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Governor Whitmer signs Executive Order outlining workplace safety guidelines for meat and poultry processing facilities 

 LANSING, Mich. — Governor Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-145 which outlines workplace safety guidelines for meatpacking plants to keep employees safe. 

 Under Executive Order 2020-145meat and poultry processing plants must: 

  • Conduct a daily entry screening protocol for employees, contractors, suppliers, and any other individuals entering the facility. 
  • Configure communal work environments so employees are spaced at least six feet apart in all directions  
  • Require employees to wear a face covering whenever present at the facility, except when removal is necessary to eat or drink. 
  • Provide clean cloth face coverings or disposable mask options for employees to use when the coverings become wet, soiled, or otherwise visibly contaminated over the course of a workday. 
  • Use face shields in addition to face coverings, as necessary. 
  • Install physical barriers — such as strip curtains, plexiglass or other impermeable dividers or partitions — to separate meat and poultry processing employees from each other. 
  • Take measures to ensure adequate ventilation in work areas to help minimize employees’ potential exposures. 
  • Provide visual cues (e.g., floor markings, signs) as a reminder to employees to maintain social distancing. 
  • Reduce processing capacity or modify the processing or production lines and/or stagger workers across shifts to minimize the number of employees in the facility at any one time. 
  • Adopt sick leave policies that discourage employees from entering the workplace while sick and modify any incentive programs that penalize employees for taking sick leave.