Bloomberg Law
April 29, 2020, 3:27 AM

OSHA Won’t Cite Meat Packers That Try to Follow Virus Guidance

Bruce Rolfsen
Bruce Rolfsen

Following President Donald Trump’s signing of an executive order Tuesday that compels meat processors to remain open, OSHA and the Solicitor of Labor are reminding employers they should try to follow recent OSHA guidance on protecting workers from coronavirus infections.

“Employers should conduct worksite assessments to identify Covid-19 risks and prevention strategies and then implement them,” Solicitor of Labor Kate O’Scannlain and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for OSHA Loren Sweatt said in statement late Tuesday.

Before Tuesday, OSHA initiated inspections at five plants with publicized virus outbreaks—Smithfield Foods Inc. in Kansas City, Mo.; National Beef Packing Co. in Liberal, Kan.; ...

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