Poultry Processing Industry eTool
Standards & Compliance
Poultry processing is regulated under the OSHA General Industry standards (29 CFR 1910). Though there are no standards unique to this industry, all aspects of each operation must carefully be evaluated for compliance with appropriate standards.
OSHA has issued several documents that help in determining compliance with particular General Industry Standards.
Directives and Enforcement Policies
- Inspection Guidance for Poultry Slaughtering and Poultry Processing Establishments. OSHA Memorandum, (October 28, 2015).
- Ergonomic Hazard Alert Letter Follow-up Policy. OSHA Directive CPL 02-00-144, (April 11, 2007).
- Contracting Occupationally Related Psittacosis. OSHA Hazard Information Bulletin (HIB), (August 8, 1994).
Personal Protective Equipment
- OSHA Standard Interpretations and Compliance Letters
- Use of personal protective equipment for washing sharp utensils. (December 10, 1991).
- 29 CFR 1910.132 requirement to determine need for personal protective equipment. (July 3, 1995).
- Employer Payment for Personal Protective Equipment; Final Rule. Final Rules 72:64341-64430. (November 15, 2007). Stipulates that the employer must pay for required personal protective equipment, except in the limited cases specified in the standard. Safety-toe protective footwear and prescription safety glasses were excepted from the employer payment requirement, in large part because these items were considered to be very personal in nature and were often worn off the jobsite.
- Compliance policy on unguarded rotary knives used in poultry processing industries. OSHA Standard Interpretation and Compliance Letter. ( November 19, 1992).