To help employers re-open businesses safely and protect the safety and health of employees, Lion News staff is reviewing standards for COVID-19 preparedness, workplace controls, and employee training on a state-by-state basis.
To learn more, view our list of states with COVID-19 programs in place.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued an executive order to require all businesses to provide COVID-19 training for employees who must leave their homes to perform their job duties.
In Executive Order 2020-161, the State amends a previously published set a workplace standards to include all businesses and add additional standards for certain industries. This requires all businesses to develop a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan, designate at least one worksite supervisor to implement the plan, and provide training to employees.
What Training is Required?
At a minimum, employers must train their workers on
- Workplace infection-control practices (such as social distancing, proper mask etiquette, cleaning and disinfecting the workplace, etc.);
- Proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE);
- How to notify the business of symptoms of illness or a suspected or confirmed diagnoses of COVID-19; and
- How to report unsafe working conditions.
Employers will also be required to document training in the event of an inspection.
For a full list of provisions Michigan businesses must follow, read the entire executive order here
Now Available: COVID-19 Safety Awareness Online Training
This week, Lion launched the COVID-19 Employee Safety Awareness Online Course
to help US workplaces re-open safely. As facilities nationwide begin to re-open, it is crucial that employees know how to protect themselves and their co-workers from exposure to COVID-19.
The course prepares employees to:
The course is designed to help employers nationwide satisfy COVID-19 employee awareness and training requirements now in place in many states, including Michigan.
- Recognize signs, symptoms, and risk factors for COVID-19
- Describe how the COVID-19 disease is transmitted
- Follow recommended hygiene and work protocols to prevent exposure
- Properly use and care for PPE and face coverings, when required