American food company Tyson released a white paper this month to share what the company has learned about keeping its workers and their communities safe during the course of the pandemic.
The report, “Promoting Workplace Safety in the Era of COVID-19,” was developed by a panel of a scientific working group that convened last August that included Dr. Harry Hull, former epidemiology and infectious disease specialist for the CDC, WHO, and State of Minnesota; Dr. Scott Cherry of Axiom Mexical Consulting; Dr. Daniel Castillo form Matrix Medical Network; and Dr. Margje (Marthe) Haverkamp of Alvarez & Marsal.
“It is clear from our experience with the pandemic so far that commercial organizations, no less than public entities, need to be actively engaged in seeking better insights about the way the virus works and finding innovative ways on how to handle the pandemic in the workplace and in the community,” the company’s white paper said.
Tyson’s panel examines a wide range of workplace safety issues in the white paper, including testing and tracing, testing sensitivity and specificity, testing in workplace and communities, vaccinations in the workplace, public and private partnerships, education and behavior change, and identifying areas for future research.
Since the pandemic started, Tyson has implemented a wide range of workplace safety initiatives, including widespread testing of its employees and putting safety features and processes in place at its facilities.