Bizon seeks input from residents on MIOSHA rules

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Bizon, M.D. on Friday announced he is seeking input regarding the governor’s MIOSHA workplace rules on a Senate website and encouraged area residents to participate.

“This is a clear case of government overreach on the part of the Whitmer administration,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “It is absurd to think that once the coronavirus pandemic is behind us and the threat is gone, we should continue to follow rules put in place in response to the crisis. I hope people make their voices heard to put an end to this nonsense.”

After the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in October 2020 that Gov. Whitmer did not have the authority to continue issuing executive orders by declaring a state of emergency, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration used its ability to put in place COVID-19 emergency workplace safety rules.

The rules are set to expire on Oct. 14. In March, the agency quietly submitted a proposal to make their emergency COVID-19 pandemic workplace rules permanent.

As part of the rule-making process, any department rule changes are subject to a public comment period and a public hearing. A virtual hearing on the MIOSHA rules is scheduled for May 26 at 9 a.m.

Comments on the proposed rules can be made during the public hearing or can be submitted in advance by mail or email until May 26 at 5 p.m.

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

“It has been a tremendously difficult year for all of us — including job providers and businesses that had to close or lay off employees due to the governor’s handling of the pandemic,” Bizon said. “If these rules were to become permanent, I can’t imagine the further heartache this would cause or the disaster this would mean for thousands of businesses that might be forced to shut down.”

Bizon encouraged residents to share their concerns regarding the MIOSHA proposed workplace rules by providing feedback at www.misenategop.com/WhitmerEmergency. The information provided will be sent directly to the department as a public comment.

Residents can also contact Bizon’s office at 517-373-2426 or by email at Sen[email protected].