On June 24, 2020, the Facilities for Illness Management (CDC) and the Occupational Security and Well being Administration (OSHA), in session with the Meals and Drug Administration (FDA), issued protected observe tips (the “Tips”) for the seafood processing trade throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tips will not be meant to switch the final tips that OSHA, CDC, and FDA have beforehand issued and, in lots of situations, repeat and incorporate sure components of them.
The Tips state that the work surroundings widespread to the trade, together with work in shut quarters and prolonged durations of contact, enhance the danger of transmission of COVID-19. Nevertheless, they reiterate that non-respiratory transmission (resembling via contact with a seafood product), whereas theoretically attainable, is unlikely. Echoing previous steerage, the Tips urge seafood processors to create COVID-19 management plans that embrace (1) plans to forestall the introduction of COVID-19 into the office (together with screening and monitoring of staff), (2) putting in engineering controls (resembling bodily obstacles and air flow), (3) administrative controls to encourage social distancing and different greatest practices, and (4) offering applicable private protecting tools (PPE) for any recognized hazards that aren’t in any other case mitigated by the management plan. In steerage particular to the seafood processing trade, the Tips additionally counsel that offshore staff ought to quarantine for 14 days previous to their entry right into a vessel and that offshore vessels must be ready to disembark and/or deal with staff who develop signs whereas at sea.
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