Our Steps Toward Safety Regarding COVID-19

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Jim Perdue

Supporting Our Associates, Their Families and the Community

“As a 100-year-old family company, taking care of our people is our first priority in everything we do. As we continue to navigate the uncertainty of the pandemic, we remain committed to creating the safest possible workplace for our essential frontline associates all across the nation.”

Jim Perdue
Chairman, Perdue Farms

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Enhanced Safety Measures

Face Masks for Anyone Entering Our Facilities

We have provided more than 2.3 million face masks for anyone entering our facilities since March.

Promoting Social Distancing

We have installed more than 2,000 easy-to-clean partitions where possible on production lines and elsewhere in our facilities to promote social distancing.

Enhanced Hand Sanitizing

Associates must sanitize their hands before, during and after their shift, and when entering or leaving any area of the facility. We have provided more than 18,500 liters of foam hand sanitizer and soap.

Contactless Temperature Checks

Everyone entering our facilities is subject to non-contact temperature checks.

Caring for Our Associates’ Families

We’re sending care packages home with associates in communities that have seen a spike in COVID-19 cases. The packages include a reusable thermometer, hand sanitizer and face masks.

Access to Onsite Health Care Experts

Every associate has access to onsite, co-pay free health care at one of our company wellness centers.

COVID-19 Response by the Numbers

2.3 million +

2.3 million +

Free masks provided to anyone entering our facilities since March

1.9 million +

1.9 million +

Pounds of protein donated across our footprint to feed struggling families amid pandemic

1 million +

1 million +

Disposable gloves provided to associates in food plants

36,000

36,000

Additional bottles of hand sanitizer purchased

7,000 +

7,000 +

Foam soap cartridges purchased

3,000

3,000

COVID-19 care packages mailed to homes of associates in communities seeing spike in virus cases

2,256

2,256

Cartridges of foam hand sanitizer purchased

2,000 +

2,000 +

Social distancing partitions installed in our operations where possible

200 +

200 +

Additional containers of Clorox wipes purchased

How We’re Supporting Our Associates

Beginning in early March, Perdue has taken the following steps to create additional layers of safety for our associates:

  • We have proactively increased our stringent cleaning and sanitation protocols.
  • Where social distancing isn’t possible in our production facilities, we are rolling out temporary installations of dividers between our associates on production lines. The design of these partitions is such that they can be easily customized and installed in many different applications throughout our production facilities where needed. The stainless elements are welded versus bolted to minimize potential pathogen harborage points. Made using either plexiglass or stretched trash bags, the dividers will be cleaned or replaced, respectively, between every shift.
  • Utilizing infrared non-contact temperature devices, everyone entering a production facility must have their temperature taken each day by trained testers. Anyone with a temperature at or above applicable health department guidelines will be directed to that facility’s onsite Wellness Center, which is always available free of charge to our associates, for further screening and instruction.
  • We are rolling out a disposable mask program which will be available at all production facilities by the end of this week.
  • We have extended the hours of many of our onsite Wellness Centers for the foreseeable future, which are staffed with local healthcare providers and are available to all associates and their families free of charge. Some Wellness Center locations are accessible to Perdue associates only in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices that prohibit outside guests from entering the building. Dependents of associates who are unable to visit a Wellness Center can talk directly with a doctor by using telehealth services that are available through Perdue’s healthcare provider at no cost. Additionally, associates and their family members have access to the company’s Employee Assistance Program which provides a variety of confidential services including professional counselors and work/life specialists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Associates are encouraged to stay home if they are not feeling well or think they might have been exposed to the virus.

Perdue is aware that this pandemic is creating stress for many of our associates and their families beyond the immediate health concerns. That is why, in addition to additional safety precautions in our facilities, Perdue has taken steps to increase compensation for our employees and create flexibilities in our leave policies. For example:

  • We have waived the 5-day waiting period of short-term disability for any associate who contracts COVID-19, so that he or she can receive immediate benefits.
  • All hourly associates have received a $1-per-hour pay raise and all Piece Rate associates (such as Perdue Truck Drivers) a $40-per-week pay increase. These temporary increases will be in effect March 23 to May 31, 2020.
  • We are fully funding our annual profit-sharing Associate Bonus Program and paying it to eligible associates two months early. Normally, associates must be employed with us on the first day of our Fiscal Year (on or around April 1, 2019) to be eligible for this bonus, but we have adjusted this criterion to include applicable associates hired prior to February 1, 2020.
  • Because this pandemic has caused many of our associates to cancel their vacation or personal time off (PTO), we have temporarily removed the PTO accrual maximum for all associates until June 1, 2020. This will allow associates to continue accruing PTO weekly/biweekly past the maximum amount, and they will have until June 1, 2021 to utilize the days over their PTO maximum.
  • We are providing our production associates with chicken products to take home for themselves and their families.

 

COVID-19 and Food Safety

Per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is not known to be a foodborne pathogen. As the agency has stated, “because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.” Perdue continues to follow strict preventive safety and sanitation standards in all our facilities. In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service continues to inspect all Perdue Farms products, which are made with the highest standards of safety and quality, as well as our production facilities, which are fully sanitized every 24 hours at minimum.

Additional resources from federal food safety agencies:

News and Updates

  • Perdue Farms salutes our Frontline Hero Associates with a 5-part series of videos featuring our associates sharing what motivates them to come to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Part 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 – May 28, 2020 

Video Updates

Perdue Farms salutes our Frontline Hero Associates with a 5-part series of videos featuring our associates sharing what motivates them to come to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, Part 1

Perdue Farms salutes our Frontline Hero Associates with a 5-part series of videos featuring our associates sharing what motivates them to come to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, Part 2

Perdue Farms salutes our Frontline Hero Associates with a 5-part series of videos featuring our associates sharing what motivates them to come to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, Part 3

Perdue Farms salutes our Frontline Hero Associates with a 5-part series of videos featuring our associates sharing what motivates them to come to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, Part 4

Perdue Farms salutes our Frontline Hero Associates with a 5-part series of videos featuring our associates sharing what motivates them to come to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, Part 5

A Message from Jim Perdue on the Safety of Employees

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