Practical Resources

Below you can find practical resources, including trainings, templates, and infographics/signage used for controlling the spread of COVID-19 in food facilities.


Training for Food Processing Employees

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Get a certificate for training here:

Training for Fresh Produce Farms and Packinghouses

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COVID-19 Management Control Strategies for Food Facilities

This free course is designed to provide food industry managers and supervisors with the tools and resources to help manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their employees and business operations. While we recommend participants work their way through the entire series of modules, they can choose to take individual modules as stand-alone lessons.

For questions, please contact at543 [at] (Aljosa Trmcic).

Module List
  1. Course Introduction and Objectives
  2. Risk-based Framework Overview
  3. The Biology of COVID-19: Virus Properties, Symptoms, and Mechanisms of Spread
  4. COVID-19 Risk Factors
  5. Basic Control Factors
  6. Proactive Mitigation Strategies
  7. Reactive Mitigation Strategies
  8. Verification and Validation of Mitigation Strategies
  9. Modeling COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies in your Facility
  10. Developing a COVID-19 Control Culture
  11. Developing and Communicating Front-line Training

Educational Videos on COVID-19

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Food Facility Strategy Checklist

English & Spanish

This document outlines a draft checklist on COVID-19 risk management strategy implementation for food companies. Possible measures to be implemented are organized following the “TOP” principle – Technical/ Organizational/ Personnel. This is a guide only and any given company is strongly encouraged to modify this to fit their situation and circumstances. Updated on May 11, 2020.

Please contact lmf226 [at] (Louise Felker) with feedback and suggestions for corrections.

Frequently Touched Surfaces Checklist

English & Spanish

Download a checklist of frequently touched surfaces. Posted on March 20, 2020.

Decision Trees

English & Spanish

Download a decision tree for when an employee is tested for or develops symptoms of COVID-19. Updated on May 25, 2021.

Symptoms Checklist

English & Spanish

Download a checklist for screening employees and visitors before entering the processing facility. Updated on May 18, 2020.

Standard Operating Procedures

Download an SOP for actions when a worker is tested for and/or tests positive for COVID-19. Updated on July 22, 2020.

Download an SSOP (PDF) for cleaning and sanitizing frequently touched surfaces. Updated on April 23, 2020.

Social Distancing Verification Spreadsheet

English & Spanish

Download a spreadsheet for verifying social distancing in the food processing plant. Updated on May 13, 2020.



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This work is supported by USDA NIFA AFRI Grant NO:2020-68006-32875/ Accession no. 1024254 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the USDA.