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Self-Certification and Stay-at-Home Orders

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, FSIS has prioritized the health and safety of our employees while you provide an essential service to the American public by ensuring the safety of meat, poultry, and egg products.

FSIS has followed CDC and OSHA Guidance to ensure the safety of our inspection force and we have implemented many changes since the start of the pandemic. FSIS employees have access to protective equipment, including face coverings, face shields, and hand sanitizer. FSIS-regulated establishments have been made aware of and encouraged to utilize CDC and OSHA’s Guidance for Meat and Poultry Processing Workers and Employers, which describes engineering and administrative controls that help mitigate the risk of COVID-19 to employees. Taken together, these factors help to reduce the risk of FSIS employees being exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace.  Employees with questions about the CDC and OSHA guidelines should speak with their supervisor.  The health and well-being of our employees is our top priority and we will continue to work with all employees to ensure they are back to work as safely as possible. Employees who feel they require additional assistance to be able to work safely are encouraged to speak with their supervisor to initiate the FSIS Reasonable Accommodations Process.

For FSIS employees in states or local areas where stay-at-home or shelter in place orders have been issued or reissued, you are reminded that FSIS employees have been deemed “essential” and are able to continue going to work. FSIS employees engaged in inspection, laboratory, and associated activities are performing an essential government service or activity, which provides a basis for exemption from any conflicting shelter in place requirement and supporting critical federal infrastructure sectors as defined by the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency via a Memorandum titled “Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response” that was issued on March 19, 2020.  Letters were provided to relevant personnel and instructions were given to carry the letter and government-issued ID cards at all times.  This designation remains valid, and employees should continue to carry their letter and ID card during any state or local stay-at-home order so that they may continue to work.


 

Last Modified Dec 08, 2020