OSHA Takes Aim at Poultry Processors: How to get out of the Line of Fire


Find out what OSHA’s recent announcements mean for your organization and discover what you need to do to avoid costly penalties

Four major OSHA regulatory changes are going to significantly impact poultry processors:

  1. A Regional Emphasis Program with sweeping new inspection guidelines around ergonomics, PPE, LOTO, chemical/bio hazards, noise, and sanitation
  2. Further audit scrutiny that could lead to “wall-to-wall” inspections
  3. New Joint Employer ruling makes plants as responsible for their temporary workers’ safety as they are for their full-time employees
  4. Penalties potentially increasing by up to 82%

Key Takeaways:

  • Due in part to OSHA’s Special Emphasis Program, OSHA inspections at poultry facilities tend to be more comprehensive, and facilities will likely be required to show recordkeeping and medical records
  • It is the facility’s burden to show that they have safety procedures in place
  • OSHA gives no advance notice, and you cannot ask them to come back at a different time
  • Establishing a proactive safety culture is key to paving the path to compliance and preventing OSHA violations

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Featured Panelists


Edwin G. Foulke, Jr

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, a leading national labor and employment law firm. He currently serves as co-chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group, recognized as one of the leading national OSHA practices. Ed has 30+ years of experience representing employers in thousands of OSHA inspections and citation contests. Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, Ed served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health under the George W. Bush administration. During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities rates dropped to their lowest level in recorded history.

Marcus Sparks

Marcus Sparks

Marcus Sparks is an Account Manager with Alchemy Systems and has 8 years of experience with the company. Marcus combines 20+ years of Business Development and Account Management expertise with a passion for Learning and Development. He has gained insight from a wide-range of industries – retail, oil & gas, transportation & logistics, and business advisory/consulting services. Marcus applies his business acumen in understanding key food industry challenge, and advises our customers on practical tools, technologies, and practices for succeeding in today’s challenging operating environment.

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