Food Safety Includes Employee Safety
The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented situation for food processors.
The coronavirus that causes COVID-19, an extremely contagious pneumonia-like illness, has taken over our lives, and many people have either self-quarantined, been mandated to shelter in place or at the very least have been practicing social distancing—the latest term in our vernacular, meaning to keep at least 6 feet apart. While schools have moved to e-learning, “non-essential” businesses have closed their doors and so many other industries are able to work remotely, the food and beverage industry is facing more demand than ever.
The employees on the front line need to remain safe and healthy to continue to bring the food and beverage supply to the masses. In addition to worker safety as it relates to COVID-19, it is also important to remember that preventing slips and falls, using proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and protecting against foodborne pathogens are also safety issues that pertain to workers in food and beverage processing plants.
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