Nonprofits Receive $620,000 in MIOSHA Grants

The MIOSHA CET Grant Program funds additional options for health and safety education and training for employers and employees, focusing particularly on hazard recognition and prevention for high hazard industries.

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Deputy Director Kim Gaedeke announced the award of $620,000 in Michigan OSHA (MIOSHA) grants to 20 nonprofit organizations. The grants are part of the Consultation Education and Training (CET) Grant Program and are awarded annually on an open, competitive basis for the development and implementation of health and safety training and services.

The MIOSHA CET Grant Program funds additional options for health and safety education and training for employers and employees, focusing particularly on hazard recognition and prevention for high hazard industries.

"The grants are instrumental in broadening MIOSHA CET safety and health activities to keep Michigan's working men and women safe on the job," Gaedeke said. "Every dollar spent toward improving workplace safety and health is a wise investment that benefits Michigan employers and workers in so many ways."  

The subjects and activities of projects awarded grants include: safety and health training in health care, manufacturing and construction; silica exposure awareness training; crane rigging and scaffold safety; safe patient handling training in nursing and residential care facilities and hospitals; confined space entry; ergonomics; tree trimming and chainsaw safety; workplace violence prevention; lockout/tagout; safe chemical handling; personal protective equipment; a new "Find and Fix" program to help workers in the heavy construction industry learn to find and fix job site hazards before they cause injury, illness or fatality; emergency evacuation; safety and health management systems; hazard communication; powered industrial trucks; and young worker safety.

"We're pleased to award these grants to employer groups, labor organizations and other nonprofits 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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