Columbia Grain International (CGI) has implemented an enhanced safety plan this harvest season, comprised of essential safety reminders and preventative training seminars, backed by a tactical COVID-19 mitigation strategy, to keep their producers and customers safely connected and protected.
"COVID-19 has created new challenges to the way we typically approach harvest, but that hasn’t changed the fact that our communities need healthy and nutritious food, now more than ever," says William Spreeman, director of safety for CGI. "We’ve been fortunate to continue our harvest training and education, in tandem with our COVID-19 mitigation efforts, to ensure a safe, productive harvest."
In the past CGI enjoyed lots of face-to-face interaction with its producers, but it's now implementing new preventative measures that allow trucks to stop at a window to talk with a merchandiser at a safe distance while waiting to get weighed in at the scales.
CGI has sought alternative interactions to satisfy their customers’ need for high-quality grains to keep everyone safe.
They are meeting in smaller groups, limiting hosting customers indoors, and practicing social distancing.