COVID-19

Expect more drop-in visits from COVID inspectors

State safety ambassadors plan to "blanket the state" to advise businesses about COVID rules.

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is partnering with the nonprofit NSF International to do unannounced drop-in visits with businesses across the state. The goal is to educate businesses on how to better adhere to state COVID-19 requirements.

MIOSHA announced the new partnership Wednesday, which will help free up MIOSHA staff to tackle other COVID-19 related tasks.

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What they’re doing: MIOSHA plans to do 2,300 Tier 1 visits before the end of the year. Tier 1 visits typically take about 20 minutes. “Ambassadors,” as they’re called, have no authority to enforce coronavirus rules or issue citations, but will do a quick assessment of the business’s safety protocols, offer advice, and leave behind a toolkit of materials for staying COVID-safe.

“It’s not just regurgitating what the requirements are, but talking to the operators about best practices and what may work for them better,” said Paul Medeiros, the managing director for NSF International. “Every business is different – you can’t take a cookie-cutter approach to COVID-19 controls.”

MIOSHA plans to focus especially on businesses that work directly with the public, such as gyms and retail stores.

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