Professionals & Health Workers

Transportation and Access to Farms / Greenhouses

  • Prevent drivers and workers who show symptoms [sneezing and coughing, or whose temperature is over 38 degrees Celsius] from using vehicles.
  • Provide hand sanitizers and sanitary tissues papers in the passenger compartment.
Entering the Farm
  • Take the temperature of all workers at the entrances daily and forbid anyone whose temperature exceeds [38 degrees Celsius] from entering the farm.
  • Use floor stickers to enforce the recommended physical distancing [one and a half meters] at entrances.

Inside Farms and Greenhouses

Site Management and Staff
  • Field workers must wear gloves and fabric face masks at all times on the farm, and avoid touching their mouth, nose, and eyes while wearing gloves.
  • Greenhouse workers and crop growers must wear fabric face masks, gloves, face shields, goggles, and isolation jackets at all times.
  • Determine paths for the movement of workers in agricultural fields (such as movement between rows of crops in the field, establish paths, and place points for collecting products to and from the field) to avoid workers coming close to each other when passing by. Workers must be forced to call before entering a common space such as a workshop or a barn.
  • Prevent the sharing of personal tools and equipment (such as protective equipment, communication devices, eating utensils, clothes, shaving products, or towels).
  • Organize the procedures for cleaning and disinfecting animal pens and repeat continuously.
  • Continuous cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, machinery, and vehicles within the farm.
Veterinarian Team
  • Maintain physical distancing for veterinarians who deal directly with animals on the farm and the clinic.
  • Veterinarian staff must wear fabric face masks, gloves, face shields, goggles and isolation jackets at all times.
  • Minimize direct contact between veterinarian staff and farm workers as much as possible.
  • Encourage the use of telemedicine in consultations (for non-urgent cases).
Common Areas
  • Distribute start/end times for shifts, equipment use, breaks for lunch and prayer, and times for lectures and safety meetings.
  • Use floor stickers to enforce the recommended physical distance in common areas (for example queues, lounges, canteen, etc.).
  • Provide adequate personal protective equipment, hand sanitizers, and cleaning tools in common areas (such as at entrances, in the lunchroom, toilets, and other areas).
  • Require workers and food preparation teams to apply preventive hygiene practices (such as washing hands frequently at the start and end of the shift, before eating, and after using shared facilities and equipment).
  • Avoid serving food through buffets and assign a plate filling team for individuals to avoid frequent touching food utensils, bowls, and water jugs while eating.
  • Avoid inappropriate habits while working on the farm (such as spitting, throwing cigarettes on the floor).
  • Frequently disinfect all common areas (such as canteens, changing rooms, and restrooms) and all common surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Install no-touch waste bins. Set a schedule for continuous collection and disposal of waste, especially in animal farms.
Workers Residence
  • Apply labor accommodation protocols.

Third Parties, Warehouse Services and Logistics

  • Delivery areas should be designated for shipments, and specific timetables should be assigned to ensure no congestion in the delivery centers.
  • Fully sanitize delivery vehicles before and after the delivery of each shipment.
External Service Providers
  • Staff at inspection points must be trained on the methods of examination and use of a temperature measuring device, and they must be trained in the manner of wearing masks and other protective equipment.
  • Any necessary or obligatory meetings with contractors or service providers should be conducted outside in an open area rather than in a closed room.
  • Deliverymen must have separate and external toilets.
  • Require deliverymen to wear face masks and gloves at all times, and to comply with transport sector protocols.
Offices and Staff
  • Apply office business protocols.

Tracking and Reporting

  • Follow the instructions of the Ministry of Health and the relevant authorities before allowing any of the employees to resume working, including employees coming back from travel.
  • Ensure that temperature examination is carried out and the concerned authorities are informed about any cases whose temperature exceeds [38 ° C]. Ensure that the case is isolated until referring it to a health care facility.
  • Prepare a list of the employees who work together, their work shifts, and dates.
  • In the event of a positive case of Covid-19, the Ministry of Health must be notified immediately, and the Ministry of Health directions must be followed regarding testing, tracking, and isolation of cases.
  • Prepare isolation rooms in the office, farms, and housing to be used in the event of suspected cases of COVID-19 and follow the directions of the Ministry of Health in dealing with suspected cases.

Awareness and Implementation of Regulations

  • Assign a housing supervisor and protocol managers in farms, offices, and residential areas to ensure the implementation of protocols issued by the relevant ministries.
  • Require workers to disinfect their hands before and after using shared facilities and equipment.
  • Conduct mandatory health and safety training on COVID-19 for all farmers and workers (such as how to wear, remove and dispose of personal protective equipment, and appropriate hygiene practices).
  • Use digital channels (such as social media) to raise awareness of farmers and workers about COVID-19, in alignment with the directives of the Ministry of Health.
  • Set up panels at the entrances of farms, offices, and housing about updates related to COVID-19 and the importance of maintaining health and safety.
Appendix (1): Groups at higher risk of infection