31 District Senator Kevin Daley is asking the public to provide feedback on what he is calling “Governor Whitmer’s Endless Emergency”. Daly is responding to a proposal by MIOSHA that they be allowed to examine the continued need for their COVID-19 workplace safety rules even after MDHHS and the Governor’s orders have ended.
MIOSHA, or the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, sets and enforces workplace safety rules. Their goal is to protect the safety and health of Michigan workers.
As a result of the COVID pandemic, many rules were put into place that made it mandatory for employers to create policies and procedures about in-person work, physical distancing, and PPE.
MIOSHA rules included creating workplace policies that prohibited in-person work for any employee that could reasonably work from home, daily self-screening protocols like health questionnaires, and requiring face coverings for employees and those entering the workplace.
The new proposed rule gives MIOSHA the control to examine the continued need for these rules within 21 days of the expiration or rescission of any remaining COVID-19 emergency orders. At that time, they could choose to make some of the COVID rules permanent.
Daly said, “Business owners should be able decide for themselves what’s best for them, their employees and their customers. This is not something that should be decided by unelected bureaucrats in Lansing. Business owners should have a say in how their business is run and I’d like to begin these discussions and get feedback from the folks of the 31st District.”
The 31st Senate District includes Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties., and Senator Daly asks his constituents to submit their comments here: https://www.misenategop.com/WhitmerEmergency/
Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand