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 2020-145, meat 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.