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Screening Food Industry Employees for COVID-19 Symptoms or Exposure   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Preface: "As community transmission of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] occurs in certain regions and is spreading rapidly to other regions, parts of the food and beverage production system may consider implementing employee screening programs to evaluate staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19 or possible exposure prior to entering company facilities. This guidance suggests factors that companies should consider when deciding whether or not employee screening is appropriate and practical, and if it is, how best it can be implemented. Food and agriculture is considered part of our nation's Critical Infrastructure as recognized by Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's (DHS-CISA) Guidance for Tier 1 Type of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers . Companies should consider how to best protect the health of their employees through appropriate screening, while also being sensitive about exacerbating fear and anxiety within their workforce. Companies must recognize that screening options are evolving and soon, it may be possible to readily and quickly obtain COVID-19 testing rather than using indirect screening mechanisms such as temperature checks or questionnaires. When this option becomes available, it may necessitate revising this guidance. Please note that this guidance focuses on federal law considerations. When undertaking screening, please consult applicable state and local law, as well as any collective bargaining agreements or employment agreements that may restrict actions that can be taken. Companies should also understand that the law is changing rapidly in this area, and stay apprised of any applicable changes."

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2020-03-30
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Food and Beverage Issue Alliance
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Food and Beverage Issue Alliance: https://www.feedingus.org/
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