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HEALTH & SAFETY

Below are resources and tools to help you continue to work safely and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please share this information.

 

 

Let’s all work together to help each other stay safe.

FARM SAFETY

While there is no evidence of links between food and COVID-19 at this time, we would like to remind you of a few practical farm food safety strategies to continue implementing to protect yourself and your employees and minimize the risk of contamination.

 

Click the button below to view the COVID-19 FARM FOOD SAFETY REMINDERS published by UH CTAHR Extension Agents.

Please remember to follow all federal, state, and county regulations and recommendations.

Please take extra care to ensure that you, your family, and your employees are employing proper and thorough hand-washing procedures in the field with potable water. Attached is guidance for both handwashing station setup and handwashing procedure.

 

Handwashing is one of the easiest and simplest things you can do to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses and bacteria.

[DATE]

 

To Whom it May Concern,

 

 

______________________ is an employee of the [COMPANY NAME] and is allowed to perform agricultural duties as specified in the City & County of Honolulu and Maui County’s “Stay at Home and Work from Home” orders.

 

Under the order, food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing are considered “ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES” and are not subject to the “Stay at Home and Work from Home” orders.  Farmers’ market, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruit and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry are also considered “ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES”.

 

In addition, the orders direct “Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies needed to operate” to be exempted.

 

The [COMPANY NAME] provides support and services to farmers and ranchers across the State of Hawaii.  The [COMPANY NAME] is an “ESSENTIAL BUSINESS” under the City & County of Honolulu and Maui County’s “Stay at Home and Work from Home” orders and permitted to conduct business.

 

 

 

 

__________________________

[SIGNATURE]

[ADMINISTRATOR’S NAME]

[POSITION], [COMPANY NAME]

[PHONE #]

Resources available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

Agriculture Workers and Employers: Interim guidance provided from both the CDC and the US Department of Labor.

 

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility: Recommended steps to take to ensure a clean work environment.

Please feel free to utilize the following resources for more information on the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

State of Hawaii COVID-19 Vaccine Page

The State of Hawaii is in Phase 1B in its Vaccination Plan.

Individuals that are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine include seniors (age 75 or older), medical personnel, and frontline essential workers (which includes food production and agriculture workers).

 

Medical Personnel and frontline essential workers* in Phase 1B are being contacted directly by their employer to coordinate vaccinations.

 

*If you are an organization with frontline essential workers in Phase 1B, complete and submit the COVID-19 Vaccination Form (Employers)

As information and availability regarding the COVID-19 vaccine are different on each island, we highly encourage you to refer to your county’s  COVID-19 website for more information.

 

County of Kauai (Vaccine Page)

 

City & County of Honolulu (Vaccine Page)

 

County of Maui (Maui Health Vaccine Page)

 

County of Hawaii (Vaccine Page)

VACCINE

QUESTIONS?

Contact the Hawaii Farm Bureau at

info@hfbf.org or (808) 848-2074

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