State issues more COVID rules for workplaces

The rules replace ones put in place by the governor and cover worker screening and preparedness plans among other things.

Following in the footsteps of the state’s health department, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) has issued new rules for workplaces meant to stem the spread of COVID-19.

The rules are largely similar to ones issued by the governor earlier this year. The state Supreme Court has since invalidated the governor’s ability to issue executive orders.

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MIOSHA’s rules differ based on industry. They require all employers to have a COVID-19 preparedness plan outlining how they will prevent the spread of the virus and deal with infections that may pop up.

The rules require masks in most workplaces as well as other protective equipment. They prescribe the layout of workplaces such as bars and restaurants, and require employees to be trained to follow COVID-19 rules.

The slate of rules is effective for six months but can be extended an additional six months if necessary.

You can read the full set of rules here.

You can read more on MLive.

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