COVID-19 Resources for Ag Communities Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health

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Guidance for Agricultural Workers and Employers

Key Points

  • Management in the agriculture industry should conduct work site assessments external icon to identify coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) risks and infection prevention strategies to protect workers.
  • Work site guidance for COVID-19 prevention and control should be taken into consideration in employer-furnished shared worker housing, transportation vehicles and work settings.
  • Prevention practices should follow the hierarchy of controls, which includes using source control and a combination of engineering controls, administrative controls (especially proper sanitation, cleaning, and disinfection), and personal protective equipment.
  • Grouping workers together into cohorts may reduce the spread of COVID-19 transmission in the workplace by minimizing the number of different individuals who come into close contact with each other over the course of a week, and may also reduce the number of workers quarantined because of exposure to the virus.
  • Owners/operators should maximize opportunities to place farmworkers residing together in the same vehicles for transportation and in the same cohorts to limit exposure.
  • Basic information and training about infection prevention should be provided to all farmworkers in languages they can understand.
  • Agriculture work sites developing plans for continuing operations where COVID-19 is spreading among workers or in the surrounding community should work directly with appropriate state and local public health officials and occupational safety and health professionals.

To prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19, agricultural employers can use this checklist to create a COVID-19 assessment and control plan for applying specific preparation, prevention, and management measures. The checklist is divided into five sections: assessment, control plan, shared housing, transportation, and children.

COVID-19 Ag Task Force Response

COVID-19 is threatening agricultural communities on many fronts. This is a discussion with rural health and safety professionals, Ag commodity associations, NPOs, government agencies, academia and the agricultural community. The goal of these weekly think tanks is to identify risks that farmers, farm workers and ranchers face as it relates to COVID-19.

Upcoming webinar Agrisafe: June 24th 12:00CDT

Respiratory PPE fit testing helps assure the best protection against dangerous airborne particles. Agricultural workers face a myriad of challenges in obtaining a proper fit test and who can provide this service. Additionally, there are gray areas of misunderstanding about the fit testing mandates in certain agricultural populations. Respirator Fit Testing in Agricultural Communities will address some of these issues in an OSHA sponsored webinar.

Carolyn Sheridan from AgriSafe discusses with a farm family the importance of using masks in agricultural settings and the health consequences of dust exposure in these settings

Video Series on:

• Choosing the Right Mask

• How to Get the Right Fit

• How to Care for Your Mask

• Purchasing a Mask

• Mask Seal Check


Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19


Good hand hygiene is the best way to protect yourself from a respiratory illness like COVID-19.

In the video above, Lauren Hinkle, Nebraska Medicine infection preventionist, demonstrates the hand-washing technique recommended by the World Health Organization.

This method takes about 40 seconds. You can use hot or cold water, but make sure you're applying enough friction.

Step 1:

Wet your hands with water.

Step 2:

Apply enough soap to cover all hand surfaces.

Step 3:

Rub your hands palm to palm.

Step 4:

Interlace your fingers, with your palm touching the back of the other hand. Rub back and forth. Do the same on the other side.

Step 5:

Face your palms together, interlace your fingers, and rub back and forth.

Step 6:

Rub rotationally around the base of both thumbs.

Step 7:

Cup your hand and rub the tips of all your fingers in your cupped palm to clean your nails and nail beds. Do this for both hands.

Step 8:

Open up your palm, rub the tips of your fingers in small little circles inside each palm.

Step 9:

Finish off the time by rubbing soap all over your hands, then rinse.

Step 10:

Use a paper towel, or something else, to dry your hands before turning off the water. Once your hands are dry, use the towel to turn off the faucet.

To have resources added or for questions please contact Ellen Duysen ellen.duysen@unmc.edu.

Document created and maintained by Anthony Johnson, UNMC MPH Candidate.

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