Ithaca, MI – The Central Michigan Manufacturing Association (CMMA) and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) signed a formal alliance April 30, 2015, to provide training opportunities to help participants recognize manufacturing hazards and learn how to solve jobsite problems in a safe and productive manner. MIOSHA is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
“We are pleased to join with CMMA to protect our working men and women,” said MIOSHA Deputy Director, Bart Pickelman. “This alliance offers great opportunities to share best practices, to provide unique training opportunities and to help create safer and healthier workplaces throughout Michigan.”
The Alliance formalizes a working relationship between CMMA and MIOSHA to provide enhanced awareness of worker safety and health of members through banners, promotion of training opportunities, and allowing access to member sites for the Consultation Education & Training (CET) Division to conduct job site safety and health consultation visits. This Alliance will promote regular CET safety and health consultation visits, as CET staff is available.
Signing the alliance was: President of CMMA (and Morbark President), Jim Shoemaker, Jr., MIOSHA Deputy Director, Bart Pickelman, and CMMA Safety S.I.G. Chair (and Morbark Quality Director), Eldon Sprague.
The purpose of this Alliance is to increase worker awareness and safety and health protection on CMMA member worksites. The intention is to solicit CMMA membership to voluntarily participate in the alliance. Each member who participates will be placed on a list to allow MIOSHA CET consultants to conduct a safety and health consultation visits. Participating contractors will have an “open-door” policy for CET staff to conduct consultation.
The key goals of this alliance include:
- Outreach and Communication
- Training and Education
- Promoting Dialogue
“The CMMA is excited with the new opportunities the Alliance agreement will give our central Michigan manufacturers to increase the emphasis, dialog, and tools needed to improve safety on the shop floor,” said CMMA President, Jim Shoemaker, Jr. “This 3-year program will enhance our Safety SIG’s ability to provide effective training resources, on site consultation, hazard surveys, and MIOSHA’s assistance on special projects.”
CMMA was formed to address the following needs by the manufacturers in central Michigan: the exchange of information and of ideas among the industrial community, to create a manufacturing network, to promote a better understanding of fellow industry members, to make each manufacturer more competitive, and to educate the general public about manufacturing in their region.
For more information about CMMA go to www.centralmichiganmanufacturers.org.
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration strives to work collaboratively with employers and employees to better prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities and to protect earned wages and fringe benefits. MIOSHA health and safety activities include: setting and enforcing occupational safety and health standards; providing extensive safety and health training and education; and working with partners to develop innovative programs to prevent workplace hazards. All agency activities focus on meeting the MIOSHA mission to help protect the safety, health, earned wages and fringe benefits of Michigan workers.