Advocacy News – March 24, 2021
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) today issued updated COVID-19 workplace rules that all employers must follow. The rules supersede the Emergency Rules (“Rules”) filed on Oct. 14, 2020, and extended by the Governor in April through October 2021.
While significantly scaled back and designed to be better aligned with the new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Epidemic Orders (current and new as of June 1), the Rules still require employers to:
- Ensure that any employees, except fully vaccinated persons, remain at least six feet from one another to the maximum extent feasible while on worksite premises.
- Provide non-medical grade face coverings to their employees at no cost to the employee. Employers are not required to provide non-medical grade face coverings to fully vaccinated persons.
- Have a written preparedness and response plan.
- Conduct a daily entry self-screening protocol for all employees or contractors entering the workplace, including, at a minimum, a questionnaire covering symptoms and suspected or confirmed exposure to people with possible COVID-19.
- Designate one or more worksite safety coordinators to implement, monitor and report on the COVID-19 control strategies developed under the rules.
- Physically isolate any employees known or suspected to have COVID-19 from the remainder of the workforce, using measures such as, but not limited to:
- Not allowing known or suspected cases to report to work.
- Sending known or suspected cases away from the workplace.
- Assigning known or suspected cases to work alone at a remote location (for example, their home), as their health allows.
- Direct employees to promptly report any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 to the employer before or during the work shift.
- Notify anyone (e.g., co-workers, contractors, suppliers) who may have come into contact with a person (e.g., employee, visitor, customer) with a known case of COVID-19.
- Only allow employees with a known or suspected case of COVID-19 to return to the workplace only after they are no longer infectious according to the latest guidelines from the CDC.