Michigan OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

Michigan OSHA: What you need to know

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) is “preemptive”; that is, it overrides state laws and regulations in the areas which it covers. Since this amounts to virtually all areas of workplace health and safety in the private sector, the OSH Act supplants most state work safety requirements. Under the OSH Act, individual states may devise and administer their own laws and regulations, but only with federal approval, and only if the applicable state requirements are as stringent as the corresponding federal standards.
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Michigan is a “state plan” state, which means it has its own safety and health regulatory program, called the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act (MIOSHA Act) (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 408.1001et seq.; MI Admin. Code Sec. 408.10001et seq. (health), and MI Admin. Code Sec. 325.18301et seq. (safety)), which has received federal approval. Michigan adopted many of the federal safety and health standards by reference, and has added several state-specific requirements for general industry workplaces that are stricter than federal requirements for bloodborne pathogens, electrical safety, first aid in construction, hazard communication, machine guarding, material handling (including forklifts), and permissible exposure limits (PELs) for certain air contaminants. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs/Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) administers the MIOSHA Act. There is additional information about stricter state standards, and a detailed discussion of the federal standards.
Bloodborne pathogens. Employers in Michigan must evaluate employee activities and procedures to determine if actual or reasonably ...

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