No fooling’, April first was the effective date of a new policy at all Tyson Foods meat plants — no smoking. Spokesman Gary Mickelson says managers decided to go with a national trend toward healthier workplaces. They want to provide clean indoor air and protect workers from the effects of second-hand smoke. Mickelson says they used to be able to smoke in cafeterias and hallways in the plants, but now “team members” as well as visitors are banned from lighting up and will have to go outside the plant to designated smoking areas. Mickelson says most workers are taking a positive attitude about the new rules. He says it’ll provide a more healthful environment, and even the smokers seem to understand the reason for the new policy. He points out this is nothing unusual in modern workplaces, and is likely to benefit workers and improve their health. The no-smoking policy’s in effect at ten Iowa plants with an estimated 10-thousand workers. The communities affected include: Cherokee, Council Bluffs, Independence, Denison, Oelwein, Perry, Sioux City, Storm Lake, Waterloo, and the Louisa County plant.
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