FY 2017 Consultation Education and Training (CET) Grant Projects

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) awarded 20 CET Grants totaling $865,000 to promote worker safety and health across the state, particularly for small and medium size companies. Contact any of the following grantees if you are interested in free training underwritten by MIOSHA. They provide health and safety hazard training in a variety of formats.  

Alpena Community College will deliver targeted safety training in three high-hazard industries:  Construction, Wood Products Manufacturing and Nursing and Residential Care.  This grant incorporates high-hazard industry training, primarily with smaller employers, in order to support MIOSHA Strategic Plan Goals.  For more information contact James Makowske at 989-358-7301 or at makowskj@alpenacc.edu.

Associated General Contractors of Michigan will provide statewide training in such topics as crane rigging and signaling, silica safety, masonry wall and confined space entry.  Regional public forums will also be held to provide updates on recent changes to the MIOSHA Construction Safety and Health standards.  For more information contact Paul Wrzesinski at 517-371-1550 or pwrzesinski@agcmichigan.org.

Baker College will provide ergonomic training to employees in nursing and residential care facilities and hospitals.  For more information contact Tom Nathe at 231-876-3176 or tnathe01@baker.edu.

Bay De Noc Community College will develop and present tree trimming and chainsaw safety training to promote awareness and methods to prevent and reduce workplace injuries in the forest, landscaping and tree trimming industries.  This training will also be offered to youth and employees of small employers that are seasonally employed.  For more information contact Renee Lundberg at 906-217-4224 or lundberr@baycollege.edu.

Center for Workplace Violence Prevention, Inc. will develop and deliver training on creating a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan, verbal diffusion skills during aggressive encounters, active shooter survival, and situational awareness and victim avoidance for the “lone” worker.  For more information contact Marilyn Knight at 248-974-6870 or MKnightmsw@aol.com.

Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) will develop and deliver on-site safety and health training focusing on “The Big Four” causes of fatalities to employees and will assist management with developing effective Safety and Health Management Systems.  The project will identify and work mainly, but not exclusively, with construction companies with fewer than 100 employees.  For more information contact Jason Griffin at 248-972-1141 or at Griffin@cam-online.com.

Eastern Michigan University Organization for Risk Reduction will provide an eight-hour comprehensive program titled “Protecting Construction Workers from Silica” to employers engaged in construction of buildings, heavy and civil engineering construction, demolition, residential construction, building material and garden equipment and supplies.  For more information contact Elizabeth Stoner at 734-487-8285 or at estoner@emich.edu.

Emergency Services Rescue Training will focus on providing training to emergency responders and farm employers/employees on such topics as emergency action plans, managing farm emergencies, confined space awareness and machinery emergencies.  Training will include classroom training as well as hands-on training that will be conducted at a farm setting.  For more information contact Suzy Carter at 517-204-3687 or at miagsafety@gmail.com.

Great Lakes Safety Training Center will provide general safety training to temporary workers in the state of Michigan by offering “Temporary Worker Safety 101.”  This seminar is designed for light industrial workers and will focus on topics such as:  hazard communication, lockout/tagout, machine guarding, noise exposure, electrical, personal protective equipment, etc.   For more information contact Jill Dougherty at 989-492-7036 or jdougherty@glstc.org.

MARO Employment and Training Association - This project will provide both on-site and online safety and health training to community rehabilitation organizations and their staff, centers for independent living and workers with disabilities and other barriers to community inclusion and employment.  For more information contact Gloria McMullan at 517-484-5588 extension 4 or gmcmullan@maro.org.

Michigan AFL-CIO will deliver industry and employer-specific safety and health training for new employees in both the healthcare and manufacturing industries.  For more information contact Andrew Niedzinski at 517-372-0784 (office), 989-992-7864 (cell) or aniedzinski@mhrdi.org.

Michigan Association of Chiropractors will offer a walkthrough evaluation that will result in the creation of a customized on-site training program for workers in the manufacturing, support activities for transportation, warehousing, and healthcare industries.  This grant will also provide temporary worker training.  All trainings will focus on back safety and ergonomics.  For more information contact Kathy Schaefer at 517-290-3252 or MACWorkSafe@Yahoo.com.

Michigan Green Industry Association (MGIA) - This project will promote awareness of the dangers of tree care operations and the importance of safety training.  In addition, the following fundamentals and techniques of safety performing tree care operations will be taught:  equipment safety and maintenance; proper pruning techniques; tree risk assessment; aerial lift rescue and emergency evacuation; electrical hazard awareness; CPR/First Aid; and proper use of personal protective equipment.  For more information contact Silvia Eichen at 248-646-4992 or silvia@landscape.org.

Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) - A “Safety First” program for heavy construction companies will be offered to put safety on the jobsite before companies begin work.  A Safety and Health Management System (SHMS) will be developed and customized to fit the needs of any company that participates in educating their employees and employers in the most up-to-date industry standards. For more information contact Matt McClintick at 517-347-8336 or mattmcclintick@mita.org.

Michigan State University - Will provide outreach to the agricultural industry by providing safety and health training to producers and employees regarding hazard communication, the need for respiratory protection, its selection and proper fit.  For information contact Debra Chester at 517-432-1008 or at Debra.Chester@hc.msu.edu.

North Central Michigan College - On-site ergonomic training will be provided to employers and employees of hotels, motels and resorts; hospitals; and nursing and residential care facilities in eight remote counties of the Northern Lower Peninsula and the Eastern Upper Peninsula.  For more information contact Jim Tisdel at 231-348-6822 or jtisdel@ncmich.edu.

Parents for Student Safety Employment Standards (PASSES) - This project addresses young worker safety and health in the construction trades industry, retail industry and various other industries that employ young workers.  Trainings are held at high schools throughout Michigan.  Students and teachers receive training on issues such as fall protection, hazard recognition, proper lifting, proper use of personal protective equipment, safe chemical handling, lockout/tagout, heat exhaustion and teen labor laws.  For more information contact Donna Weaver at 313-910-6531 or passessedge@live.com.

Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWSDU) will continue to provide training that addresses a wide range of safety and health issues in the Food and Beverage Processing industries throughout the state of Michigan.  Some training topics include:  Safety and health management systems, powered industrial trucks, and lockout/tagout.  Training programs will also be expanded that provide basic health and safety awareness training to young workers through secondary schools and job training programs. For more information contact Jeanette Ector at 616-241-4357 or jector@rwdsu.org.

United Auto Workers (UAW) will provide health and safety training and services to smaller Michigan workplaces and to public sector workers so they can identify their most critical health and safety hazards and address them with applicable and cost-effective solutions.  Training will also be provided to underserved audiences such as young workers, temporary workers, and workers with English as a second language.  For more information contact Steve Shepard at 313-962-5563 or at stshepard@uaw.net.

University of Michigan Center for Ergonomics will provide ergonomics training and technical assistance to small and medium sized Michigan companies.  Specifically, they will provide customized on-site introductory ergonomics training seminars using an interactive teaching technology, ergonomics technical assistance, case study video clips, guidance for safety and ergonomic program development, scholarships to attend an open enrollment introductory ergonomics course, and documentation of workplace changes and development of ergonomics/safety and health programs.  For more information contact Sheryl Ulin at 734-763-0133 or sherylul@umich.edu