The Governor recently announced manufacturing will reopen on May 11. Workers at suppliers, distribution centers, or service providers necessary to enable another business’ resumed activity are also included under section 10 of the order.
Under the revised “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order, manufacturing facilities must adopt measures to protect their workers from the spread of COVID-19. That includes conducting a daily entry screening protocol for workers and everyone else entering the facility, including a questionnaire covering symptoms and exposure to people with possible COVID-19, together with a temperature screening as soon as no-touch thermometers can be obtained. They must also create dedicated entry points at every facility, and suspend entry of all non-essential in-person visits, including tours.
Manufacturing facilities must also train workers on how COVID-19 is transmitted from person to person, symptoms of COVID-19, steps workers must take to notify the business or operation of symptoms of COVID-19 or suspected or confirmed diagnosis, the use of personal protective equipment, and other things. For the full list of precautions that manufacturers must take, see section 11 of the order.
All businesses (including manufacturers) must require masks to be worn when workers cannot consistently maintain six feet of separation from others, and consider face shields for those who cannot consistently maintain three feet of separation from other workers. Further precautions are located in section 11 of the order.
Some additional resources that may be helpful are listed below:
- The most current “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order
- Measures that must be adopted by manufacturing facilities
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, developed by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration
- Northern MI Chamber Alliance & Traverse Connect: Industry Forum Discussion – Manufacturing with the Michigan Manufacturers Association
- Michigan Chamber COVID-19 Preparedness & Response Plan resource
- Michigan Manufacturers Association tools
- Further clarity for critical infrastructure workers is included in the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency guidance (note the order does not adopt any subsequent guidance document released by this same agency)
- The State of Michigan FAQ page
- The Attorney General’s website dedicated to coronavirus, including employee rights and employer obligations