10/15/20 – More emergency rules for Michigan workplaces

(Mlive) – The state of Michigan is using a new way to put COVID-19 precautions in place in absence of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recently invalidated executive orders.

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a list of emergency rules on Wednesday, Oct. 14, including requirements like having a COVID-19 preparedness plan and doing daily screenings of employees.

Many of the rules were part of Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-184. 

The executive orders were thrown out earlier this month as a result of a Michigan Supreme Court ruling.

Gov. Whitmer had to sign off on the MIOSHA rules to put them into effect. They are valid for six months and state law allows them to be extended once more for another six months.

Some rules from the executive orders have already been reinstated – through orders from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Such rules include limiting restaurants to 50% capacity and requiring people to wear masks in public.

The MDHHS rules are in effect until Oct. 30, but can be extended.

The new MIOSHA rules also have specific requirements by industry – including manufacturing, retailers, restaurants and others. Click here to read the full nine-page order.