FY 2016 Consultation Education and Training (CET) Grant Projects

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) awarded 21 CET Grants totaling $867,000 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 and health training in the high-hazard industries of hospitals; nursing and residential care facilities; construction and manufacturing in northern lower Michigan. 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 crane rigging and signaling, confined space, fall protection, scaffold and steel erection safety and safety to young employees. 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.

Bay De Noc Community College will develop and present training to promote awareness and methods to prevent and reduce workplace injuries in the forest, landscaping and tree trimming and clearing industries. This training will also be offered to youth and employees of small employers that are seasonally employed. Safety training will also be provided in nursing and residential care facilities in order to reduce musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). 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 for comprehensive workplace violence prevention, verbal diffusion and survival skills, personal safety protocols, active shooter defensive tactics and crisis management guidelines. For more information, please contact Marilyn Knight at 248-974-6870 or MKnightmsw@aol.com.

Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) will develop and deliver safety and health training and consultation services focusing on “The Big Four” causes of fatalities and 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 Tracey Alfonsi at 248-972-1000 or at Alfonsi@cam-online.com.

Eastern Michigan University Organization for Risk Reduction will provide an eight-hour comprehensive Trenching and Excavation Qualified Person program to train workers, supervisors and equipment operators whose health and safety is threatened by the possibility of serious injury or death due to incidents involving trenching and excavation work. For more information Elizabeth Stoner at 734-487-8285 or at estoner@emich.edu.

Grand Valley State University will continue to address the need for occupational safety and health training in the growing industry of craft beer-making industry. The training project will be delivered via online modules created on the specific tasks that are performed in a brewery. For more information contact Dave Huizen at 616-331-5596 or at huizend@gvsu.edu.

Great Lakes Safety Training Center will address the issue of confined space rescue in a rural agricultural setting by offering a seminar entitled “Confined Space Training for Emergency Responders.” This seminar will provide fire departments and other rural emergency response agencies the ability to quickly and safely respond to confined space incidents, specifically grain entrapments. For more information contact Jill Dougherty at 989-492-7036 or jdougherty@glstc.org.

MARO Employment and Training Association - This project will focus on designing  health and safety eLearning training modules that will allow for 24/7 access as well as continue to provide both online and on-site training targeted at community-based organizations and Centers for Independent Living providing services for workers with disabilities and other barriers to community inclusion, along with organizations providing transition services to youth. For more information contact Gloria McMullan at 517-484-5588 extension 4 or gmcmullan@maro.org.

Michigan AFL-CIO will deliver customized safety and health training in both the healthcare and manufacturing industries. For more information contact Eli Isaguerre at 517-372-0784 or eli@miaflcio.org.

Michigan Association of Chiropractors will provide on-site training and both on-site and remote technical services regarding back safety and ergonomics and Safety and Health Management System support. These will be offered in hospitals, nursing and residential care and manufacturing facilities, along with various transportation industries. For more information contact Kathy Schaefer at 517-290-3252 or MACWorkSafe@Yahoo.com.

Michigan Green Industry Association (MGIA) - This project will provide training workshops and seminars to assist green industry professionals in understanding how to safety and competently perform tree care operations. Trainings will focus on chainsaw safety and use, tree trimming and felling and aerial lift safety. For more information contact Silvia Eichen at 248-646-4992 or silvia@landscape.org.

Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) - Will create a real-time educational application that addresses the new “Confined Spaces in Construction” rule. This application will include an entry decision process designed to ensure proper procedures are followed before entering a confined space. For more information contact Matt McClintick at 517-347-8336 or mattmcclintick@mita.org.

Michigan Safety Conference - This grant will provide distracted driving, as well as impaired driving simulators to be demonstrated at the 2016 Michigan Safety Conference. The simulators will educate and demonstrate the effects and consequences of poor choices and/or decisions made while operating a motor vehicle. For more information contact Denise McGinn at 517-203-0737 or denise@michsafetyconf.org

Michigan Safety Consortium ­ Training will be provided through this Ag Safety and Rescue Initiative to emergency responders, farm employers and employees. Topics of training include farm emergencies, confined space and tractor and machinery awareness. An operational level course, “Managing Tractor and Machinery Emergencies” will also be provided that will include hands-on training utilizing specialized tools, tractor and farm equipment. For more information contact Suzy Carter at 517-204-3687 or misafetyconsortium@gmail.com

Michigan State University - Will provide outreach to the animal production industry by providing safety and health training, as well as training on the creation and implementation of a Safety and Health Management System. Onsite facility reviews will be conducted to identify and assist with safety and health hazard assessments on the farm. For information contact Debra Chester at 517-432-1008 or at Debra.Chester@hc.msu.edu.

North Central Michigan College - Hands-on ergonomic training will continue to be provided to employers and employees in nursing and residential care facilities in seven remote counties. Five of these counties are in the Northern Lower Peninsula and two are in the Upper Peninsula. For more information contact Jim Tisdel at 231-348-6822 or jtisdel@ncmich.edu.

Parents for Student Safety Employment Standards (PASSES) - This program provides statewide focused training to students in the construction and industrial trade classes, and as a special emphasis this year, is also extending training to co-op students. Some of the training topics include: hazard recognition, ergonomics, fall protection, the 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 the 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 included to teach young workers with a focus on core health and safety training. For more information contact Fred Jimenez at 616-304-4861 or fjimenez@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 has developed and will provide customized on-site introductory ergonomics training seminars, interactive teaching technology, ergonomics technical assistance, case study video clips; guidance for safety and ergonomic program development, scholarships, documentation of workplace changes and development of ergonomics programs and/or safety and health management programs. For more information contact Sheryl Ulin at 734-763-0133 or sherylul@umich.edu