City of Detroit COVID-19 Safe Workplace Standards

The City of Detroit is committed to providing a safe work environment for its employees. We want to make sure employees on the job are just as protected as those who are staying home.


The City is asking each department to create a COVID-19 Safe Workplace policy for each worksite and occupation based on six elements:

  1. Initial testing of each city employee for COVID-19.
  2. Daily employee temperature check, health screening, and monitoring.
  3. Workplace distancing and hygiene protocols.
  4. Mandatory use of masks and other necessary PPE.
  5. Thorough and frequent cleaning of work-sites and vehicles.
  6. Ensuring a continuous adequate stockpile of necessary PPE and sanitizing supplies.


I want Detroit to have the most rigorous COVID-19 prevention practices in the country. With these standards we’ll be able to give our employees the protection they deserve.
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COVID-19 Daily Self-Screening

In accordance with the City of Detroit COVID-19 Safe Workplace Standards, Sec. II (A) Employee Health Screening City of Detroit Safe Workplace Standards, all employees shall be screened prior to entering City of Detroit buildings or work sites.

Beginning, May 26, 2020, all City of Detroit employees must submit a Self-Screening Form to monitor COVID-19 symptoms or exposure, prior to the start of their shift and on a daily basis.

A link to the form is located here:


This site will be regularly updated with FAQs and guidance relating to the City of Detroit's COVID-19 Safe Workplace Standards.  The City will update this site as questions arise.

What types of masks meet compliance with the City's Safe Workplace Standards?

  • City employees, and workers employed by contractors on City-funded or supported construction projects, must wear masks meeting the N-95 standard when interfacing with the public.
  • In general, workers and employees must also wear surgical masks when reporting for work, and ensure the distribution of surgical masks to any member of the public who enters a worksite. The City's Chief Medical Consultant, however, may approve the use of masks that are substantially similar to surgical masks for these purposes.
  • At minimum, such masks must:
    • Have ear-loops or ties to affix the mask firmly to a person's face;
    • Be manufactured (not homemade); and
    • Cover the nose and mouth.
  • Contractors and City departments who wish to use such masks in lieu of surgical masks should include details about the types of masks they propose using in their plan submitted to the City's Chief Medical Consultant.


More COVID-19 Employee Information is available from Human Resources.