Governor Approves New Emergency COVID-19 Rules for BusinessesOctober 15, 2020
October 15, 2020
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Wednesday approved a comprehensive set of Emergency Rules from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) to clarify for employers safety requirements to protect their employees from COVID-19. MIOSHA within the Michigan Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) is one of the first state OSHA programs to promulgate such rules.
View an infographic outlining these new rules.
Under the Emergency Rules, businesses that resume in-person work must, among other things have a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan and provide thorough training to their employees that covers, at a minimum:
- Workplace infection-control practices.
- Proper use of personal protection equipment (PPE).
- Notification practices to inform a business or operation of any symptoms of COVID-19 or a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.
- How to report unsafe working conditions.
MIOSHA’s Emergency Rules provide industry-specific guidance and workplace safeguards for all Michigan businesses in manufacturing, construction, retail, health care, exercise facilities, restaurants, bars, etc.
Employers should coordinate the MIOSHA requirements with the Emergency Order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) related to gathering sizes, face coverings in public spaces and childcare facilities, capacity limitations on stores, bars, and other public venues, and workplace safety.
Find online resources at Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety including a sample COVID-19 preparedness and response plan and reopening checklist to provide guidance for employers and employees. Businesses can also find posters for employees and customers, factsheets, and educational videos.
To enhance MIOSHA’s consultative services, the newly launched MIOSHA Ambassador Program will send safety and health experts to businesses statewide now to offer education and support, with a focus on workplaces with a higher risk of community transmission. To request consultation, education and training services, call 517-284-7720 or online at MIOSHA Request for Consultative Assistance.
For more information about MIOSHA’s safety and health guidelines to protect Michigan’s workforce during the pandemic, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety. Employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health may contact MIOSHA using the new hotline at 855-SAFE-C19 (855-723-3219).
Read the official press release from the state.