Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA)

The Mission of the MIOSHA Program is: To Protect the Safety and Health of Michigan Workers. Below you will find resources related to key health and safety standards related to assisted living providers. The following is intended as a guide for compliance with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) rules. This guide was created to specifically assist Adult Foster Care, Homes for the Aged, Assisted Living and other nursing and residential care facilities. Providers should review each of the documents to determine which are applicable to their organization.

The MIOSHA Act 154 of 1974 states, "Employers shall furnish to each employee, employment and a place of employment that is free from recognized hazards that are causing, or are likely to cause, death or serious physical harm to the employee." The following represents some of the rules and hazards within nursing and residential care facilities.

Recording & Reporting of Occupational Injuries & Illnesses - Part 11

Who must record and report? If your company had 10 or fewer employees at any time during the last calendar year, you do not need to keep MIOSHA injury and illness records unless requested to do so by MIOSHA, OSHA or the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These requests would be sent to you by mail.

What must be reported? You must consider an injury or illness to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a preexisting injury or illness.

Hazard Communication - Parts 92/430 (Chemicals used in the workplace)

Elements of the Hazard Communication Standard:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Parts 33/433

Bloodborne Infectious Diseases (BID) - Part 554

Tuberculosis (Employee protection)

Respiratory Protection (Employees who wear a respirator for comfort versus required use)

Elements of the Respiratory Protection Standard
Required Use of Respirators (e.g. TB exposure)
  • Medical Evaluation
  • Fit-testing
  • Written program
  • Training
  • Maintenance and Care
Voluntary Use of Respirators (e.g. dust mask)
  • Provide the information from Appendix D of Part 451

Workplace Violence Prevention (protecting employees from incidents)

Medical Services & First Aid - Part 472 (First aid and emergency eyewash/showers)

Hazardous Drugs (Chemotherapy and other high hazard drugs)

Michigan Required Posters

Ergonomics - Strains, sprains and cumulative trauma muscular skeletal disorders

MIOSHA General Industry Safety Standards

Please note: this is not an exclusive list. Additional MIOSHA Standards may apply depending on the operations occurring at the facility. Refer to the MIOSHA Standards and Legislation webpage to determine if other standards apply.

Additional Resources