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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has entered into a two-year alliance with the North American Meat Institute to provide additional information, guidance and access to training resources to protect workers in the meatpacking and processing industry from COVID-19, the agency said in a statement Thursday.
The Washington-based North American Meat Institute is a nonprofit trade association representing U.S. packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey.
Under the terms of the agreement, the institute and OSHA will analyze the increased coronavirus transmission risks in the meatpacking and processing facilities and develop best practices for preventing transmission. They have also committed to reaching out to small- and medium-sized facilities on available guidance and compliance assistance resources, including OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program, and providing information on OSHA’s enforcement policies and procedures for the industry.
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing meat and poultry processors to continue operations to the maximum extent possible to prevent disruption to the country’s food supply chain. Although temporary guidance regarding the protection of workers has been issued, union advocates and workers rights groups are seeking more protection.