Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday outlined workplace safety guidelines for meatpacking plants Thursday through Executive Order 2020-145.
“Meatpacking plants — where employees work in very close quarters — has proven to be a hotspot for COVID-19 infections in other states, which is why it’s important for these facilities to space employees out and ensure they have the proper Personal Protective Equipment to keep themselves and their families safe,” Whitmer said in a statement.
Meat and poultry processing plants will be required to conduct a daily entry screening protocol for anyone entering the facility, ensure employees are able to stay six feet apart, require employees to wear a face covering and provide them with cloth or disposable options.
The companies must also install physical barriers to separate meat and poultry processing employees from each other, ensure adequate ventilation in the work areas and provide floor markings or signs to remind employees of social distancing.
The executive order also requires that facilities minimize the number of employees in the building by reducing processing capacity, modifying the production lines or staggering workers across shifts.
All meat and poultry processing companies must adopt sick leave policies that discourage employees from entering the workplace while sick and modify incentive programs that penalize employees for taking sick leave.