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VanderWall seeks input from residents on MIOSHA rules

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Health Policy and Human Services Chairman Curt VanderWall on Friday announced he is seeking input regarding the governor’s MIOSHA workplace rules on a Senate website and encouraged area residents to participate.

“It makes absolutely no sense to make temporary coronavirus rules permanent,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “Residents should make their voices heard and speak out against this government overreach.”

In March, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration quietly submitted a proposal to make their emergency COVID-19 pandemic workplace rules permanent.

VanderWall said making these temporary workplace rules permanent even after the virus is gone will be a tremendous burden for those businesses who managed to survive over the past year.

“Businesses have been following guidelines the last year in the interest of public health,” VanderWall said. “After the pandemic is over and there is no longer a need for those rules, it would be cruel to put thousands of job providers and residents at risk of losing their jobs by continuing to require them.”

VanderWall encouraged residents to share their concerns regarding the MIOSHA proposed workplace rules by providing feedback here. The information provided will be sent directly to the department as a public comment.

Residents can also contact VanderWall’s office at 517-373-1725 or by email at [email protected].