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