Why do compliance officers record union information on inspection forms? Does MIOSHA favor union employers when they interpret standards?

In order for MIOSHA to maintain our status as a "State Plan Program," we must enter intervention data into the Federal OSHA, Integrated Management Information System (IMIS). For every compliance inspection we do, we complete required forms that are entered into the IMIS. The "union or non-union" field filled out on a required form, is collected for statistical purposes only. The Mission of MIOSHA is to reduce or eliminate workplace hazards for ALL Michigan employees, regardless of union affiliation. Our training and policies reinforce this Mission and we do not favor or disfavor employers or employees based on their bargaining unit status.

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