COVID-19 Update

As the state gets back to work and retail stores and restaurants start opening up, it is important to remain diligent on preventing the spread of COVID-19.  All facilities should be checking all workers as they begin their shifts, and facilities must have COVID-19 prevention procedures in place.  Social distancing, proper and frequent hand washing, and proper sanitation must be in place and verified they are occurring daily.  We also strongly encourage our members to implement COVID-19 plans that include these procedures.  Cal/OSHA has released guidance and checklists for Agriculture and Livestock, and for Food Packing and Processing.  This new guidance is intended to support a safe, clean environment for workers in these areas.  The update now mandates a “written worksite specific plan” for these operations to protect workers.  Included in the guidance is information on what is required in the written plan, training topics, individual control measures, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and physical distancing guidelines.  To assist our members in this area, staff has been helping write facility specific plans and helping implement these plans.  We urge our members to adopt a plan and put it in motion if they haven’t already.