Food Processing Industry and COVID-19 Challenges

Date: May 8, 2020 | Category: Hearing Protection

Rebecca Bernhard, a partner at international law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP, in an April 1 webinar said, “The food industry is almost always put as a critical or essential industry, and usually exempt from even the most restrictive stay-at-home orders”.

Food processors have increased the hygiene and sanitation efforts that are critical to reducing the risk of COVID-19 outbreak in the facility. The surfaces are being disinfected more frequently.

Companies are increasing safety measures. New strategies are being adopted including temperature screenings for employees and vendors, observed hand-washing at the door, etc. Some companies are asking employees to certify that they have not been exposed to someone with COVID-19 before entering the facility.

Social Distancing

headset-to-headset communicationEnforcing the recommended six feet social distance between team members may be a challenge for food processors.

In cases where the production plants make it difficult to enforce social distancing, companies have installed tarps and other barriers between workstations.

Some companies are offering shift differentials and limiting access to key production areas. Companies also have slowed down manufacturing lines and stretched production times.

Companies are making all the necessary efforts to identify and implement operational changes that increase employees’ social distancing.

While Social Distancing is extremely important among essential workers, it can limit team communication, especially in high-noise environments. All critical workers need clear and distinct communication to improve efficiency and guarantee the safety of all team members.

Food Processing 02Sensear’s Bluetooth® headsets enable team members to have seamless face-to-face conversations with each other in the work area without shouting or needing to move in close to others, all while protecting their hearing. The built-in short-range for headset-to-headset communication has a range of up to 150 feet. Communication over longer distances through Bluetooth-enabled devices is also possible.

Sensear’s SM1P Series Headset features:

  • Compatible with industry-leading two-way radios via removable wired connection or Bluetooth®
  • Clear two-way radio communication
  • Bluetooth® cellular connection for conversation and audio streaming
  • Limit ‘in-ear’ exposure to 82 dB(A)
  • Improved short-range with additional channel banks
  • Upgraded 24-hour battery life for use in multiple shifts
  • SENS® Technology - remain aware of surrounding noises and hazards
  • Enhances speech while suppressing background noise to a safe level (for face-to-face conversations)
  • Noise-canceling boom mic

For explosive environments that require UL, CSA, or TIA certifications, Sensear has the SM1P-IS Hazardous Location Headset.

Sensear’s SM1P-ISDP Extreme Location Headsets have earplugs hard wired to the headset, allowing dual protection models to be used at locations where noise may exceed 95 dB(A) and that require UL, CSA, or TIA certifications. 

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Mansi Govani

Mansi Govani is a member of the Sensear team who shares insights on hearing and noise protection. With a background in hearing safety, he aims to inform and inspire readers.