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Michigan Updates Required Health & Safety Notice

Michigan has updated its Safety and Health Protection on the Job notice, which is required for all Michigan businesses to display.

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The revised Michigan Safety & Health Protection on the Job notice informs workers that their employers must now notify the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs within 24 hours of any work-related inpatient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye.

The revised version includes an updated consultation phone number.

Michigan Safety and Health Protection Posting Requirements

The revised Michigan Safety & Health Protection on the Job notice is required for all Michigan employers to display. The notice is part of the GovDocs Michigan Posting Compliance Package with other postings required for Michigan businesses:

  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Minimum Wage Law
  • Youth Employment Standards Act
  • Safety & Health Protection on the Job
  • Civil Rights Law Prohibits Discrimination
  • Right To Know – MSDS
  • Right To Know – MSDS (New or Revised)
  • Whistleblowers’ Protection Act
  • No Smoking

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OSHA: New Federal “It’s The Law” Poster

An extreme make-over for OSHA poster, but the revision is NOT required to be replaced if workplaces display the previous version.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a new version of the Job Safety and Health – It’s The Law! poster.

Although most of the content from the previous version made it into the new format, the posting looks completely different, and the changes (see below) were mostly formatting-related.

The GovDocs Research Department has confirmed with OSHA that the changes are not mandatory.

To be clear, the posting itself is required for employers to display “in a conspicuous location”, but if your workplace displays the previous version from 2007, OSHA recognizes those postings as compliant.

Employers: Alert your locations! They may receive calls and email solicitations from labor law poster vendors trying to convince them to purchase new Federal posters as a result of this new OSHA poster. The purchase is unnecessary unless they have other Federal postings out of compliance.

The OSHA poster informs workers of their right to request an OSHA inspection of their workplaces, receive information and training on job hazards, report a work-related injury or illness, and raise safety and health concerns with their employer or OSHA without being retaliated against.

What Changed on the 2015 OSHA Poster?

One of the most striking differences between the two versions is the new two-column format that helps organize information: one half for workers’ rights, and one half for employers’ responsibilities.

Additionally, employers should note the addition of two new bullet points in the employers’ responsibilities column:

  • Report to OSHA all work-related fatalities within 8 hours, and all inpatient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours.
  • Provide required training to all workers in a language and vocabulary they can understand.

And remember the photo of the lab worker in the breathing mask with the turkey baster? Gone.

In place of the photographic mishmash of workers, OSHA dressed up their posting with some stylin’ line art of blue-collar workers – including a guy holding not one, not two, but three wrenches. Get that guy a tool belt!

OSHA Posting Size Requirements

The full print size of the new PDF version of the OSHA posting is 12.75” x 17.75”, which exceeds the statute requirement of the legal-sized page dimensions of 8.5” x 14” [29 CFR 1903.2.(a)(3)].

If you’re printing out your own version, make sure you’re printing on at least legal-sized paper or on two letter-sized pages that will be displayed together. Also the statute requires the body content to be at least 10- point type size, so borrow a pica ruler from 3-Wrench Guy.

Arizona versus the Feds: State OSHA Plan

Arizona’s State health and safety plan has fallen out of favor with Federal OSHA guidelines. The State may lose its federally approved status – and federal dollars for its health and safety program.

2/6/2015 UPDATE: On February 6, 2015, the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Federal OSHA) rejected Arizona’s state-specific residential fall protection (RFP) standards. All Arizona state-specific RFP standards are repealed effective Saturday, February 7, 2015. Employers in Arizona must comply with the federal residential fall protection standards.

Arizona is one of 20 U.S. States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands who have had their job safety and health programs approved by OSHA. Once approved, these State Health and Safety Plans trigger federal funding – up to half of an approved plan’s operating costs. But now Arizona’s State Plan for occupational health and safety is in danger of being removed from the program, which would mean the State would lose federal funding.

At issue is a fall-protection standard that requires workers in residential construction to wear safety harnesses at a working height of six feet above ground (OSHA 29 CFR Part 1926, Subpart M) or to be protected by other fall-protection measures. The Arizona State Plan, however, was amended by legislature (SB 1441) in 2013. That legislation pushed the working height requirement further off the ground to fifteen feet.

Arizona’s State Plan was the fourth U.S. State Plan to receive approval from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under Section 18(e) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The Act was enacted to create and enforce safe working conditions. It allows U.S. States and Jurisdictions to create and enforce health and safety plans that meet minimum federal guidelines.

The State is asking OSHA to keep the State Plan certified based on discrepancies in OSHA working-height allowances, which also include allowances for individual employers to develop their own fall protection plans when following the letter of the law is infeasible.

What Does Arizona Want from OSHA?

Citing evidence that Arizona’s State plan is more effective than Federal OSHA guidelines, Arizona is seeking renewed discussions with the federal government before OSHA’s final decision to reject the Arizona State Plan.

In its Comments to Proposed Rejection of State Initiated Plan, the Arizona Department of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) asserts:

“The [Industrial Commission of Arizona] and other interested stakeholders are being asked to comment on the effectiveness of Arizona’s approach to fall protection in residential construction along with the overall operation of the State plan and yet, OSHA has not established any criteria against which to judge effectiveness.”

How Would Rejection of the State Plan Affect Arizona Labor Law Posting Requirements?

When a State or Jurisdiction has a State Plan approved by OSHA, employers need only display the State Plan for employees and not the federal OSHA posting. If Arizona’s State Plan loses its approval, employers in Arizona will need to display both the Arizona Employee Safety and Health Protection posting and the federal OSHA Job Safety and Health – It’s the Law posting.

For now employers can display only the Arizona version on the posting – at least until a final determination is made by the Federal OSHA. GovDocs continues to monitor the situation.

For employers in Arizona looking for the most current Arizona Workplace Postings required by the State, please visit GovDocs’ Arizona Posting Packages.