May 2020 OSHA Quicktakes

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Coronavirus Response

A new OSHA chart outlines safety steps to take based on worker exposure risk by industry.

Workers have the right to report an unsafe workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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COVID-19 Quick Tips Videos

Three new animated videos provide quick tips on social distancing, disinfecting workplaces, and industry risk factors to keep workers safe from COVID-19.


How to Align Meatpacking Processing Workstations
U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA and CDC Issue Interim Guidance To Protect Workers in Meatpacking and Processing Industries

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released joint coronavirus-related interim guidance for meatpacking and meat processing workers and employers – including those involved in beef, pork and poultry operations. The guidance includes recommended actions employers can take to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

“As essential workers, those in the meatpacking and processing industries need to be protected from coronavirus for their own safety and health,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt. “OSHA’s newest guidance document outlines steps employers can take to provide a safe and healthy workplace for workers in the meatpacking and processing industries.”

The coronavirus has affected many meat and poultry processing facility workers in plants in several U.S. states. While the meat products these workers handle do not expose them to the coronavirus, close contact with coworkers and supervisors may contribute to their potential exposures.

The interim guidance from OSHA and the CDC includes information regarding:

  • Cleaning of shared meatpacking and processing tools;
  • Screening employees for the coronavirus before they enter work facilities;
  • Managing workers who are showing symptoms of the coronavirus;
  • Implementing appropriate engineering, administrative, and work practice controls;
  • Using appropriate personal protective equipment; and
  • Practicing social distancing at the workplace.



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Preventing Exposure

The latest OSHA Alerts provide recommended practices to help prevent exposure in construction, retail sales, package delivery, and manufacturing.


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