Understanding the New MIOSHA Rules
"On October 15, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed her concurrence of the need for a comprehensive set of Emergency Rules that will help protect Michigan workers, businesses, customers and communities from the spread of COVID-19." - SBAM website
Today’s Member Question comes on the heels of the new MIOSHA COVID Workplace guidelines that went into effect last week. These policies impact industries across the spectrum. In this interview, I’m joined by Sean Egan, Deputy Director with the Michigan Department of Labor, to help give us clarity and answer questions.
How Do the New Rules Affect Your Business?
This 5-minute video explains what the new rules mean and outlines the resources that MIOSHA has available.
Resources to Help Businesses Comply
Sean stresses the fact that MIOSHA has resources to help businesses be in compliance. He shared that they have issued very few citations to this point because business by and large are dedicated to following the rules. They have a special phone line for MIOSHA questions, and have also launched a new Ambassador Program to send consultants out to help businesses with questions. They are here to help.
- MISOHA Emergency Rules Fact Sheet
- Sample COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan
- Reopening Checklist
- 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.
Key Website & Contact Information
Employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health may contact MIOSHA using the new hotline at 855-SAFE-C19 (855-723-3219).
Employers can find additional information to ensure safe and healthy working conditions at Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety.
To report health and safety concerns in the workplace, go to Michigan.gov/MIOSHAcomplaint