MIOSHA Grants Aid 20 Nonprofits

The newly awarded projects address a variety of topics, including crane rigging and signaling; silica safety; masonry; confined space entry; ergonomics; tree trimming and chain saw safety; workplace violence prevention; emergency action plans; hazard communication; lockout/tagout; machine guarding; noise exposure; electrical hazard awareness; PPE; aerial lift rescue; emergency evacuation; safety and health management systems; Hazard Communication; youth safety; and powered industrial trucks.

A total of $865,000 in FY2017 Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) grants has been awarded to 20 nonprofit organizations, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Deputy Director Al Pohl announced recently. LARA is the parent agency of Michigan OSHA.

These are Consultation, Education and Training grants that are awarded annually and competitively for the development and implementation of safety and health training and services. "The grants go a long way in supplementing MIOSHA CET activities and ensuring safe, healthful workplaces throughout Michigan," Pohl said earlier this month.

The MIOSHA CET Grant Program provides additional options for safety and health education and training to employers and employees. Most of the grants focus on performance goals identified in the MIOSHA Strategic Plan, with a particular emphasis on hazard recognition and prevention for high-hazard industries. The program is designed to:

  • Increase the number of employers and employees receiving occupational safety and health education, training, and prevention services, especially for employers with fewer than 100 employees
  • Encourage the development of new strategies for providing occupational safety and health education, training, and prevention services
  • Encourage new providers of these services for Michigan businesses
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the alternative strategies and providers

The newly awarded projects address a variety of topics, including crane rigging and signaling; silica safety; masonry; confined space entry; ergonomics; tree trimming and chain saw safety; workplace violence prevention; emergency action plans; hazard communication; lockout/tagout; machine guarding; noise exposure; electrical hazard awareness; PPE; aerial lift rescue; emergency evacuation; safety and health management systems; Hazard Communication; youth safety; and powered industrial trucks.

"It's a win-win for MIOSHA and our partners in workplace safety and health," said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. "The grants enable Michigan employer groups, labor organizations, and other nonprofits to provide important and innovative safety and health training and services while strengthening the agency's collaboration with these groups to better protect Michigan's working men and women."

A list of the FY 2017 CET grant projects is available by clicking on FY 2017 at www.michigan.gov/mioshagrants.

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