MIOSHA and Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan Sign Alliance to Protect Workers

Contact: Andrea Miller 517-373-9280
Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

June 24, 2014 – The Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC of Michigan) and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) signed a formal alliance today to provide ABC in Michigan members and others with safety and health information, guidance, and access to training resources. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

"We are pleased to join with ABC of Michigan to protect our working men and women," said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder.  "This Alliance offers great opportunities to provide needed training and help create safer and healthier workplaces throughout Michigan."

The purpose of this alliance is to increase and promote on the job safety and health to ABC of Michigan membership by creating better communication between ABC of Michigan members and MIOSHA for the benefit of a safer workforce.  The greatest value that the alliance provides is the outreach and training that is the foundation of the ABC activities.  Training goals set for the alliance primarily address “focus four” issues; fall hazards, electrical hazards, struck by hazards, and caught between/crushed by hazards.  In developing this Alliance, MIOSHA and ABC of Michigan recognize that MIOSHA’s Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division is an integral part of this effort. Total member contact outreach capability is approximately 20,000 people.

Signing the Alliance was Perry Merlo, 2014 Chairman of the Southeastern Michigan Chapter; Mark Sawyer, President, Southwestern Michigan Chapter; Dan Murphy, 2014 Chairman, Greater Michigan Chapter; Jimmy Greene, President, Greater Michigan Chapter; Paul Lemley, 2014 Chairman, Western Michigan Chapter; Norm Brady, President, Western Michigan Chapter; David Mollitor, Executive Board Member, ABC of Michigan; Chris Fisher, President, ABC of Michigan; Martha Yoder, Director, MIOSHA; Bart Pickelman, Deputy Director, MIOSHA; and Nella Davis-Ray, CET Division Director. 

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.
  • 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."

Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan is a statewide trade association dedicated to providing Michigan with high-quality, affordable, safe and on-time construction. A leading construction industry voice with state government, ABC provides many member services including legislative advocacy, networking opportunities, member benefits, legal updates, business development and educational opportunities. The ABC of Michigan is made up of four chapters, the Greater Michigan Chapter, Southeastern Michigan Chapter, Western Michigan Chapter and the ABC of Michigan.

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MIOSHA and Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan Sign Alliance to Protect Workers