COVID-19 RESOURCE UPDATE: CDC Issues Agricultural Employer Checklist for Assessing and Controlling COVID-19

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The Center for Disease and Control (CDC) released a checklist designed for agricultural employers based on a recent interim guidance from the CDC and U.S. Department of Labor. This checklist may be a helpful guidance for employers monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the workplace.

The Checklist (available here) is divided into five primary sections:

Section 1: Assessment

Section 2: Control Plan based on the Hierarchy of Controls including:

  • Screening and Monitoring Workers
  • Managing Sick Workers
  • Addressing Return to Work after Worker Exposure to COVID-19
  • Engineering Controls
  • Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sanitation
  • Administrative Controls
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Section 3: Special Considerations for Shared Housing

Section 4: Special Considerations for Shared Transportation

Section 5: Special Considerations for Children

We have previously covered the Key Points from the CDC Agricultural Workers Guidance, which can be found here.

Counsel to Management:

Conflicting advice from multiple sources continues to be a problem for employers trying to respond responsibly to the COVID-19 pandemic and protect employees. The best practice is to have a plan in place before your Company has an employee diagnosed. If you have questions about COVID-19 compliance and what to do if an employee tests positive, contact The Saqui Law Group, a Division of Dowling Aaron Incorporated.

By: The Saqui Law Group and Heather Domingo

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