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Slaughterhouse Worker Safety Training

At the center of the food industry, there is meat processing. Slaughterhouses turn the livestock of the nation into the packaged food that we buy in supermarkets everyday. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Slaughterhouse Workers.

OSHA Required Training

Emergency Evacuation OSHA Regulation: 1910.38(e)

When OSHA Requires Emergency Evacuation Training:

If fire extinguishers are provided in your workplace and/or anyone will be evacuating during a fire or other emergency. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

When there is a change.

Downloadable Emergency Evacuation Training Resources (free):

  • Emergency Evacuation Powerpoint

  • Emergency Evacuation Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Emergency Evacuation Training Videos (paid):

  • Evacuation Procedures by Atlantic Training

  • Emergency Evacuation by Digital 2000

  • Emergency Planning by Atlantic Training

First Aid OSHA Regulation: 1910.266 App B

When OSHA Requires First Aid Training:

In the absence of a nearby hospital or clinic (more than 4 minutes away), a designated employee should be trained to render first aid. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Retraining for life threatening emergencies should occur annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening response should occur 'periodically'.

Downloadable First Aid Training Resources (free):

  • Basic First Aid Powerpoint

  • First Aid Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

First Aid Training Videos (paid):

  • First Aid by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid: React & Respond AHA by Summit Training

Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment OSHA Regulation: 1910.132(f)

When OSHA Requires Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training:

When an employee is required to wear PPE, they must be trained on its usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Retraining required when the type of PPE changes, employee demonstrates inability to use PPE properly, or when the workplace changes in a way that renders previous training obsolete.

Downloadable Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Resources (free):

  • Personal Protective Equipment Powerpoint

  • Personal Protective Equipment Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Videos (paid):

  • ppe

    Personal Protective Equipment by Atlantic Training

  • ppe construction

    Personal Protective Equipment in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Personal Protective Equipment Refresher by Atlantic Training

Industry Best-Practice Training (Not required by OSHA)

Ergonomics

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Ergonomics Training Resources (free):

  • Ergonomics Powerpoint

  • Ergonomics Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Ergonomics Training Videos (paid):

  • Industrial Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

  • Office Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

  • Laboratory Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

Eye Safety

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Eye Safety Training Resources (free):

  • Eye Safety Powerpoint

  • Eye Protection Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Eye Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • Eye Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Eye Safety in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • Eye Safety: No Second Chances by Summit Training Source

Hand, Wrist and Finger

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Hand, Wrist and Finger Training Resources (free):

  • Hand, Wrist and Finger Powerpoint

  • Hand Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Hand, Wrist and Finger Training Videos (paid):

  • Hand, Wrist & Finger Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Hand, Wrist and Finger Safety in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • Hand Safety It's In Your Hands by Coastal Training

Indoor Air Quality

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Indoor Air Quality Training Resources (free):

  • Indoor Air Quality Powerpoint

  • Indoor Air Quality Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Indoor Air Quality Training Videos (paid):

  • Indoor Air Quality by Atlantic Training

  • Mold Awareness by Coastal Training

  • Air Emissions HAP Prevention by Summit Training

Slips, Trips and Falls

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Slips, Trips and Falls Training Resources (free):

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Powerpoint

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Slips, Trips and Falls Training Videos (paid):

  • Slips, Trips & Falls by Atlantic Training

  • Slips Trips and Falls in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Taking The Right Steps by Coastal Training

Hand Hygiene

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Hand Hygiene Training Resources (free):

  • Hand Hygiene Powerpoint

  • Hand Hygiene Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Hand Hygiene Training Videos (paid):

  • Hand Hygiene The Best Medicine by Coastal Training

  • Hand Hygiene For Hands That Care by Coastal Training

  • Handwashing Avoiding Germs And Viruses At Work by Coastal Training

Knife Safety

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Knife Safety Training Resources (free):

  • Knife Skills and Knife Safety Powerpoint

  • Knife Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Knife Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • Knife Safety Basics by Atlantic Training

  • Kitchen Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Boxcutter Utility Knife Safety by Aurora Pictures

Hazard Recognition

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Hazard Recognition Training Resources (free):

  • Hazard Recognition Powerpoint

  • Safety and Health Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Hazard Recognition Training Videos (paid):

  • Hazard Recognition by Atlantic Training

  • Hazard Recognition: Out of the Ordinary by Summit Training

  • Workforce Hazard Recognition by Summit Training

Injury Risk

  • Very Low
  • Low
  • Moderate
  • HIGH
  • VERY HIGH

3.3% (rough approximation based on food manufacturing -> manufacturing industry) 3.3% Annual Injury Rate

Slaughterhouse Worker Safety Tips

Quick Tip

In a fast-paced environment like a slaughterhouse, it is easy to sustain long-term damage from repetitive stress. Make sure to take advantage of your breaks, stretch your legs and neck, and stop working if you feel pain in your muscles or joints.

At the center of the food industry, there is meat processing. Slaughterhouses turn the livestock of the nation into the packaged food that we buy in supermarkets everyday. The works in these slaughterhouses put themselves at great personal risk throughout their workday to make sure that meat gets all the way to the table. The heavy uses of knives, hammers, and the exposure to raw animal products are all considerable hazards to safety and good health. In combination with the fast pace of these slaughterhouses in order to keep up with demand, it can be a grueling job that is both dangerous and exhausting. Slaughterhouse workers need to keep their wits about them at all times, and one of the ways they can accomplish this is by refreshing their knowledge of basic safety tips while on the job. Review this short list of good practices to make your work n the slaughterhouse as safe and secure as possible.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

  • Know the standard emergency procedures for your slaughterhouse.
  • Know where fire extinguishers are located and how to use them.
  • Know where a first aid kit is located and use it to clean any small wounds immediately.
  • Communicate with your coworkers. When using meat hooks, knives, or other sharp objects make sure everyone around you is aware of what’s happening.
  • Keep your area, utensils, and any other tools organized. Leaving out tools, or debris in walkways creates a hazard in the event of an emergency. Keep your items as organized as possible.
  • Always clean up after yourself if you spill something on the floor. Having a slick floor can easily lead to falls.

Wear the Proper Gear at All Times

  • Avoid loose clothing. Especially any articles that have dangling objects like zippers of string.
  • Wear an apron to protect you skin and clothes from raw animal products.
  • Always wear a hair net to prevent any hair from falling into the meat.
  • Wear the right gloves for the right job, especially while butchering or moving products.
  • Never wear open toed shoes or shorts in a slaughterhouse.
  • Keep you knives sharp at all times. A dull knife requires much more force and so can lead to more accidents.

Stay healthy

  • Know how to properly dispose of any waste, especially animal products.
  • Keep you work area clean and disinfected to prevent the spread of germs. Serious problems like e-coli and salmonella can easily breed from a slaughterhouse if it is not kept sanitary.
  • Don’t come to work if you are sick, you risk infecting both food products and your coworkers.
  • Exercise and eat healthy when at home. This will help you to keep up a strong immune system.

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