TUCKER, GA. – Poultry producers and processors, along with representatives from the egg industry, will come together to focus on safety and sanitation Aug. 10-12, at the National Safety Conference for the Poultry industry in Destin, Fla. Sponsored by the US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) and the Georgia Tech Research Institute/ATRP, the conference aims to inform and educate attendees about industry protocols to keep workers safe, including best practices for sanitation and safety during the pandemic. The event is scheduled to be held at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin.

Conference organizers said plans are being made to ensure the safety of attendees, given the threat posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19). USPOULTRY officials plan to implement precautions that follow recommendations from public health organizations. The safety of attendees is the top priority, according to USPOULTRY.

“Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local governments regarding COVID-19 will be followed, and regular updates will be provided to all stakeholders if the situation warrants,” USPOULTRY said. “For instance, in addition to the hotel sanitation practices outlined by Hilton, seating will be configured to allow for social distancing if necessary.”

Topics to be addressed at the conference include best practices for safety during a pandemic; sanitizing safely; best practices related to automation and ergonomics; injury prevention; and injury investigation guidelines.

“USPOULTRY’s National Safety Conference will offer a variety of presentations, focused on trending industry topics and updates on government safety policies for poultry industry personnel,” said Frank Cruice, program committee chairman who works as senior director of safety and security for Perdue Farms. “This is an incredible opportunity for furthering education and connecting with your peers. You will not want to miss it.”

More information about the event is available here.