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Webinar: Protecting Ag Employees from Infectious Diseases in the Post-COVID Era

March 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

Last updated on March 27th, 2024 at 01:42 pm

Summary: In the wake of the global impact of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and the ensuing coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19), the urgency to safeguard agricultural employees from infectious diseases has become paramount. Acknowledging the rapid and profound effects of the pandemic on a global scale, particularly its impact on individuals engaged in essential agricultural work, there is a heightened need to implement robust measures to mitigate the heightened risk of adverse health and economic consequences among this workforce. Addressing the challenges posed by the post-COVID era, it is imperative to adapt and enhance workplace safety protocols to ensure the well-being of agricultural workers, recognizing their critical role in sustaining essential food production.

This presentation aims to emphasize proactive measures that employers can implement to minimize the transmission of infectious diseases. Key focus areas will encompass education and training, the proper utilization of personal protective equipment, adherence to rigorous hygiene practices, effective sanitation and disinfection protocols, robust communication and outreach strategies, well-prepared emergency response plans, and the incorporation of cultural sensitivity considerations. Employers can create safer and healthier work environments by addressing these comprehensive elements.

Intended Audience: Farm/Ranch owners and operators, health and safety professionals, and anyone who serves as safety personnel in an agricultural setting.

Objectives: After the program, participants will be able to…

  1. Develop a comprehensive understanding of infectious disease control measures to mitigate exposure risks for agricultural workers and employers.
  2. Formulate an infectious disease assessment and control plan by incorporating guidelines provided by the CDC.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of the effectiveness of vaccines in preventing infectious diseases within the agricultural workplace.

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This material was produced under grant number SH-000099-SH3 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


March 27
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
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