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NGFA Offers COVID-19 Guidance

Grain, feed, processing, milling & export facilities should develop continuity of operations plans

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The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) offers a Safety Tips Sheet which focuses on reducing the industry impact of COVID-19 by developing continuity of operations plans.

To reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on grain, feed, processing, milling and export facility employees, customers and contractors, and to enable this sector to continue to function efficiently, it is important for companies to develop continuity of operations plans to address specific exposure risks, sources of exposures and other characteristics unique to each type of process and facility, says NGFA.

Each company and facility can use this guidance as a starting point to determine workplace risk levels and appropriate protective measures, such as use of personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing and sanitizing.

This NGFA guidance has been derived from information developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and other federal agencies.

For more COVID-19 industry resources, visit

Steps Employers Can Take to Reduce Workers’ Risk of Exposure

  • Develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan.
  • Prepare to implement basic infection-prevention measures.
  • Develop policies and procedures for prompt identification and isolation of sick people, if
  • appropriate.
  • Develop, implement and communicate about workplace flexibilities (e.g., telework or remote-work options) and protections.
  • Implement workplace controls
    • Administrative controls
    • Safe work practices
    • Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • Engineering controls

For additional information on the above steps, see OSHA’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (pages 7-16) and the World Health Organization.

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