OSHA in Michigan revises temporary COVID-19 emergency rules, drops action on permanent rules

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OSHA in Michigan revises temporary COVID-19 emergency rules, drops action on permanent rules
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This update comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on May 16 revised its COVID-19-related guidance and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an order – which went into effect May 15 – that lifted facemask requirements in most indoor and outdoor settings for fully vaccinated individuals.

Under the changes announced May 24 by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), effective immediately, the state no longer requires employers to have a policy that states in-person work is prohibited if an employee’s work activities can be done remotely. Other changes to the rules:

  • Employers may allow fully vaccinated workers to forgo face coverings and not follow physical distancing protocol if an effective policy is in place that ensures unvaccinated individuals continue to follow these requirements.
  • Cleaning and disinfection protocols now reflect CDC’s update guidance, which includes cleaning high-touch areas or shared objects once a day.
  • Employers are still required to have and implement a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan.
  • Industry-specific requirements have been eliminated.

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