20 Nonprofits Get MIOSHA Grants

"We're pleased to award these grants to employer groups, labor organizations, and other non-profits that have demonstrated innovation and diversity in their training programs," MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman said. "We appreciate the collaborative effort of these grantees and their mutual commitment toward preventing workplace injuries and illnesses."

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, parent agency of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), recently awarded a total of $872,000 in MIOSHA grants to 20 nonprofit organization. These were Consultation Education and Training grants, which are awarded annually on a competitive basis for the development and use of safety and health training and services. "The grants are instrumental in broadening MIOSHA CET safety and health activities to keep Michigan's working men and women safe on the job," explained LARA Chief Deputy Director Al Pohl. "Every dollar spent toward improving workplace safety and health is a wise investment that benefits Michigan employers and workers in so many ways."

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

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

LARA said the awarded projects this time included a wide range of training activities and proficiency levels, 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 recognition and communication; lockout/tagout; machine emergencies; safe chemical handling; noise exposure; electrical hazard awareness; PPE; aerial lift rescue; emergency evacuation; safety and health management systems; hazard communication; youth safety; and powered industrial trucks.

"We're pleased to award these grants to employer groups, labor organizations, and other non-profits that have demonstrated innovation and diversity in their training programs," MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman said. "We appreciate the collaborative effort of these grantees and their mutual commitment toward preventing workplace injuries and illnesses."

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