New webpage accepts public comment on MIOSHA proposal
State Rep. Mark Tisdel today invited Greater Rochester residents to share their concerns about permanent COVID-19 workplace rules proposed by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA).
Those interested can submit public comments to MIOSHA through an online form.
“These proposed permanent rules could have unintended, detrimental consequences for Michigan businesses, workers, and patrons,” said Tisdel, of Rochester Hills. “In April, I had the privilege to meet with employers and employees at several Greater Rochester small businesses. Our local job providers are taking reasonable precautions to keep people safe during the pandemic, but an endless, top-down approach of burdensome restrictions will deliver a regulatory blow to struggling businesses.”
MIOSHA said in its official filing with the state’s Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules that the current emergency rules must be extended on a more permanent basis because “Michigan’s experience with COVID-19 demonstrates that the disease can spread rapidly without protective measures in place.” The proposal would indefinitely extend restrictions on businesses, including facemask mandates and social distancing rules.
If adopted, the proposed permanent rules could remain in effect even after the health department rescinds its epidemic orders.
All public comments should be submitted online by May 26 at 5 p.m., as MIOSHA will hold a hearing on the proposed rules that day.