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COVID-19 Compliance Updates For General Industries

Updated: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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The latest COVID-19 updates for general industries to stay compliant with federal health standards.

Legal Disclaimer: 

The information contained in the documents does not constitute legal advice and should not be applied arbitrarily to other businesses or workplaces. Axios HR bears no responsibility with respect to third party reliance on the recommendations set out herein. All employers should consult with local legal counsel, medical as well as health & safety advisors specific to their jurisdiction and industry in developing strategies applicable to their unique workplaces.

COVID-19 Updates For General Industries

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has emerged as a humanitarian issue of global significance, with hundreds of thousands of people and their communities affected. The World Health Organization (WHO) regards the outbreak as a global pandemic and the situation continues to evolve rapidly, as businesses and governments accelerate their responses to the crisis. COVID-19 is having a major impact around the world and in our communities. All of us are required to maintain safety recommendations at home and at work to protect each other and the people around us. 

Source: Michigan Executive Order 2020-91, 2020-92 

Businesses, operations, and government agencies that remain open for in-person work must, at a minimum: 

  • All businesses or operations that are permitted to require their employees to leave the homes or residences for work under Executive Order 2020-92, and any order that follows it, must, at a minimum:
    • (a) Develop a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan, consistent with recommendations in Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, developed by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration and available here. By June 1, 2020, or within two weeks of resuming inperson activities, whichever is later, a business’s or operation’s plan must be made readily available to employees, labor unions, and customers, whether via website, internal network, or by hard copy.
    • (b) Designate one or more worksite supervisors to implement, monitor, and report on the COVID19 control strategies developed under subsection (a). The supervisor must remain on-site at all times when employees are present on site. An on-site employee may be designated to perform the supervisory role.
    • (c) Provide COVID-19 training to employees that covers, at a minimum:
      • (1) Workplace infection-control practices.
      • (2) The proper use of personal protective equipment.
      • (3) Steps the employee must take to notify the business or operation of any symptoms of COVID-19 or a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.
      • (4) How to report unsafe working conditions.
    • (d) Conduct a daily entry self-screening protocol for all employees or contractors entering the workplace, including, at a minimum, a questionnaire covering symptoms and suspected or confirmed exposure to people with possible COVID19.
    • (e) Keep everyone on the worksite premises at least six feet from one another to the maximum extent possible, including through the use of ground markings, signs, and physical barriers, as appropriate to the worksite.
    • (f) Provide non-medical grade face coverings to their employees, with supplies of N95 masks and surgical masks reserved, for now, for health care professionals, first responders (e.g., police officers, firefighters, paramedics), and other critical workers.
    • (g) Require face coverings to be worn when employees cannot consistently maintain six feet of separation from other individuals in the workplace, and consider faceshields when employees cannot consistently maintain three feet of separation from other individuals in the workplace.
    • (h) Increase facility cleaning and disinfection to limit exposure to COVID-19, especially on high-touch surfaces (e.g., door handles), paying special attention to parts, products, and shared equipment (e.g., tools, machinery, vehicles).
    • (i) Adopt protocols to clean and disinfect the facility in the event of a positive COVID-19 case in the workplace.
    • (j) Make cleaning supplies available to employees upon entry and at the worksite and provide time for employees to wash hands frequently or to use hand sanitizer.
    • (k) When an employee is identified with a confirmed case of COVID-19, within 24 hours, notify both:
      • (1) The local public health department, and
      • (2) Any co-workers, contractors, or suppliers who may have come into contact with the person with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
    • (l) Follow Executive Order 2020-36, and any executive orders that follow it, that prohibit discharging, disciplining, or otherwise retaliating against employees who stay home or who leave work when they are at particular risk of infecting others with COVID-19.
    • (m) Establish a response plan for dealing with a confirmed infection in the workplace, including protocols for sending employees home and for temporary closures of all or part of the worksite to allow for deep cleaning.
    • (n) Restrict business-related travel for employees to essential travel only.
    • (o) Encourage employees to use personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer on public transportation.
    • (p) Promote remote work to the fullest extent possible.
    • (q) Adopt any additional infection-control measures that are reasonable in light of the work performed at the worksite and the rate of infection in the surrounding community.

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