Updated January 7, 2021
To help reach the state’s goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders over age 16 and bring a quicker end to the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) officials have announced that the state is moving to a new phase of vaccination on Monday, January. 11th.
MDHHS is moving forward with vaccinating Michiganders age 65 and older; frontline essential workers including police officers, first responders, frontline state and federal workers and jail and prison staff; and preK-12 teachers and childcare providers. In addition to vaccinating Michiganders who are 75+ in Phase 1B, MDHHS is accelerating to vaccinate individuals 65-74 years old (Phase 1C Group A). Contractors are part of Phase 1C.
Read the full vaccination prioritization plan here. Michigan residents and employers seeking more information about the COVID-19 vaccine should visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine.
To ensure construction employers are protecting workers from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) has launched a new State Emphasis Program (SEP) that will be in effect through February 8, 2021. This SEP will increase MIOSHA’s enforcement presence, as well as consultation and education activities, on construction sites to assist with and ensure compliance with the requirements of MIOSHA’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 Emergency Rules.
The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, in conjunction with the MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division has developed a brief video as well as a COVID-19 Workplace Requirements Guidance Document to assist construction companies.
The newly issued directives enhance the current regulations requiring construction sites to adopt a set of best practices to protect their workers from infection. Those practices include:
- Creating a written Preparedness and Response Plan.
- Designating a site supervisor to enforce COVID-19 control strategies.
- Conducting daily health screenings for workers, including temperature checks.
- Creating dedicated entry points, if possible, or issuing stickers or other indicators to assure that all workers are screened every day.
- Identifying choke points and high-risk areas (like hallways, hoists and elevators, break areas, water stations, and buses) and controlling them to enable social distancing.
- Ensuring sufficient hand-washing or hand-sanitizing stations at the worksite.
- Providing appropriate personal protective equipment, including non-medical face coverings.
Click here for State Emphasis Program for Offices
Click here for MIOSHA Return to Work Resources
Click here for OSHA Control and Prevention for Construction
Click here for CAM Members assisting with Return to Work