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OPERATIONS
Employee Safety

COVID-19 made employee safety
more important than ever while
adding an entirely new layer of risk.
by Charlotte Atchley

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Employee safety in a wholesale bakery or snack manufacturing facility typically refers to protecting workers from
such risks as those posed by automated equipment or falls
on the production room floor. Last year brought an entirely
new dimension to employee safety - protecting employees
from the coronavirus (COVID-19). Providing employees
with a safe work environment also was critically necessary to keep businesses running and customers adequately
supplied during a pandemic that had much of the United
States under stay-at-home orders at various times.
" As companies strove to maintain production levels
and regain productivity, they needed to know they could
truly protect employees, " said Jon Anderson, president,
JRA Occupational Safety Consulting. " They realized it was
critical that they do everything they could to make sure
employees felt safe at work. Employees needed to feel confident they would be protected and that they would in turn
be able to protect their families when they returned home
after work. "
Without those assurances, bakeries could not be sure
that employees would be willing to show up to work, thus
crippling production and the country's supply of baked
goods. To keep employees safe in the time of COVID-19
required a web of best practices and overcommunication
within companies and across the industry.

their employees were essential if they were stopped by law
enforcement, which several bakeries reported happening. And now, thanks to a letter from FBIA to state governors and health officials, bakers will have early access to
COVID-19 vaccines.
When it comes to the production room floor, many of
the best practices bakeries have implemented have become
commonplace throughout society: social distancing of at
least six feet between work stations when possible; employees wearing PPE such as masks, face shields and gloves,
and frequent sanitizing of high-touch surfaces. In a bakery, however, social distancing is not always possible, and
break rooms, restrooms and locker rooms also provided
extra obstacles.
" These challenges required companies to become more
creative, " Mr. Anderson said. " In some cases, the challenges
of protecting employees resulted in putting aside some normal practices such as job rotation. Job rotation is done to

Wearing PPE like masks
and gloves is critical to
minimizing virus spread
in the bakery.
JSB Industries/Muffin Town

An extra layer of protection
At the beginning of the pandemic, it wasn't immediately
clear what measures would be necessary to keep bakery
employees safe. Guidance from the Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) was critical to clarifying those measures.
" ABA jumped in pretty quickly to collaborate with bakers to interpret best practices and guidance from the CDC, "
said Matt Gabris, vice president, environment, health,
safety and security, Americas, Aryzta, Zurich, and cochair, human resources and safety professionals group, the
American Bakers Association (ABA).
Infographics and posters in bakery common areas across
the country communicated those best practices: washing
hands, avoiding large gatherings, wearing masks and more.
As a part of the Food and Beverage Industry Alliance
(FBIA), ABA ensured the industry was recognized as part
of the critical industrial infrastrucutre. It also provided
certification letters to bakeries that needed it to show that

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