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MIOSHA releases workplace guidelines, new hotline to protect workers

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Posted at 8:05 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 20:09:23-04

LANSING, Mich. — Friday afternoon, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) within the Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) issued workplace guidelines for employers and employees and created a new hotline, to answer guideline questions and further protect Michigan’s workforce from the spread of COVID-19.

For questions regarding these guidelines, you can call the hotlline at 855-SAFEC19 (855-723-3219).

Additionally, MIOSHA provides further clarification the construction and manufacturing sectors must take to protect workers that have returned to work.

The State of Michigan’s Workplace Safety Guidelines can be found on Labor and Economic Opportunity ’s homepage at Michigan.gov/LEO

“We have to be smart about protecting our workforce and issuing these guidelines helps us ensure businesses reopen safely,” LEO Director Jeff Donofrio said. “And when employers have the proper guidance to protect their employees and customers, we can all do our part to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and continue to save lives.”

Employers must create a written exposure control plan which includes exposure determination and outlines measures that will be taken to prevent employee exposure to COVID-19, including but not limited to engineering controls, hand hygiene and personal protective equipment. health surveillance

MIOSHA has Incorporated the latest guidance for COVID-19 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Governor’s Executive Orders on reopening industries.

“As the governor follows the science and data to re-engage our economy, our first priority is to protect workers from the spread of COVID-19,” MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman said. “If employers follow the workplace guidelines, we can ensure Michiganders can return home healthy and safe.”