Poultry Processing



There are many serious safety and health hazards in the poultry processing industry. These hazards include exposure to high noise levels, dangerous equipment, slippery floors, musculoskeletal disorders, and hazardous chemicals (including ammonia that is used as a refrigerant). Musculoskeletal disorders are of particular concern and continue to be common among workers in the poultry processing industry. Employees can also be exposed to biological hazards associated with handling live birds or exposures to poultry feces and dusts which can increase their risk for many diseases.

Common hazard control measures include:

Employers must also comply with OSHA’s sanitation standard 29 CFR 1910.141, that requires that toilet facilities must be made readily available and that employees are able to use toilet facilities when needed.


Poultry processing hazards are addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry.

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Hazards and Solutions

Provides references that may aid in recognizing poultry processing hazards and provides examples of possible solutions.

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Additional Resources

Provides links and references to additional resources related to poultry processing.

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