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Keeping Your Migrant Farm Workers Safe from the COVID-19 Delta Variant

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The occupational safety of farmworkers is critical for a stable workforce and agricultural productivity. The outbreak of the coronavirus has made it mandatory for employers to make sure their staff is healthy and vaccinated.

The delta variant of the virus is spreading rapidly across the US. It is highly contagious and contributes to approximately 83% of the Covid-19 cases in the country. The delta variant has emerged as the most transmittable variant of the coronavirus in the US.

Local, federal and state authorities are continually changing workplace safety policies in response to the coronavirus delta variant.

 

Exposure Risk Among Agricultural Workers

farmworkers exchanging veggies

Here are some factors that may contribute to the spread of the Covid-19 delta variant in agricultural workplaces, and what you can do to mitigate the risk.

  • Agricultural workers work in close proximity to each other. They are in close contact with each other during breaks, check-ins, check-outs, shared housing and transportation. Make sure that workers are maintaining at least a 6-feet distance from each other.
  • The duration of contact also plays a significant role in the spread of the disease. Try to keep the duration of contact to a minimum.
  • The coronavirus spreads through respiratory droplets. Therefore, it can spread when workers sneeze, cough or merely talk. Besides, sharing the tools can also result in exposure. The virus also spreads when people come in direct contact with contaminated surfaces. Masking can help deal with this issue.

 

Recommended Practices for Agricultural Workplace Safety

 

Stay updated

Employers should keep themselves updated with the regulations from local and state authorities and industry groups.

 

Control Plan

Agricultural employers should formulate a control plan and conduct the disease assessment according to the CDC recommendations and guidelines from the US Department of Labor, published in “Agricultural Employer Checklist for Creating a COVID-19 Assessment and Control Plan.”

 

Weekly Testing

Healthcare associations urge employers to ensure weekly testing and inoculation of the workers to safeguard their health and productivity.

 

Educate the Workers

Arrange training sessions to aware the employees regarding the risks and hazards of the Covid-19 delta variant and how they can keep themselves safe.

Employers should educate the workers regarding the benefits of the vaccine and encourage them to get vaccinated urgently.

According to a study, vaccinated people are less likely to get infected. They make up less than 5% of the total Covid-19 cases in the country that cause hospitalization or death.

 

The Bottom-line

The spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has affected people all around the world at a considerably fast pace. The agricultural employees run a high risk of experience the negative impact of the ongoing pandemic on their health and economic stability.

Implementation of the guidelines is also important if you want to hire temporary migrant workers by the H-2A program.

At Farm Aid H-2A LLC, we have a team of professional farm labor visa agents in Williston, who work together with the US Department, to provide reliable H-2A placement services to agricultural employers. We can help you meet the H-2A program requirements easily and understand the legal aspects of the program.

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Disclaimer: This blog is for educational purposes only. It shouldn’t be used as a substitute for legal consultancy.

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