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OPERATIONS

SEPARATION AND

SANITATION
COVID-19 has ushered in a long list of new sanitation
protocols that are likely here to stay.
By Jennifer Semple | jsemple@sosland.com

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Along with every pet food and treat processor across
the country, if not the world, BrightPet Nutrition
Group, Lisbon, Ohio, manufacturer of premium pet
foods, urgently implemented a long list of new procedures to help protect its employees against the invisible
threat of COVID-19 and ensure the company's continued ability to produce food for dogs and cats. Much of
the battle within processing plants has become social
distancing and fighting fomite spread - virus particles
deposited on any inanimate object that can serve as a
route of disease transmission.
The social distancing changes made by BrightPet to
combat the pandemic include remote working where
possible, reorganization of key operational tasks to increase social distancing, new interaction policies with
outside parties such as delivery personnel and vendors,
staggering start times and breaks to limit the number
of employees in one location at a time, installation of
plastic screens on the packaging lines to provide a barrier between employees, and splitting a manufacturing
line into two shifts.
"Prior to COVID-19, this facility was able to package 24 hours' worth of production on one shift," said
Travis Golladay, general manager, BrightPet. "Since the
COVID-19 outbreak, we divided the packaging team
and moved to a multiple-shift schedule to maximize
social distancing."

For a company the size of Mars, Incorporated, with
125,000 associates worldwide, implementing changes
to prevent human-to-human spread of a virus is no
simple task. According to Katie Evans, external affairs
manager, Mars Petcare, Franklin, Tenn., the only associates going to Mars locations are those essential to
running the factories, veterinary hospitals and a few
other critical facilities.
For those associates, Mars has taken additional steps
to protect them, including enhanced site cleanings, associate health screenings and procuring of even more
health and safety supplies.
"We have introduced 'social distancing' in our facilities, which includes staggering shifts and start times and
limiting gatherings to only those that are operational
critical," Evans said. "Where legally allowed, we have
deployed health screenings and temperature checks for
associates coming to work at our factories."

Resources are
being diverted due
to the increased
focus on cleaning
and disinfection of
frequently touched
surfaces in and out
of production areas.
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Touch, clean, repeat

Dominating the list of measures taken to prevent the
spread of COVID-19 are expanded sanitation protocols
aimed at preventing person-to-person transmission of
the virus. In addition to communicating with employees to re-emphasize existing sanitation and illness policies, including frequent and proper handwashing and
practices regarding the wearing and changing of gloves

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