NOTE: By submitting this form and registering with us, you are providing us with permission to store your personal data and the record of your registration. In addition, registration with the Medical Independent includes granting consent for the delivery of that additional professional content and targeted ads, and the cookies required to deliver same. View our Privacy Policy and Cookie Notice for further details.

You can opt out at anytime by visiting our cookie policy page. In line with the provisions of the GDPR, the provision of your personal data is a requirement necessary to enter into a contract. We must advise you at the point of collecting your personal data that it is a required field, and the consequences of not providing the personal data is that we cannot provide this service to you.

Don't have an account? Subscribe

Ireland first European state to produce meat plant Covid guidelines

By David Lynch - 03rd Mar 2021

Ireland has become the first European country to produce specific national Covid-19 guidance for meat processing plants (MMPs). 

Published recently by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), the guidance was developed by a HSE convened multi-agency group; the National Outbreak Control Team (NOCT). 

There have been several Covid-19 outbreaks in meat factories in Ireland and internationally to date. But no Covid-19 deaths have yet occurred in cases associated with MMPs here. 

Between March 2020 and 25 February there were 90 outbreaks in meat/poultry production and processing businesses. Some 2,730 confirmed Covid-19 cases have been linked to these outbreaks.

An outbreak of Covid-19 is when two or more cases of the disease are linked by time, place or person. 

The guidance covers infection prevention and control measures to help prevent Covid-19 cases in plants, steps to be taken when an individual case is suspected or confirmed, additional steps to be taken as soon as an outbreak is detected, as well as factors external to the working environment.

There must be a high index of suspicion of an outbreak even if there is only one case in a plant, according to the guidance.

NOCT was replaced by the National Strategic Oversight Group (NSOG) in August 2020. The NSOG is a multi-agency group which provides national oversight to Covid outbreaks in MPPs, construction sector and other settings. 

Meat factory workers who have difficulty self-isolating have been offered accommodation in the Covid-19 self-isolation facility in Dublin’s Citywest. 

The guidance states that any “staff member who fails the screening questionnaire or temperature check on entry to the facility should be sent home and told to contact their GP or occupational health doctor for medical assessment before returning to work”. 

Leave a Reply

Latest Issue
The Medical Independent 20th February
The Medical Independent 20th February 2024

You need to be logged in to access this content. Please login or sign up using the links below.

Most Read