Poultry Industry Workers

Woman cleaning poultry inside a plant


Many poultry processing jobs involve factors that increase the risk of developing work-related injuries or illness. These factors include risks for musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, and include repetition, force, awkward and static postures. Exposures to disinfectant chemicals or chemical byproducts have been known to cause respiratory irritation and asthma. Spices, flour, and coatings have been linked to bronchitis, cough, and allergic reactions. Cold temperatures have been associated with increased injuries as well as musculoskeletal disorders. Infectious agents, such as bacteria, have caused increased rates of diarrheal diseases and other skin infections.

NIOSH offers resources listed below to help employers and workers identify risk factors and take effective measures to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses in poultry processing.

NIOSH Finds Alarming 42 % Rate of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) at South Carolina Poultry Processing Plant

Poultry Industry Workers Topics

  1. Poultry Breeding, Farming, and Transport
  2. Poultry Slaughter and Evisceration
  3. Poultry Processing and Packaging
  4. Evaluating Eye and Respiratory Irritation in Poultry Slaughter and Processing Facilities
  5. Immigrant Worker Safety and Health in the Poultry Industry
Page last reviewed: April 8, 2014