all fair staff and animal exhibitors to wear during fair time. These 3" buttons, designed and the concept graciously shared by the OC Fair & Event Center, will be distributed to all upcoming fairs as well as to already completed fairs for future events and fairs.

If you have any questions about the Play it Safe hand-washing signs or the Wash Your Hands buttons, please contact Melissa:  mthurber@cfsa.org or 916/263-6163.

Be Safe. Help Prevent the Spread of Infectious Diseases
by Enforcing Best Practice Protocols on Your Fairgrounds. 
#1: No Food or Eating in Livestock or Exhibit Animal Areas

In the Preventative Measure Protocols Related to Animals in Public Places guide, compiled by CFSA and WFA, and emailed to all fair CEO and fair managers on July 3, one of the recommended best practices advises all fairs to establish a policy of eliminating all food consumption by exhibitors and visitors inside livestock barns and other animal areas. This is also a recommendation that might get the most pushback from exhibitors who have grown up eating in the barns. We understand it's relaxing to have lunch in view of the animals and that fair visitors love to snack on delicious fair foods while exploring your fairgrounds, but for everyone's health and well-being, animal areas and food (or putting anything from hand to mouth) simply don't mix when it comes to preventing the spread of E. coli and other infectious diseases associated with animals. 

To help educate visitors, start with your animal exhibitors, their families and friends who can set a good example by not eating, cooking or serving food to others in the barns. When the people working around the animals set a good example, it supports the message presented on signs and repeated by fair staff, if available, stationed at barn entrances and exits reminding visitors that food and drinks, along with strollers, wagons, pacifiers, etc. do not belong in animal barns. If possible, establish a shady picnic area for exhibitors outside of the livestock barns.

One way to ensure everyone is on the same safety page is to schedule a mandatory pre-fair meeting with the exhibitors and their parents, and ask your fair's CFSA Risk Control specialist to speak to the group. You can also show the informative Livestock Barn Germ Safari video from the Play it Safe campaign developed by Western Fairs Association a few years ago: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY3_ain8MFo&t=277s

Here are a few more best practices from the Preventative Protocols lists:
  • Before your fair: Make sure you have enough hand-washing themed signs to cover all animal barn entrances and exits, and easily accessible hand-washing stations. Work with staff/contractors to establish a hand-washing station servicing schedule and document servicing times. 
  • During your fair: Review signage and make sure it can be seen from all angles without obstruction from equipment, garbage cans, or other signs.
  • After your fair: Debrief with fair staff on how the implementation of your preventative measures plan went and what can be improved on for next year. Take a look at the resources list attached to your Preventative Protocols list and create a year-round exhibitor and staff education program.

"Thank you for all that you do at your fair and for the fair industry as a whole as we work together to be the best retainers of agricultural history and promoters of  its future."   
Preventative Measure Protocols Related to Animals in Public Places      

stampCelebrate State and County Fairs with Fair-Themed Postage Stamps 

Go old school. Send an actual birthday card to your favorite someone via snail mail and stamp it with one of these new State and County Fair themed stamps! Four different colorful stamps join together to create a panorama of traditional fair activities; and when separated depict an individual fair-time scene. 
Because they are being issued as Forever® stamps, they will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price. The stamps will be available after July 25 at the Post Office on the California State Fairgrounds and at your local Post Office. Can't wait? You can pre-order your stamps now on the  www.USPS.com   website and have them delivered to your door.

Remember to Send a Copy of Your Fairgrounds' Monthly Contract Log to CFSA by the 15th of Every Month

Has your fairgrounds sent its July contract log to CFSA yet? If you have, thank you for helping us help you keep claims costs down! If you haven't, please do so as soon as you can - ideally by the 15th of each month.  Doing so gives Mario Castagnola, CFSA's risk analyst,  ample time to review your log and to get back to you if there are any questions. Fax your contract logs to: 916/263-6159, Atten. Mario or email them to Mario at:  mcastagnola@cfsa.org.


Keep Your CFSA Risk Control Specialist in the Loop with Post Facility Inspection Updates

After you have repaired, adjusted or developed a plan of action for any problematic areas identified in your fairgrounds' Pre-fair Inspection Report, remember to send a copy of the updated correction sheet to your Risk Control specialist.  (The correction sheet is attached to your Pre-fair Inspection Report.) 

Have questions about your fairgrounds' report or not sure where to begin? Contact your fair's Risk Control specialist or Tom Amberson, Risk Department manager, at 916/263-6180 or tamberson@cfsa.org.      

Thank you for reading the  fyi newsletter. If there is something we can do to make  fyi more valuable to you, or if you have a fair photo we can use in the newsletter's banner, please  let us know: mthurber@cfsa.org.