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CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE EMPLOYEES


INTERIM GUIDANCE FROM CDC FOR MEAT AND POULTRY PROCESSING WORKERS AND EMPLOYEES __________________________________________________ PERSONNEL IN CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE POSITIONS Some personnel (e.g., emergency first responders) fill essential (critical) infrastructure roles within communities. Based on the needs of indiidual jurisdictions, and the discretion of state or local health authorities, these personnel may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to SARS-CoV-2 (either travel-associated or close contact to a confirmed case), provided they remain asymptomatic. Personnel who are permitted to work following an exposure should self-monitor under the supervision on their employer's occuptional health program including taking their temperature before each work shift to ensure they remain afebrile. On days these individuals are shceduled to work, the employer's occupational health program could consider measuring temperature and assessing symptoms prior to their starting work. Exposed healthcare personnel who are considered part of critical infrastructure should follow existing CDC guidelines. READ MORE ___________________________________________________ INTERIUM GUIDANCE FOR IMPLEMENTING SAFETY PRACTICES FOR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS WHO MAY HAVE HAD EXPOSURE TO A PERSON WITH SUSPECTED OR CONFIRMED COVID-19 ___________________________________________________ INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RELEASED INDIANA STATE OCCUPATIONAL GUIDELINES ___________________________________________________ PORK INDSUTRY COMMUNICATION ABOUT CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE DESIGNATIONS National Pork Producers Council submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security explaining how broad the classification of essential infrastructure would have to be to keep the pork industry functioning. At the state level, Indiana Pork submitted a similar letter. Both letters can be accessed below. NPPC Letter 3.18.2020 - Critical Infrastructure Workers Indiana Pork Letter 3.19.2020 - Livestock Transportation ______________________________________________________ PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
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TRAVEL AND LIVESTOCK HAULERS


OVERWEIGHT HAULING DURING COVID-19 EMERGENCY PERIOD INDOT has determined that loads of agricultural products interned for emergency response or relief are eligible to travel overweight under the emergency overweight permit, consistent with their statutory authority to issue emergency permits. Vehicles permitted under this emergency permit are limited to 90,000 lbs GVW (axle weight limits also apply, and are included on the permit) and may not exceed legal width, length, and height. All provisions of the M204 General Provisisons of an Oversize/ Overweight Vehicle Permit apply to the emergency permit, and carriers are respondible for any damage caused by their travel. To obtain the emergency overweight permit, carriers must contact the Indiana Department of Revenue's OSW Permitting Office to receive the permit (at no cost, immediately during regular business hours), just like they do with any other OSOW permit. The OSOW Permitting Office can be reached at 317-615-7320 or IndianaOSW@dor.in.gov. The emergency permit must be carried in each vehicle at all times while traveling overweight, along with a copy of the M204 General Provisions avalaible HERE. Indiana State Police have been made aware of this inclusion; they retain full discretion and authority in enforcing vehicle size and weight and OSOW permitting laws and rules. Specific questions can be directed to Leslie Morgan, Freight Manager, at lmorgan1@indot.in.gov or 317-234-2739. ___________________________________________________ HOURS OF SERVICE WAIVER EXTENDED TO FEED HAULERS As you know federal, state, and local government partnership is essential at this time as U.S. pork producers continue to supply America kitchens and consumers around the world with healthy protein. To that end, we wanted to alert you on favorable development today resulting from NPPC's advcacy efforts. On March 25th, the Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it would expand the scope of its nationwide wavier for Hours of Service (HOS) rules to include feed deliveries. The waivers remain in force until April 12, and could be extended if warranted by the COVID-19 crisis. ___________________________________________________ CRITICAL INDUSTRY EMPLOYEE AUTHORIZATION TO TRAVEL - SAMPLE LETTER Employer should consider providing their employees with documentation that their travel is essential. The National Pork Board has put together a sample letter, as an example for employers to compose a letter specific to their farm and needs. See below the Indiana specific points from the "Stay-At-Home" Order. Indiana Specific -Section 11 of Executive Order 20-08, Section 11 designates food production essential - Section 14 (c) of Executive Order 20-08 deems agriculture as essential business ______________________________________________________ MICHIGAN REQUIRING LETTER INDICATING TRAVEL FOR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE While Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Kentucky are not currently requiring documentation, Michigan is requiring a letter to be carried with workers traveling as part of a critical infrastructure sector. Templates of letters to communicate withmployees about the requirement as well as a template for the letter to be carried are available in English and Spanish on Michigan Farm Bureau's website. If you conduct business across state lines, please use these resources to provide your employees with proper documentation. Thank you to our partners at Indiana Farm Bureau for sharing.




ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


DIY DUST MASK VIDEO TUTORIAL CDC WEBSITE INDIANA BOARD OF ANIMAL HEALTH RESOURCES PRIVATE MARKET LIST IDEM BUSINESS OPERATIONS Due to IDEM staff working remotely, all paperwork MUST be submitted electronically. When submitting electronically, please submit to the corresponding project manager to your county. You will need to reference this MAP. This will be considered the delivered document and the hard copy does not need to be mailed. - Please make sure that all email addresses are accurate. -After submitting a document, please request a response indicating IDEM has received your documents. -Compliance inspections will continue business as usual at this time. If a compliance inspection request is made and you fell it will cause an undue burden because of labor shortages, concerns over exposure to those outside the farm, etc. please contact Indiana Pork. -If problems arise as a direct result of COVID-19 outbreak (labor shortages, etc.) might take you our of regulatory compliance, please contact Indiana Pork.




RECORD KEEPING FOR DEPOPULATION AND DISPOSAL


NATIONAL PORK BOARD DEPOPULATION AND DISPOSAL




MENTAL HEALTH


MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE: 1-800-273-8255




EQIP FUNDING FOR MORTALITY DISPOSAL


IN NCRS EMERGENCY ANIMAL MORTALITY FACT SHEET




SWINE EUTHANASIA & DEPOPULATION GUIDANCE


INDIANA BOARD OF ANIMAL HEALTH GUIDANCE




USDA's CORONAVIRUS FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CFAP)


Download the application and eligibility forms HERE. Read the USDA Press Release HERE.





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Every individual throughout the pork supply chain has a role in building and maintaining trust in the industry. From facility owners to animal caretakers to drivers who transport hogs, everyone has the responsibility to do his or her part to demonstrate a commitment to responsible pork production. This begins with a pledge to uphold a core set of ethical principles. These principles make clear the industry’s values in food safety, animal well-being, worker safety, community outreach and protection of both the environment and public health.

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