(WXYZ) — The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) announced new workplace guidelines for employers and employees as people begin going back to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
MIOSHA also created a new hotline to answer questions – 855-SAFEC19 (855-723-3219).
“We have to be smart about protecting our workforce and issuing these guidelines helps us ensure businesses reopen safely,” LEO Director Jeff Donofrio said. “And when employers have the proper guidance to protect their employees and customers, we can all do our part to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and continue to save lives.”
Exposure determination to COVID-19 scales from low to very high and is the leading factor to the level of precaution and employer should take to protect their employees. It also can vary within the same facility.
Employers must create a written control plan which includes exposure determination and outlines measures to be taken to prevent employee exposure to COVID-19 which includes:
- Engineering controls
- Administrative controls
- Hand hygiene and environmental surface disinfection
- Personal protective equipment
- Health surveillance
“As the governor follows the science and data to re-engage our economy, our first priority is to protect workers from the spread of COVID-19,” MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman said. “If employers follow the workplace guidelines, we can ensure Michiganders can return home healthy and safe.”
Best practices that employees need to follow to be vigilant in protecting themselves from exposure to COVID-19:
- Wash hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water,
- Limit contact with others by remaining six feet apart,
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and tools routinely,
- Stay home if you or someone in your household is sick,
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, and
- Practice self-screenings to check for any symptoms.
You can read the guidelines for employees and employers below.
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