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MIOSHA has removed the requirement that employers must create a “policy prohibiting in-person work for employees to the extent that their work activities can feasibly be complet…

Updates to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s COVID-19 emergency rules were announced by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Now that the state has reached the 55% vaccination threshold, MIOSHA has removed the requirement that employers must create a “policy prohibiting in-person work for employees to the extent that their work activities can feasibly be completed remotely.”

MIOSHA has updated other aspects of the emergency rules to reflect the recent order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those changes include:

  • Employers may allow fully vaccinated employees to not wear face coverings and social distance provided they have a policy deemed effective to ensure nonvaccinated individuals continue to follow these requirements.
  • The rules have been reformed focusing on performance, eliminating industry-specific requirements. Definitions have been updated to more clearly reflect changes in close contact and quarantining requirements for fully vaccinated employees.
  • Cleaning requirements have been updated to reflect changes in CDC recommendations.
  • Employers should continue to have and implement a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan in accordance with the updated rules.

“As we work with the administration to get back to normal, protecting Michigan workers on the job remains the top priority for MIOSHA,” said Susan Corbin, acting director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. “These updated emergency rules will give workers and businesses the clarity and confidence they need to bring our economy back to full-strength.”

MDHHS also updated its COVID-19 Gatherings and Face Masks epidemic order, eliminating outdoor capacity limits and increasing indoor social gatherings, including weddings, conferences and funerals, to 50% capacity. Under the new order, which goes into effect June 1, and continues through July 1, masks will continue to be required indoors for individuals who are not yet vaccinated.

“We continue to move toward normalcy as more and more Michiganders get vaccinated,” said MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel. “The updated CDC guidelines demonstrate just how safe and effective the COVID-19 vaccine truly is and how well it is working.”

Visit Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety for additional information.

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