In June the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Labor jointly released guidance for agriculture workers and employers. The recommendations outline a template of action ag employers can adopt to protect ag workers from COVID-19.
The guidance covers the following topics: exposure risks among ag workers & employers; how to create COVID-19 assessment &
disinfection & sanitation recommendations; personal protective equipment (PPE); considerations for shared worker housing & transportation; special considerations for children & other topics. To access the complete guidance, visit www.gfb.ag/cdccovid19guidance.
Highlights of the recommendations include:
• Conducting work site assessments to identify COVID-19 risks & infection prevention strategies for employer-furnished shared worker housing, transportation vehicles & work settings.
• Adopting prevention practices such as proper sanitation, cleaning, disinfection & providing PPE.
• Putting workers in small groups to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace by minimizing the number of individuals who come into close contact with each other over
the course of a week. This could include having farmworkers who live together ride in the same vehicles for work transportation and work in the same groups to limit exposure
• Providing COVID-19 information & training to workers in languages they understand.