Michigan OSHA laws & safety compliance analysis

Michigan OSHA : What you need to know

Comparison: State vs Federal

Rules. Michigan is a “state plan” state, which means it has its own safety and health regulatory program that 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. See the state section HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD for more information about worker right-to-know requirements.

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Administration and enforcement. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) administers and enforces workplace safety and health standards in all private and public sector workplaces.

State Requirements
Michigan Compiled Laws 408.1005

In addition to private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) employers as defined under federal and state law, public sector employers with one or more employees are covered by the state workplace safety and health rules.

“Public sector” is defined as the state or a political subdivision, which includes state agencies, county and municipal governments, public school systems, and commissions.


MIOSHA is responsible for the development, administration, and enforcement of the state's workplace safety and health rules. MIOSHA's main roles are similar to those of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

  • Protect employee and employer rights.
  • Ensure compliance with safety and health regulations ...

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