The Michigan Safety Conference and MIOSHA Share a Cup of Coffee Over Worker Safety
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June 14, 2018. The Michigan Safety Conference (MSC) recently partnered with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) to discuss workplace safety and health and allow employers and employees to learn about MIOSHA services.
The “Coffee with MIOSHA” event held in Okemos, MI, provided an informal opportunity for more than 60 employers and workers to get the latest updates from MIOSHA, meet with MIOSHA representatives (Consultative, Enforcement and Radiation) to ask questions, obtain information on program services and resources, learn about MIOSHA Training Institute (MTI) opportunities, and establish rapport to advance safety and health in the state.
“We had a great turnout and we appreciate partnering with the Michigan Safety Conference to reach so many mid-Michigan employers and workers to discuss important health and safety topics,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “These events allow us to connect with Michigan employers to educate before we regulate.”
The Michigan Safety Conference sponsored the event to better help “Connect MIOSHA to Industry,” a multi-year project to enhance customer service and program effectiveness. In line with LARA’s “customer driven, business minded” philosophy, the initiative focuses on increased communication, coordination and outreach throughout the MIOSHA program. Whether conducted by consultation or enforcement staff, the goal is to ensure MIOSHA interventions are informative and valuable.
MSC Chair AJ Hale opened the two-hour session. Pickelman provided a comprehensive overview and update on the MIOSHA program. Joe Galusha, managing director of US Risk Control and Claims, Aon Global Risk Consulting, presented on the considerations and implications of an aging workforce on workplace safety and health.
MIOSHA partners with organizations throughout the state to offer “Coffee with MIOSHA” periodically throughout the year at various venues and is offered at no charge to employers or workers. Check MIOSHA’s website for upcoming events. Also available at no cost to employers, is MIOSHA’s Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division. CET consultants are available to help employers develop and implement long-term safety and health programs and comply with current MIOSHA regulations. For free statewide assistance, companies can call the CET Division at 517-284-7720; toll-free at 800-866-4674 or visit the website at www.michigan.gov/miosha.
In its 88th year, the MSC is a two-day workplace health and safety conference which is held every April in Michigan. The conference is a non-profit organization run by volunteers in the health and safety fields. The conference hosts 130+ training programs, many live demonstrations and hands-on simulations. Conference information can be found online at www.michsafetyconference.org. The next MSC will take place April 16-17, 2019, at DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI.
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