MIOSHA eNews - April 7, 2021


Workplace Health and Safety Days - April 13-14

The House of Representatives recognizes that workplace safety is critical to our employees, employers, and economic prosperity as a state. A group of Representatives have issued a resolution to declare April 13 and 14, 2021, as Michigan Workplace Health and Safety Days in the state of Michigan. 

Read House-Resolution-73-passed-3.25.21.pdf (michsafetyconference.org)

Hear from three proud participants of the MIOSHA Ambassador Program

Over 3,500 businesses across Michigan have participated in the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) COVID-19 Workplace Safety Ambassador Program since September 2020.

MIOSHA in partnership with NSF International provides workplace safety ambassadors who help Michigan businesses better implement COVID-19 regulations and best practices. Overall, the Ambassadors have reported high rates of willingness to participate, compliance with COVID-19 workplace safety requirements, and eagerness to enhance protocols as suggested by the consultants.

To better capture the business response, a new MIOSHA video including three from specific business owners, documents the Ambassador Program and highlights several Michigan businesses speaking about the benefits of the program.

MIOSHA Ambassador Program window decal on storefront  

“This is one of those opportunities where the state is just here to help,” said Mike Stack, owner, Applied Fitness Solutions. “The Ambassador Program can help accelerate the process of implementing good guidelines to keep staff and customers safe, while saving your business money and time.”

Watch the full video.

“The program has been great because the Ambassador is there to show you how to improve and correctly implement safety precautions,” said Kris Spaulding, owner, Brewery Vivant. “This process has helped build up confidence that we are doing our best to keep staff and customers safe.”

Watch the full video.

  Brewery Vivant
Radwan Dabaja standing in convenience store  

"Our priority is to keep our customers safe and this program was a no risk way to ensure my business is doing that," said Radwan Dabaja, owner, A2 State Gate. "We don't know everything, the more information we can get and for free makes getting involved a no brainer."

Watch the full video.

Virtual Michigan Safety Conference

April 13-14, 2021

The 2021 Michigan Safety Conference, April 13-14, will be held virtually and will still offer the quality programming, information on health and safety products and services and networking that it has for the past 90 years.

2021 Michigan Safety Conference

The MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division classes include annual favorites and some new additions:

  • MIOSHA Update and Michigan Training Institute (MTI) Graduate Recognition
  • Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: A Case Study from MIOSHA Inspection to State Court Decision
  • Best Practices for Silica in Construction: A Case Study
  • Top 10 - Health, General Industry and Construction
  • Ask MIOSHA - The Virtual Experience
  • The COVID Effect
  • Safety Pays - Saving Money Through Safety Management
  • Lessons Learned: The Surveillance and Investigation of Work-Related Fatalities in Michigan
  • Michigan Workplace Fatalities

MIOSHA will also have a virtual booth where you will have the opportunity to chat one-on-one or live with a MIOSHA representative about topics relevant to your particular workplace. The hours will be Tuesday, April 13, from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, April 14, from 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

For more information on the conference, visit the Michigan Safety Conference website. If you have questions, call the MIOSHA CET Division at 517-284-7720. We look forward to seeing you there virtually!

Orange Divider

2021 National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) Event

April 26-30, 2021
Drive Safe. Work Safe. Save Lives.

2021 NWZAW

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) was selected to host the 2021 NWZAW event. A small in-person, invite-only event that will follow all COVID-19 guidelines will be held in Metro-Detroit and streamed across the internet for all interested parties. Mark your calendars for the NWZAW 2021 event on April 27, at 11:00 a.m.

To view the live stream, visit:

For closed captioning use the YouTube link: 
(This link will be unlisted until a week prior to the event).

“Go Orange Day,” Wednesday, April 28, 2021, is especially noteworthy.

“Go Orange Day” is to remember and show support to the families of victims who have lost their lives in work zones. MIOSHA encourages everyone to show support in this cause by wearing orange. MIOSHA would like to encourage all employers to use the NWZAW as an opportunity to speak with their employees in all industry sectors about the hazards in the roadway.

Submit your "Go Orange Day" photos.

Additionally, MIOSHA is encouraging employers to submit photos of their workers wearing orange (polos, safety vests, high-visibility tee-shirts, etc.) while working and/or during a group pose (social distancing and proper PPE is required). MIOSHA will use the submitted photos in a collage to commemorate the NWZAW event being hosted in Michigan.  

Submit your photos using the online form.

Vehicular incidents are considered struck-by events. In 2018, Michigan had 38 workplace fatalities, nine of which were incidents involving workers being struck by vehicular equipment. Five of these incidents were in various occupations of general industry operations where the employee was in the roadway. In 2019, Michigan had 37 workplace fatalities, six fatalities were the result of struck-by incidents while an employee was in/adjacent to the roadway. In 2020, Michigan experienced 64 workplace fatalities, five of these fatalities involved a vehicle striking a worker in the roadway. To date in 2021, one worker has been killed in the roadway. Reducing struck-by-events and deaths aligns with MIOSHA’s Strategic Plan for General Industry and Construction.

Visit their website for more information about the NWZAW.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

NSC Distracted Driving Month




April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Visit the National Safety Council (NSC) website for resources to create or enhance a distracted driving program to engage your workforce, share safe driving messages, and help keep our roadways and people safe.

National Safety Stand-Down - May 3-7, 2021

To Prevent Falls in Construction

2021 National Safety Stand Down

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) are holding a 2021 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction: Official Kick-off Event on May 3 at 1:00 p.m. Register for the webinar kick-off event.

Michigan Worker Deaths of 2020

To date, there have been 64 work-related fatalities reported to MIOSHA in 2020. The information below shares preliminary details about the most recent fatalities reported to MIOSHA which are believed to be covered by the MIOSH Act. The description reflects information provided to MIOSHA at the initial report of the incident and is not the result of the official MIOSHA investigation.

Preliminary summaries of the most recent 2020 incidents:
The 60-year-old employee worked in the IT department at a local hospital. The department had several employees that were COVID-19 positive and the deceased was included as part of the hospital’s contact tracing investigation. The employee began experiencing symptoms on Nov. 26-27 and tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 28. He was admitted to the emergency department/ICU on Dec. 2, with shortness of breath and experienced other health complications while in the hospital. The employee remained hospitalized until his passing on Dec. 18, 2020.

Every life is precious. Our mutual goal must be that every employee goes home at the end of every shift unharmed.

If you need help or assistance in ensuring your workplace is safe, MIOSHA is here to assist you. The CET Division provides workplace safety and health training and consultations to employers and employees throughout Michigan, free of charge. Contact CET today at 800-866-4674 or request CET services online.

Agency Instructions Issued

March 30, 2021 - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Interim Enforcement Plan
Feb. 25, 2021 - Small Farming Operations and Small Employers in Low Hazard Industries - Guidelines for MIOSHA Activity

Press Releases

March 26, 2021 - MIOSHA Launches COVID-19 Citations Dashboard
March 19, 2021 - MIOSHA submits request for formal rulemaking related to COVID-19 rules
March 17, 2021
- MIOSHA awards the highest recognition for workplace 
March 15, 2021
- State workgroup to recommend in-person office work policies


Variances from MIOSHA standards must be made available to the public in accordance with Part 12, Variances (R408.22201 to 408.22251). MIOSHA variances are published online at michigan.gov/mioshavariances.

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