The CDC Issues COVID-19 Guidance for Seafood Processing Workers

The CDC, OSHA and FDA recently published an advisory for seafood processing workers and COVD-19 protections.

Seafood processing worksites (i.e., factories that are located in plants onshore and in vessels offshore) are very important factors of the food and drug industry—as they are responsible for the processing of fish for a number of foods and products. The CDC’s “Protecting Seafood Processing Workers from COVID-19” guidance gives guidance for protecting workers and provides related sources for workers and employers in the fish processing sector.

CDC’s Critical Infrastructure Guidance advises that “critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic, they have not had a positive test result for COVID-19, and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.”

The guidance recommends that all onshore and offshore seafood processing worksites developing plans to continue operations during the pandemic should:

  • Work directly with appropriate state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) public health officials and occupational safety and health professionals;
  • Incorporate relevant aspects of CDC guidance, including but not limited to this guidance and the CDC’s Critical Infrastructure Guidance; and
  • Incorporate guidance from other authoritative sources or regulatory bodies as needed.

The guidance is for seafood processing workers and employers. The guidance does not replace general guidances like:

Distinctive factors that affect workers’ risk for exposure to SARS-CoV-2 in seafood processing worksites include:

  • duration of contact
  • distance between workers
  • type of contact
  • communal housing and living quarters onboard vessels for seasonal workers

The guidance provides tips on various engineering and administrative controls you can take for your workers to better manage the possibility of an outbreak. It also discusses testing, screening and even managing workers who are sick.

Download Center

  • EHS Buyer's Guide

    Download this buyer's guide to make more informed decisions as you're looking for an EHS management software system for your organization.

  • Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide

    Use this handy buyer's guide to learn the basics of selecting online safety training and how to use it at your workplace.

  • COVID Return-to-Work Checklist, Fall 2021

    Use this checklist as an aid to help your organization return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic in a safe and healthy manner.

  • SDS Buyer's Guide

    Learn to make informed decisions while searching for SDS Management Software.

  • Risk Matrix Guide

    Risk matrices come in many different shapes and sizes. Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively.

  • Industry Safe

Featured Whitepapers

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - September 2021

    September 2021

    Featuring:

    • COMBUSTIBLE DUST
      Managing Combustible Dust and Risk Mitigation
    • PPE: CONSTRUCTION
      The Rising Popularity of Safety Helmets on the Jobsite
    • PPE: ELECTRICAL SAFETY
      Five Tips for a Successful Wear Trial
    • SAFETY & HEALTH
      Medical Surveillance Versus Medical Screening
    View This Issue