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BIZ BRIEFS: State offers COVID-19 help, enforcement

State offers businesses COVID-19 guidance

Michigan businesses can now schedule free COVID-19 safety consultations with the Michiga Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the agency said in a news release.

The consultation will offer businesses “education and support to implement regulations on workplace safety,” according to the press release.

Businesses can also visit the COVID-19 workplace safety website to schedule an in-depth assessment of workplace safety requirements, “to identify and implement solutions in their specific workplace free of charge to the business.” Those visits are targeted to at-risk industries, including retail stores, restaurants and gyms.

State focuses on construction, manufacturing safety

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration is focusing on workplace safety in the construction and manufacturing industries to ensure compliance with COVID-19 workplace safety rules, the agency said in a news release.

“Our goal is to educate before we regulate, and by MIOSHA increasing their presence in these industries where we see outbreaks, we can better ensure employers are following the MIOSHA Emergency Rules,” Michigan COVID-19 Workplace Safety Director Sean Egan said in a statement. “We must remain vigilant to guarantee that Michigan’s businesses can stay open, workers can keep working, and we can continue to see economic recovery.”

Michigan has seen a sharp increase in cases across the state and outbreaks in both the construction and manufacturing industry, including 28 new outbreaks reported on Nov. 12, and the tracking of 63 ongoing outbreaks in these industries.

To report health and safety concerns in the workplace, visit Michigan.gov/MIOSHAcomplaint.

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