MIOSHA and the American Society of Safety Engineers' Michigan; Chapters Renew Alliance to Protect Workers and Enhance Safety

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May 3, 2016 - The American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) Greater Detroit, Lansing and West Michigan Chapters, and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) renewed their formal alliance to continue to provide their collective occupational safety, health and environmental expertise in all industries to help protect the safety and health of Michigan workers. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

“The ASSE is a trusted alliance partner that LARA and MIOSHA are proud to collaborate with to help safeguard Michigan’s workforce,” said LARA Deputy Director Wanda Stokes.

MIOSHA worker safety alliance The alliance builds upon the working relationship between MIOSHA and the ASSE chapters to develop and disseminate information that helps protect the safety and health of Michigan workers through outreach and communication, as well as reinforce safety as a priority among employers and management. MIOSHA looks forward to continuing its long-standing relationship with ASSE's Michigan chapters to protect the safety and health of our state’s workers," said MIOSHA Acting Director Bart Pickelman. "Maintaining this alliance ensures the continued sharing of information and best practices with the common goal of creating safer, healthier workplaces throughout Michigan."

The alliance was signed by: MIOSHA Acting Director Bart Pickelman, MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division Director Nella Davis-Ray, ASSE Greater Detroit Chapter President Jessica Jannaman, ASSE West Michigan Chapter President Mingyu Wu, and ASSE Lansing Chapter President Robert Kirkby.

Alliances enable organizations committed to workplace safety and health to collaborate with MIOSHA to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. The key goals of this alliance include:

  • Improve communication and cooperation between Chapter members and MIOSHA resulting in improved program delivery and understanding
  • Have chapter member firms directly involved in consultation/hazard surveys offered by MIOSHA CET consultants
  • Increase awareness of MIOSHA and the outreach services the CET Division offers
  • Increase MIOSHA coverage in chapter publications and information about the alliance in MIOSHA publications
  • Produce safer, better-trained chapter members and the employees of their respective companies

“The ASSE Michigan Chapters represent hundreds of safety professionals from across the state,” said Lansing Chapter President Robert Kirkby. “Our Alliance with MIOSHA is a very important tool for helping our members support our profession and improve our ability to create safe, healthy, and productive work environments.”  

Founded in 1911, the ASSE is the oldest global professional safety society. Its more than 37,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members are committed to protecting people, property and the environment. For more information, go to www.asse.org.

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

For more information about forming an alliance with MIOSHA, visit www.michigan.gov/miosha or contact the MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division at 517-284-7720.


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