With a recent surge in MIOSHA inspections throughout all industries in Michigan, the Fund wanted to alert our members as to the most frequent areas, equipment, and items being targeted.

The scope of inspections is focusing on the following:

1.   Hazard Communication

  • Right-to-Know Training
  • Safety Data Sheets

2.   Blocked Emergency Exits

3.   Ungrounded Flammable Liquid Drums

4.   Free Standing Compressed Gas Cylinders

5.   Oxygen and Acetylene Cylinders Stored Together

6.   Employees NOT Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (Safety Glasses)

7.   Fire Extinguishers

  • Expired Service Tags
  • Monthly In-House Inspections Not Being Completed

8.   Circuit Breaker Panels

  • Blocked (36” Clearance)
  • Open Panel Doors
  • Missing Breakers/Blank Guards

9.   Labeling Secondary Chemical Containers (Spray Bottles)

10. Electrical

  • Missing Grounding Prongs
  • Frayed Electrical Cords
  • No Ground Fault Interruption on Outlets Near Water Sources

11. Bench Grinders

  • Proper Set-Up for Tool Rest & Tongue Guard, and Damaged Wheels

12. Mezzanine – Fall Protection & Guard Rails

13. Forklifts:  Training and Expired Operator Permits / Pre-Shift Daily Inspections

14. Lockout/Energy Isolation (Program, Equipment, Training)

If you would like further information regarding these items, or assistance with your safety program, please feel free to contact Ken Smylie, VP Loss Control, Comprehensive Risk Services (CRS) at ksmylie@crsmi.com. CRS is the Third-Party Administrator for MIM Fund.

Update on MIOSHA Emergency Rules – June 22, 2021

(June 22, 2021 10:10 AM) the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) filed COVID-19 emergency rules to align with Federal OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The updated rules are effective today and set to expire Dec. 22, 2021. The rules rescind the emergency rules issued on May 24, 2021.


Update on MIOSHA Emergency Rules And Draft Permanent Rules

Gov. Whitmer announced updates to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) emergency rules. Under an amended set of emergency rules, MIOSHA will remove the requirement that employers create a, “Policy prohibiting in-person work for employees to the extent that their work activities can feasibly be completed remotely.”MIOSHA has also updated other aspects of the emergency rules to reflect recent guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), which will take effect May 24 and expire on Oct. 14.

Learn more about the changes in the rules during an upcoming webinar hosted by Michigan COVID-19 Workplace Safety Director Sean Egan.

Join the May 25 event at 2:30 p.m. to get your questions answered about the updated rules.

The draft permanent rules have been withdrawn and the May 26 public hearing has been canceled.