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MIOSHA Announces Relaxed Workplace Rules Aligned with Federal Guidance

Posted on June 22, 2021 by Herasanna Richards

Today, MIOSHA rescinded the existing May 2021 emergency workplace rules and adopted the Federal OSHA standard that focuses on health care settings where known or suspected COVID-19 patients may be present. Those workplaces may have a higher exposure risk for employees and need continued protections to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Effectively reopening the state, the revised rules, now set to expire on December 22, would no longer require non-healthcare to wear face coverings, participate in daily health screens or maintain distancing measures. Employers are encouraged to embrace the most appropriate guidance for their environments.

Non-healthcare settings should align policies with CDC guidelines to ensure they help contain the spread of COVID-19. Federal OSHA has updated guidance for non-healthcare employers as well at this link: https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/safework?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

MIOSHA strongly encourages workplaces to follow the available CDC and OSHA recommendations to mitigate hazards.

The MIOSHA emergency order can be found here.

Full text of the rules can be found here.

Herasanna Richards is a legislative associate handling energy, environmental, elections, and external municipal services for the League. She can be reached at hrichards@mml.org or 517-908-0309.

 

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