JBS Souderton focused on health and safety of their employees
Our focus throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been on the health and safety of our team members. We have implemented hundreds of safety interventions and are following, often times exceeding, all CDC and OSHA-issued guidance with regard to safety and social distancing.

Since February, JBS USA has fundamentally changed the way we do business as a result of coronavirus. We recognize our responsibility as a food company during this crisis, and we have continuously evolved our operations based on best practices and the latest available guidance from experts.
The company has invested more than $182 million to enhance safeguards for our workforce and $160 million to reward team members with increased compensation. We also conduct random, routine surveillance testing of asymptomatic team members to ensure our preventive measures remain effective as the pandemic continues.
Here is a list of preventive safety measures, many of which will become permanent, that have been adopted at our Souderton facility.

  • Temperature testing all team members prior to entering the facility, including the use of hands-free thermometers and thermal imaging testing technology.
  • Providing extra personal protective equipment (PPE), including protective masks, which are required to be worn at all times.
  • Conducting health screenings for anyone entering the facility.
  • Increasing spacing in cafeterias, break and locker rooms, including dividers in common areas and on the production floor.
  • Promoting physical distancing by staggering starts, shifts, and breaks.
  • Increasing sanitation and disinfection efforts, including whole facility deep cleaning every day.
  • Hired dedicated staff whose only job is to continuously clean the facility, including common areas beyond the production floor.
Continued from above

  • Hired staff to assist with education, training, and enforcement of COVID-19 preventive measures.
  • Using ultraviolet (UV) germicidal air sanitation and plasma air technology to neutralize potential viruses in plant ventilation and air purification systems.
  • Removing vulnerable populations from our facility, offering full pay and benefits.
  • Requiring sick team members to stay home from work.
  • Waiving short-term disability waiting periods.
  • Providing free 100% preventative care to all team members enrolled in the company’s health plan.
  • Offering free Live Health Online services for team members enrolled in the company’s health plan that allow for virtual doctor visits at no cost.
  • Educating and encouraging team members to practice social distancing at home and in the community outside of work; and
  • Restricting access to the facility.
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