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OSHA and CDC Issue Interim Guidance To Protect Seafood Processing Industry Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have released joint coronavirus-related interim guidance for employers and workers performing seafood processing operations in onshore facilities and aboard vessels offshore. The Protecting Seafood Processing Workers from COVID-19 Guidance  includes recommended actions employers can take to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

The interim guidance includes information regarding:

  • Modifying the alignment of workstations, so that workers are at least 6 feet apart in all directions;
  • Staggering workers across shifts to limit the number of employees on site at any given time;
  • Adding additional clock in/out stations, or staggering times for workers to clock in/out to reduce crowding in these areas;
  • Providing temporary break areas and restrooms, or staggering breaks, to avoid crowding in these areas;
  • Analyzing sick leave and incentive program policies to ensure that ill workers stay home and are not penalized for taking sick leave if they have the coronavirus; and
  • Screening and monitoring workers, and creating a system for workers to alert their supervisors if they have signs or symptoms of the coronavirus or had recent close contact with a suspected or confirmed case.

Visit OSHA’s coronavirus webpage frequently for updates.

For further information about the coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

June 25, 2020



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