MIOSHA Releases Emergency Rules

MIOSHA recently released a set of Emergency Rules to establish requirements for employers to control, prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The most notable sections should be Rules 10 and 11 that pertain to training and recordkeeping requirements.

Some further explanation of these rules is offered here by Sean Egan, the Michigan Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety. An interesting point in the presentation, and one that could garner some enforcement attention, is that presently construction is in the broad category with the most workplace outbreaks in Michigan.

MIOSHA’s new rules still require employers to follow the CDC guidelines. Click here for the CDC’s guidance for critical infrastructure workers.

Despite a plethora of conflicting information, guidance and recommendations from a number of sources (Federal, State and Local Agencies), MITA maintains that the industry should adhere to the CDC’s guidance. Doing so will maintain compliance and protection; and, most importantly, keep your workforce strong, safe and healthy.

If you have any questions, contact MITA’s Vice President of Membership Services Rob Coppersmith at robcoppersmith@thinkmita.org, MITA’s Director of Safety and Compliance Greg Brooks at gregbrooks@thinkmita.org, or call the MITA office at 517-347-8336.