Consultation Education and Training Awards

The CET Division recognizes the achievements of Michigan employers and employees through CET Safety Awards based on excellent safety and health performance.  Awards are given to companies who have achieved outstanding safety and health records and have implemented an effective safety and health management system (SHMS).  The revised awards criteria places greater weight on proactive safety indicators (e.g., participation on safety committees, conducting self-inspections, reporting near-misses, thorough root cause analyses, etc.) and the elements that comprise a SHMS and allows for slight variance in meeting the revised criterion of achieving a better-than-average industry illness and injury rate.  In addition, the agency gives special awards for ergonomic successes.

CET Awards
A Safety and Health Management System is comprised of five primary elements: Management Commitment & Planning, Employee Involvement, Safety & Health Training, Worksite Analysis, and Hazard Prevention & Control. Various sub-elements or attributes, comprise each primary element.  Thirty-two attributes will be reviewed to assess the effectiveness of a company SHMS.  All CET Safety Award applicants must be evaluated by a CET consultant who will assist with the award application, confirm award eligibility, and submit the completed award application to the CET Division.

The Bronze Certificate of Recognition is issued to an establishment that does not meet the criteria for the Silver or Gold award.  The certificate may be granted for other significant safety and health achievements or for major contributions or service that has resulted in a positive impact on worker safety and health.  The company must have implemented a minimum of 16 of 32 attributes in their SHMS.  The company must also have a current Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) and the Days Away, Restricted and Transfer (DART) rate that is within 25% of their industry averages. 

The Silver award is issued to an establishment whose current and last complete year's TCIR and DART rate are below the industry average.  The Silver award criteria also includes having the company implement at least 20 of 32 attributes in their SHMS. The Silver award company must have at least one implemented attribute in each of the five SHMS elements and also meet the goal of 20 total attributes.  The company must also have an established safety and health committee.

The Gold award is issued to an establishment who's current and last two complete years' TCIR and DART rates are below the industry average.  The Gold award criteria also includes having the company implement at least 24 of 32 attributes in their SHMS.  The Gold award company must have at least two implemented attributes in each of the five SHMS elements and also meet the goal of 24 total attributes.  The company must also have an established safety and health committee.

MIOSHA Ergonomics Award
The Ergonomic Success award will be given to an establishment who has instituted ergonomic improvements and have substantially reduced Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs).  The criteria for the Ergonomic Success award includes the following:

  • The employer's last 12 month TCIR shall be below the industry average rate and the employer must have implemented at least 20 of the 32 attributes in their SHMS.
  • The employer has had at least a 25% reduction of MSD incidence rate over the previous 12-month period, with no increase in their total case incidence rates.
  • The improvement must be brought about through ergonomic engineering controls, administrative controls, and/or incentives.
  • The employer should have a method for obtaining input from employees, and have employee involvement in the improvement process

If you would like to read more regarding the CET Safety Awards, please review the CET Division Instruction, CET-ADM-08-01.  Call the CET Division for assistance at 517-284-7720.  Award requests will be assigned to a CET consultant for follow-up to assess eligibility.