Nesbitt seeks input on proposed workplace rules

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Aric Nesbitt joined his Senate colleagues in requesting input from residents regarding the proposed MIOSHA workplace rules and encouraged area residents to participate.

“The temporary rules were initially put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep people safe,” said Nesbitt, R-Lawton. “It’s now one year later and businesses have made major investments in safety equipment to create a safe atmosphere for both employees and patrons. We have learned how to safely interact with one another and combat the spread of this virus, yet the state is considering making these business-killing rules permanent.

“It’s time we ease some of these burdens on businesses rather than considering making them long-term policy.”

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration is considering a proposed rule change that could make job providers and workers adhere to many emergency workplace rules permanently. The second extension of the rules currently in place expires in October, but the agency has announced it is taking steps to make them permanent.

You can read a summary of the proposed rules here.

Nesbitt encouraged residents to share their concerns regarding the MIOSHA proposed workplace rules with his office.

“These rules have forced thousands of businesses to close their doors,” Nesbitt said. “Making them permanent will only force more businesses to close and put more Michiganders out of work. I’d like to hear from folks back home and encourage people to provide their input.”

Residents can click here to provide feedback. The information provided will be sent directly to the department as a public comment.

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