COVID-19

Worker Protection Guidance for Mills and Farmers

Worker Protection Guidance for Mills and Farmers

We are providing the attached documents to assist you, as you continue to farm and mill rice and confront the likelihood that employees contract the coronavirus.

Mills

Food Industry Recommend Protocols When Employee/Customer Tests Positive for COVID-19. This document provides guidance developed by leaders in the food industry including American Bakers Association (ABA), Food Industry Association (FMI), National Grocers Association and others relating to steps to take if an employee or customer becomes ill or tests positive for COVID-19.

The recommended protocol is very detailed and specific to food production facilities, distributors and wholesalers and includes many linked resources. We recommended you review and consider using this protocol in your business. Importantly, it will provide consistency in response among the food industry. 

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 is also attached.  This detailed document provides extensive guidance on steps to reduce risk to exposure, worker risk exposure levels and guidance on developing policies and procedures. 

Farms

The attached Monterey County Advisory for Ag Worker Protection is a useful tool for farms to follow as you work to protect your employees in your operation. This is the most specific farm level information we have sourced to date. 

Document – Food Industry Recommended Protocols

Document –  OSHA 3660

Document – Advisory for Agricultural Worker Protection

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