MIOSHA eNews - July 6, 2021

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MIOSHA Updates COVID-19 Emergency Rules

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) filed COVID-19 emergency rules to align with Federal OSHA's Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on June 22, with the updated rules taking effect immediately and expiring on Dec. 22, 2021.

The updated MIOSHA emergency rules adopt the Federal OSHA ETS and focus on health care settings where known or suspected COVID-19 patients may be present. These workplaces may have a higher exposure risk for employees and need continued protections to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

"As we continue to get Michigan back to work, our priority remains keeping workplaces safe for employees and protecting customers as they support these businesses," said Governor Whitmer. "With our state at full capacity, we can boost our economic Jumpstart and ensure businesses can emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever while keeping their workers safe."

Dialing back workplace rules for non-health care settings allows employers to use their best judgment in determining whether to maintain:

  • Daily health screenings;
  • Face covering requirements; and
  • Social distancing requirements.

For more information about MIOSHA's safety and health guidelines to protect Michigan's workforce, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety. Employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health may contact MIOSHA using COVID-19 hotline at 855-SAFE-C19 (855-723-3219).  

To report health and safety concerns in the workplace, go to Michigan.gov/MIOSHAcomplaint

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Trench Safety Stand-Down Webinar Recap

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In observation of the 2021 National Trench Safety Month, MIOSHA held a stand-down webinar on June 15. The webinar offered an opportunity for representatives from MIOSHA and associations around the state to answer common questions about excavation safety. There were 139 people that logged in to hear about how to keep employees safe in and around excavations. To watch the recorded webinar and find out more information about excavation safety, visit our website at: www.michigan.gov/mioshatrenching.

PHASE 2 COVID-19 workplace safety grants available to further protect workers

The state of Michigan has launched another round of funding for the Michigan COVID-19 Safety Grant Program. These grants provided small businesses with fewer than 250 employees, including licensed non in-home childcare centers and matching funds of up to $10,000 to decrease the risk of COVID-19 spread through safety and health-related equipment and training. 

Examples of how the grant funding money was utilized include:

  • Purchasing supplies/materials such as sneeze guards, physical barriers, face coverings and hand washing/hygiene stations.
  • Purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including gowns, gloves, and eye protection.
  • Training to educate employees about the spread and dangers of COVID-19.

These grants were intended to supplement costs of safety mitigation measures put in place by businesses during the height of the pandemic. This was a reimbursement program, and to be eligible for the grant funding, goods must have been purchased on or after Jan. 1, 2021.

In total, MIOSHA awarded $2.5 million to 428 grantees with an employer match of $3.7 million. 

Visit our website for more information on the COVID-19 Safety Grant Program

WORKSHOP: Michigan Voluntary Protection Program

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Want to learn how to apply for the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP/C)? Don't miss our upcoming workshop! This recognition program is designed for high performing worksites in both the general industry and construction industries with an exemplary history of safety and health diligence. Participants will learn the benefits of engaging in the program, such as exemptions from programmed inspections and state/national recognition for organizational safety and health excellence. The application and review process is covered in detail along with the qualification requirements for the acceptance in MVPP/C.

When: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Presenter: Doug Kimmel, MVPP Specialist
Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division, MIOSHA

Registration: Register for FREE via EventBrite.

Questions: Contact the CET Division at 517-284-7720.

Safe + Sound Week August 9 - 15

2021 OSHA Safe + Sound Week


Safe + Sound Week
 is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America's workers safe.

Why Participate?
Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get your program started, energize an existing one, or provide a chance to recognize your safety successes.

Who Participates?
All organizations looking for an opportunity to recognize their commitment to safety are welcome to participate. Last year, more than 3,400 businesses helped raise awareness about workers' health and safety!

Visit OSHA's Safe + Sound website for more information.

Michigan Worker Deaths of 2021

To date, there have been 12 work-related fatalities reported to MIOSHA in 2021. 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 2021 incidents:
On June 11, a 33-year-old truck driver was delivering building products to a residential home. At some point, he was struck by a vehicle.  

A 70-year-old licensed practical nurse was exposed to COVID-19 while working in the COVID-19 unit in a nursing home. The employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 10, 2020. The employee was hospitalized from Dec. 19, 2020, until Jan. 29, 2021, when she passed away.

On June 29, a 61-year-old lineman was performing maintenance to electrical service and was found unresponsive by the homeowner.

Michigan Worker Deaths of 2020

To date, there have been 70 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. To report fatalities/catastrophes, call MIOSHA at 800-858-0397.

Preliminary summary of the most recent 2020 incident:
A 54-year old production manager was exposed to a colleague that was experiencing symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19. The victim went to get tested on Nov. 17, even though he was not experiencing any symptoms. The victim's test results came back positive on Nov. 18. The employer had six other employees test positive during this time. The victim went home to quarantine. Earlier in the year, the victim had a kidney transplant. As a result of this, the victim was requested to come to the hospital to have his oxygen levels checked. At that time, the victim was admitted to the hospital and passed away on Dec. 13, 2020.

In late November 2020, an 82-year-old fire chief and four other department personnel within the span of five days became ill with COVID-like symptoms after attending and working the same functions. All five department staff ended up testing positive for COVID-19, and the fire chief was later admitted to the hospital where he passed away due to COVID-19 and superimposed bacterial pneumonia.

On Dec. 12, a 65-year-old certified nursing assistant was providing care to residents and tested positive while undergoing routine bi-weekly COVID-19 testing. The employee, who was asymptomatic, began an in-home quarantine the same day. On Dec. 21, she began experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms and continued to quarantine. On Dec. 27, 2020, she was discovered lying on the floor of her home and while en route to the hospital, the employee sustained a stroke and died the same day.

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

June 9, 2021 - Reinspection Assignments 
June 9, 2021
- Training for General Industry Safety and Health Division (GISHD) Staff 
June 9, 2021 - Tree Trimming Operations 

Press Releases

June 22, 2021 - Gov. Whitmer takes action to help Michiganders get back to work safely 
June 7, 2021 - $2M in COVID-19 workplace safety grants available to further protect workers; $500,000 reserved for licensed child care centers 
June 4, 2021 - 'Back to Work' resources help Michigan businesses find talent to fill available jobs; Michigan.gov/BackToWork is the premier source for talent, workforce services 

Variances

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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