MIOSHA and Michigan Society for Infection Prevention and Control Sign Alliance to Protect WorkersContact: John Groen 517-373-9280Agency: Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration
December 6, 2012 - The Michigan Society for Infection Prevention and Control (MSIPC) and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) signed a formal alliance to improve the overall outcomes of educational initiatives for infection prevention and control professionals. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
"We are pleased to renew our alliance with the Michigan Society for Infection Prevention and Control to help protect Michigan's healthcare workers from infectious diseases," said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder. "It is imperative that healthcare employers and workers have the tools and training necessary to sustain a safe and healthy work environment."
The alliance continues the formal working relationship between MSIPC and MIOSHA to focus on their shared goals to protect healthcare workers against occupational exposure to infectious diseases and injuries and to improve educational outcomes for MSIPC's 600-plus infection prevention and control professionals.
Signing the alliance were: MSIPC President Karen Hoover, MSIPC Administrative Coordinator Amy Mulonas, MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder, and MIOSHA Deputy Director Bart Pickelman.
"We are excited to continue our alliance," said Hoover. "Our collaboration has already led to safer healthcare environments and more productive infection preventionists. I believe we can improve outcomes even further by continuing this alliance."
The goals of this alliance include, but are not limited to:
- Sharing resources for prevention and education initiatives to improve worker safety and health;
- Developing innovative solutions for workplace health and safety with MSIPC taking on an active role in working with MIOSHA on standards or guidance;
- Providing better access to job safety and health information;
- Utilizing MSIPC's extensive network to communicate changes in safety regulations issued by MIOSHA; and
- Strengthening the cooperative relationship between MIOSHA and MSIPC.
Alliances enable organizations committed to workplace safety and health to collaborate with MIOSHA to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. Alliances are open to all groups, including: trade or professional associations, businesses, labor organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies.
There are many benefits to participating in an alliance with MIOSHA. Through this program, organizations will:
- Build trusting, cooperative relationships;
- Network with others committed to workplace safety and health;
- Exchange information about best practices; and
- Leverage resources to maximize worker safety and health protection.
"The MIOSHA program is dedicated to working with employers, both public and private sector - to find innovative ways to enhance workplace safety and health," said Yoder. "Through alliances, MIOSHA can offer employers a voluntary, cooperative relationship to eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high level of safety and health."
MSIPC was founded in 1973 by professionals charged with the responsibility of developing Infection Prevention and Control Programs in several institutions. MSIPC strives today to increase communication and access through the use of information technology, continually evaluates current education resources to serve member needs, and promotes science-based practices.
The mission of the MSIPC is "to develop a knowledge network, provide educational resources, and promote science-based practices in partnership with the community." Its vision statement is to "promote healthy communities through epidemiology."
For more information about forming an alliance or partnership with MIOSHA, please check our website at www.michigan.gov/miosha or contact the Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division at 517-322-1809.
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