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Worker Safety and Health: OSHA Targets Poultry Processing Due To High Injury and Illness Rates

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Written by Robert E. Sheriff, MS, CIH, CSP, President

November 12, 2018, Updated September 2019

OSHA Initiates Program Targeting Chicken Processing Facilities

OSHA has initiated an emphasis program on chicken processing facilities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas because workers are twice likely to incur serious injuries and six times more likely to get sick than other workers. The program began on October 26, 2015, with a combination of inspections and outreach activities. They plan to allow 3 months (to the end of January 2016) to achieve compliance before they begin inspections with citations.  Although the employer’s program is no longer in effect, the allowance to increase production rates in 2018 has increased the potential for injuries to workers in chicken processing facilities.

Issues at such facilities involve cuts, noise, sprains, strains, back injuries, fluid splashes in eyes and illnesses including respiratory illnesses and infections. OSHA has an information page at https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3959.pdf “Safe Work Practice in Poultry Processing” (2018 Publication).  Also, OSHA provides technical information on Hazards in Poultry Processing.

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