We encourage all farmers to become aware of any occupational hazards and voluntarily adopt safety programs. We support appropriate safety regulations. If MI-OSHA moves forward to re-establish a confined space standard for agriculture, Michigan Farm Bureau should work with MI-OSHA to ensure minimal negative impacts on agriculture. Non-mandatory guidance principles should be included in any final regulation.
As MI-OSHA continues as a policy-making body, it is essential that representation be provided for agriculture on applicable agency commissions.
We support including construction standards and health standards in the agricultural exemption in MI-OSHA under agricultural operations as defined in MI R325.50171.
We favor educational programs and no-penalty first-time inspections. We urge that a portion of the Consultation, Education and Training funding, derived from Workers’ Compensation premiums, be used for agricultural safety training.
We support legislation allowing employers to provide employee safety information, such as safety data sheets, in an electronic format.