CDC Releases Checklist for Creating a COVID-19 Control Plan on Farms


Anna-Lisa Laca, Dairy Herd Management

June 24, 2020


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week published a checklist for agricultural employers to use to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19. The checklist, developed by the CDC and the U.S. Department of Labor assists employers with applying specific preparation, prevention and management measures on their operation.


The checklist is broken into five sections:


• Section 1: Assessment


• Section 2: Control Plan based on the Hierarchy of Controls


» Screening and Monitoring Workers


» Managing Sick Workers


» Addressing Return to Work after Worker Exposure to COVID-19


» Engineering Controls


» Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sanitation


» Administrative Controls


» Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


• Section 3: Special Considerations for Shared Housing


• Section 4: Special Considerations for Shared Transportation


• Section 5: Special Considerations for Children


Employers can use the list to reassess, update, and modify your assessment and control plan on a regular basis or as conditions change.


Eric Conn, founding partner at law firm Conn Maciel Carey LLP and chair of its chair OSHA workplace safety group, says employers should be aware that OSHA has not released standards specific to workplace safety and COVID-19. However, the agency is using the general duty clause as an enforcement tool.


Here are Conn’s top three reasons every employer should have a single COVID exposure control/response plan in writing: