COVID-19 State Emphasis Program for Offices

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COVID-19 State Emphasis Program for Offices

MIOSHA focuses efforts on protecting workers in traditional office settings

As Michigan reaches 300,000+ cases of COVID-19, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is focusing on office environments and how the close proximity of employees can lead to outbreaks of the virus.

On November 5, the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reported 18 new outbreaks from the previous week tied to office settings and is continuing to track 21 outbreaks tied to offices previously reported.

On November 15, in an effort to break the cycle of spread, MDHHS issued a new emergency order that enacted a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities, including office work.

Under the current guidelines, employers are required to create a policy prohibiting in-person work for employees to the extent that their work activities can feasibly be completed remotely. Under statute, MIOSHA can cite employers, require abatement, and fine them up to $7,000 for failing to produce a remote work policy or if the employer’s preparedness and response plan is non-compliant.

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Michigan's Construction Industry Adapts to COVID-19 Policies

Updated November 23, 2020

On Sunday, November 15th, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued statewide restrictions aimed at reducing or eliminating opportunities for large groups to gather.  The order will last until December 9, 2020.  Click here for the official press release.

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.

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Nov 15 - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new emergency order today that enacts a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities in an effort to curb rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates.
Nov 15 - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new emergency order today that enacts a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities in an effort to curb rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates.

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All CAM employees have returned to work-from-home effective November 18, 2020.  Incoming phone calls and emails are routed to the appropriate department.  If you need assistance, call (248) 972-1000 or send an email to cam@buildwithcam.com.  As previously announced, the 334 S. Water Street office located in Saginaw is closed permanently.

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