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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

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 out-reach activities. They plan to allow 3 months (to the end of January 2016) to achieve compliance before they begin inspections with citations.  Although the employers program is no longer in effect, the allowance to increase production rates in 2018 has increased the potential for injures to workers in chicken processing facilities.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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