COVID-19 Health and Safety for Dairy Herds and DHI Staff


The health and safety of dairy herds owners and their families and employees and as well as DHI system organizations and their staffs, in addition to minimizing the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, are a high priority to DHI system services.

DHI system services have been determined to be essential under the guidelines of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines as part of the dairy and food production section.



Precautions as outlined in the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines should be followed to lower or prevent exposure to the COVID-19 virus.  The key ones are:

  • Communicate with the dairy herd owner or manager to follow their wishes or procedures while on the dairy herd premises.
  • Hand washing should be often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a 60% or greater alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • If cough or sneeze occurs, cover with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Alternatively, cough or sneeze into arm or coat or shirt sleeve.
  • Always wear milking gloves or other suitable gloves to prevent direct hand to material contact.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces – especially door knobs or restrooms. Disinfectant wipes or cleaners and disposable towels are best for disinfecting.
  • Physical (social) distancing of six (6) feet should be practiced such as when in the milking parlor or lab and there is a need to pass by people.

Hand washing Demonstration

As a demonstration and educational tool, these hand washing kits with Glitterbug lotion and an ultra-violet light can be used to demonstrate the importance of hand washing.

Lather up the with the GlitterBug lotion and then wash your hands with soap and water for the recommended 20 seconds. The time is important but also the motion and scrubbing of the hands is key.

After the 20 seconds, use the ultraviolet light to shine over the hands and palms.  If areas are “under washed” they will show up under the ultraviolet light.  This will help to understand the effectiveness of hand washing and that technique is important.

Hand washing is the most important practice besides physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Carrying the COVID-19 virus on the hands and then touching the face is the main vector of spreading COVID-19.

This tool is to help DHI staffs who do milk recording work prevent the spread of COVID-19.


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