Day-to-day operations inside Hormel’s plant in Austin have changed quite drastically since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Since COVID has started, we’ve put kind of a multi-layer approach for our interventions. When you first come in the plant each and every day, we’ll give you a temp check. We’re temp-checking 100 percent of employees as they walk in the front door,” said Hormel Foods Austin Plant Manger Clint Walters.
Hormel Foods has also taken steps to make sure employees aren’t gathering in locker rooms and break rooms as they begin their work day.
“Once you get down to the floor and go to your production area, then you’ll be donning a face mask. 100 percent of the people wear a face mask to work each and every day. Many people are wearing a face shield in addition to that, that they will then put over their face and face mask. Then, you’ll work now in your work area, maybe partitioned off with what we call our Plexiglas or plastic dividers between areas where specifically they can’t create social distance on the line. Now you have multi-layers of protection when you come into work each and every day,” Walters said.