MIOSHA’s New COVID Inspection & Compliance Program
The Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration (MIOSHA) has announced a program of increased random inspections for the construction and manufacturing industries in the state. MIOSHA has cited an increase in the number of COVID cases and outbreaks directly tied to these two industries as the rationale for a State Emphasis Program (SEP). The SEP for construction is effective immediately and will last until February 8, 2021. If the inspections determine deficiencies in the employer’s COVID-19 preparedness and response plans, citations and penalties up to $7,000 may be issued.
Compliance is based upon the previously released MIOSHA COVID-19 Workplace Requirements and safety plan previously communicated by HBA and currently POSTED HERE.
Below are some, but not all, of the requirements for construction under the new emergency rules:
- Create dedicated entry point(s) at every worksite, if possible, for daily screening as provided in Rule 6 of these rules, or in the alternative issue stickers or other indicators to employees to show that they received a screening before entering the worksite that day.
- Identify choke points and high-risk areas where employees must stand near one another.
- Control access & use of these areas to maintain social distancing. Consider use of physical barriers to control access.
- Create protocols for minimizing personal contact upon delivery of materials to the worksite.
- Provide instruction to employees as to how distribution of PPE will be handled and also provide training to employees on proper disposal of PPE, including designating certain areas for disposal of soiled PPE.
- Where there is risk of skin contact with contaminated surfaces, require the use of appropriate work gloves for the task. Train employees in using the appropriate type of glove when using cleaning chemicals.
- Employers who are engaged in multiple work sites must restrict employee movements between different sites; group employees together; discourage ride sharing.
It should also be emphasized that in addition to the increased inspections, the SEP includes:
- A reminder of the availability of their employer help line at 517-284-7720 or 800-866-4674 via the MIOSHA Consultation Education & Training Division (CET)
- The establishment of a new hotline at 855-SAFE-C19 for employee and employer questions about workplace safety
- The establishment of a new website at michigan.gov/mioshacomplaint to report health and safety concerns in the workplace
Please visit HBA’s COVID Resource Page for additional resources and information.
Click here for a MIOSHA infographic on these new enforceable rules.