The Ohio Department of Agriculture is committed to ensuring the health and safety of both our inspectors and the facilities they inspect amid COVID-19 concerns. Below you will find the protocol ODA inspectors follow.
At the start of each workday, inspectors must pass a screening by their supervisor, asking these questions:
- Are you experiencing respiratory symptoms including cough or shortness of breath?
- Have you recently traveled internationally or out of state?
- Have you knowingly been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
If there is no travel history, no symptoms and no known direct contact, the inspector can continue to work. If the inspector has a recent history of international or out of state travel or has knowingly been in direct contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, they are to stay home, self-quarantine and monitor their symptoms. If symptomatic, or if a thermometer is available and a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater is present, the employee will not be permitted to work and will be advised to call their health care provider or local health department for advice.
Upon arriving at each facility, inspectors are required to take these measures:
- Thoroughly wash hands upon entering
- Wear necessary PPE for the duties performed
- Clean and sanitize all equipment and personal work areas before and after performing duties
- Practice proper social distancing