LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jon Bumstead on Monday announced he is seeking input regarding the governor’s MIOSHA workplace rules on his Senate website and encouraged area residents to participate.
“When MIOSHA put their COVID-19 emergency workplace safety rules in place last October, they said these rules were to help stop the spread of the virus and keep workers safe,” said Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “We’re now well beyond one year into this pandemic and people are getting vaccinations, businesses have invested countless dollars to keep employees and customers safe and we’re more familiar with how to safely interact with one another. I am concerned that making these rules permanent is not the best approach as we continue working our way back to normalcy.”
Bumstead, on his website, has highlighted the proposed rules that the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced. Under the proposed rules, job providers and workers may have to adhere to many emergency workplace rules indefinitely.
“Making these rules permanent after the pandemic is not logical,” Bumstead said. “Many have relayed their concerns about permanent rules to a temporary problem, and I would like to begin larger discussions with the residents of the 34th Senate District on the issue.”
Bumstead encouraged residents to share their concerns regarding the MIOSHA proposed workplace rules with his office. The information provided will be sent directly to the department as a public comment.