MIOSHA Withdraws Permanent COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders announced a deal that will stop any further action on the permanent COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules that the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) has been working to promulgate. Today, MMA’s Dave Worthams received official notice as chair of the MIOSHA permanent rule workgroup that MIOSHA withdrew the permanent rule and canceled the previously scheduled public hearing. This is a significant win for manufacturers.

MMA has battled fiercely to prevent the imposition of uncompetitive regulations that are overly burdensome, inconsistent with federal guidelines and contradictory to science.

While this announcement is a clear victory for manufacturers, employers should note that MIOSHA Emergency Rules continue to be in place, as does the 5/15/21 Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Gatherings and Face Mask Order. However, we expect MIOSHA to issue revisions soon that will remove the mandate that employers prohibit in-person work to the extent that work activities can feasibly be completed remotely and to make changes aligned with new CDC and MDHHS face mask guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals. Additionally, a revised Gatherings and Face Mask Order is expected to be issued Monday that will further relax restrictions related to the pandemic. MMA will provide a written review of the updated orders shortly after they are released.

To get the very latest intelligence on rapidly changing COVID-19 restrictions, join MMA and The Center for a virtual discussion Monday, 5/24/21, at 1:30 p.m. Find out what rules still apply to your facility and what you can expect in the future.

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New & Notable

All Michiganders 16 and Up
Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

As of 4/5/21, all Michiganders age 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • To find a site in your county, go to How To Get The Safe, Effective Vaccine and check the website of your local health department.
  • You can also check with local pharmacies: Rite Aid, Meijer, Kroger, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, SpartanNash (Topco) and Cardinal (with Snyder).
  • Residents who don’t have access to the internet or who need assistance navigating the vaccine scheduling process can call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 (press 1) Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

On-Site COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Available

Help drive vaccine engagement with employees and accelerate our economic recovery by hosting an on-site COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at your facility.

Resources for Manufacturers

Stay updated and compliant with the many changes imposed over the last few weeks. Find state, federal and member resources on MMA’s COVID-19 Resources.

Please continue to reach out to the MMA team with questions.