Skilled Nursing Center Wins MIOSHA Award

The CET Gold Award criteria include having an effective Safety and Health Management System. MIOSHA staff consult with Gold awardees and evaluate their SHMS to ensure that key elements are implemented.

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently presented its Consultation, Education and Training Gold Award to Royalton Manor, a Ciena Healthcare skilled nursing center in St. Joseph, Mich. The state agency's Consultation Education and Training Division recognizes the safety and health achievements of Michigan employers and employees through CET Awards, which are based on excellent safety and health performance; the CET Gold Award recognizes an outstanding safety record of two years or more without a lost-time accident.

"Royalton Manor's status as a Gold Award recipient speaks to its strong commitment to worker safety and protection," said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. "MIOSHA is pleased to recognize a team of managers and employees who make the health and safety of its workers a top priority."

MIOSHA's CET Division Director Nella Davis-Ray presented the award to Diane Byrd, administrator of Royalton Manor. The facility "has exhibited outstanding leadership in recognizing that a comprehensive safety and health program is critical to successful businesses today," according to MIOSHA, which also noted CET Industrial Hygienist Harvey Johnson conducted a hazard survey at the facility that gave the employer the opportunity to walk through the facility with a MIOSHA representative and correct problem areas that were noted.

The Gold Award criteria include:

  • Having an effective Safety and Health Management System. MIOSHA staff consult with Gold awardees and evaluate their SHMS to ensure that key elements are implemented.
  • Establishing a safety and health committee with both employee and management participation.
  • Developing an employee training system with an emphasis on how to do the work in a safe and healthful manner.
  • Working diligently to change the workplace culture to reflect the importance of worker safety.

"I am very proud of my staff and the continued commitment to the safety of our employees. We continue to strive daily to retain a safe work environment for our employees," Byrd said.

The facility is a 123-bed facility that provides short-term rehabilitation and long-term nursing services to residents of western Michigan and northern Indiana. Ciena Healthcare is the largest privately owned operator of skilled nursing and rehabilitation in Michigan.

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