Lauwers encourages residents to voice opinion on MIOSHA rules

Michigan is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. At this critical stage, as more and more people are vaccinated and are returning to in-person work, the last thing we need is to put in stone the governor’s restrictive Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration workplace safety rules that were established at the beginning of the pandemic.

But that is exactly what MIOSHA is trying to do, even though the governor is getting rid of mask mandates and gathering restrictions at the same time. Either the Whitmer administration’s left hand doesn’t know what the other one is doing, or worse, it knows exactly what it’s doing and is trying to slip one past the goalie.

The good news is we, the people, have a say in the matter, but only until May 26 when a public comment period ends. I strongly encourage 25th District residents, workers and businesses alike to make their voices heard and let state bureaucrats know these restrictive MIOSHA rules should be put out to pasture.

Under the proposed MIOSHA rules, job providers and workers may have to adhere to many emergency workplace restrictions indefinitely, including requiring employees to wear masks at all times, enforcing social distancing, and prohibiting in-person work that work may be completed remotely. As part of the proposed rules, MIOSHA could keep the directives in force after emergency orders have been rescinded.

MIOSHA recently requested that its COVID-19 emergency workplace rules be made permanent once the temporary rules expire on Oct. 14. As part of the rule-making process, all proposed rules are subject to a public comment period and a public hearing.

To voice your opinion, please visit misenategop.com/WhitmerEmergency, which highlights the proposed rules and offers residents an opportunity to share their concerns. The information provided will be sent directly to the department as a public comment.