Michigan’s Office of Regulatory Reinvention (ORR) has released its report to Governor Snyder containing recommendations for improving Michigan’s workplace safety regulations while continuing to protect Michigan’s workers. Gov. Snyder has reviewed the recommendations and is asking the ORR and MIOSHA to work toward implementing the recommendations.
“The ORR project has provided the opportunity for a much-needed update of MIOSHA regulations by eliminating rules that are duplicative, obsolete, or seldom used,” said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder.
“When completed, the project will improve MIOSHA effectiveness by reducing the number of rules employers must consider when creating their workplace safety and health systems.”
The recommendations will streamline government. For instance, the ORR has recommended the elimination of the Construction Safety, General Industry, and Occupational Health Standards Commissions, which no longer have any rulemaking authority, in favor of more specialized ad hoc advisory committees.
“There are a number of workplace safety regulations that are decades old that no longer apply to the modern work environment,” said ARC Committee Member Pat Kresnak, who is director of Environmental Health & Safety at the IAC Group. “By eliminating unnecessary regulations, businesses can spend more time on meaningful workplace safety measures, enhancing workplace safety overall.”
The Workplace Safety Advisory Rules Committee, composed of a number of health and safety professionals, was unanimous in its recommendations to the ORR, and concurred that these recommendations would help build a more simple, fair, efficient, and transparent regulatory system, while still providing the necessary safeguards for workers. Also see Michigan’s state WC guidelines in our State by State WC guidelines for employers for more information.
Author Robert Elliott, executive vice president, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. He is an editor and contributor to Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%. Contact: Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.
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