Construction Safety & Health Division
The Construction Safety and Health Division is one of two standards enforcement divisions of MIOSHA. The division enforces safety and health standards in the construction industry defined in the MIOSHA statute as work activity designated in major groups 15, 16, and 17 of the Standard Industrial Classification(SIC) Manual. All construction types are inspected including projects such as:
- road and bridge projects
- sewer, water, gas, and electric utility lines
- power plants
- waste and water treatment plants
- high rise construction
- factory and other building additions
- communication and power transmission towers
- single family homes
Construction standards apply when the type of work being done is construction work designated by one of the above SIC groups. For example, a general industry employer who has almost all employees engaged in a manufacturing operation must comply with the MIOSHA general industry standards applicable to the manufacturing processes. However, if several of the general industry employer's workers are, for example, pouring a concrete press pit or performing electrical work, the MIOSHA Construction Safety Standards applicable to the concrete or electrical work must be followed.
In a similar way, a municipal employer may have employees performing work covered by General Industry Standards such as trimming trees or collecting trash and may assign the same employees to later perform work covered by the Construction Standards such as repair a water line or grade gravel shoulders. Again, it is the type of work being done that determines which standard is applicable.
The Construction Safety and Health Division addresses safety hazards such as fall, electrical, excavation and other types of physical hazards, as well as occupational exposure of Michigan construction workers to substances or work conditions such as air contaminants, noise, ergonomic hazards, bloodborne pathogens, and ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. The division is also responsible for enforcing MIOSHA rules that contain control measures used to reduce employee exposure to such substances/work conditions, including engineering controls (e.g., industrial ventilation, enclosures, etc.), administrative controls (e.g., employee rotation, hazard communication, housekeeping, etc.), and personal protective equipment (e.g., gloves, hard hats, eye protection, respiratory protection, hearing protection, chemical protective clothing, etc.). The Construction Safety and Health Division also administers the Asbestos Program which licenses asbestos abatement contractors, accredits asbestos abatement workers and enforces MIOSHA asbestos standards in both construction and general industry.
Construction Safety & Health Division Mission Statement
Prevent death, injury and disease through eliminating or reducing construction worker exposure to safety hazards, physical hazards and chemical hazards. The Division is committed to these goals by conducting inspections to enforce MIOSHA safety and health regulations that apply to the construction industry; administering and enforcing the Asbestos Contractors Licensing Act and the Asbestos Workers Accreditation Act; and by providing safety and health guidance to the construction industry.