FY 2018 Consultation Education and Training (CET) Grant Projects

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) awarded 20 CET Grants totaling $872,000 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.  

Associated General Contractors of Michigan will provide statewide training in such topics as crane rigging and signaling, silica safety, masonry wall and confined space entry.  Regional public forums will also be held to address the newly revised MIOSHA Construction Safety and Health and Administrative standards.  For more information contact Paul Wrzesinski at 517-371-1550 or pwrzesinski@agcmichigan.org.

Baker College will provide safe patient handling and movement training to employees in residential care facilities and hospitals. For more information contact Tom Nathe at 231-876-3176 or tnathe01@baker.edu.

Bay De Noc Community College will develop and present trainings to address awareness and methods to prevent and reduce workplace injuries in the forest, landscaping and tree trimming and clearing industries while working with chainsaws. This training will also be offered to youth, employees of small employers and seasonal workers.  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 on creating a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan, situational awareness and personal safety protocols, active shooter defense tactics and crisis management guidelines and recovery.  For more information contact Marilyn Knight at 248-974-6870 or MKnightmsw@aol.com.

Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) will develop four online YouTube videos and quizzes that will address “The Focus Four” hazards in the construction industry.  In addition, assistance will be provided to employers in developing an effective Safety and Health Management System.  The project will identify and work mainly, but not exclusively, with construction companies with fewer than 100 employees.  For more information contact Jason Griffin at 248-972-1141 or at Griffin@cam-online.com.

Eastern Michigan University Organization for Risk Reduction will provide an eight-hour comprehensive training program in workshop format titled “Protecting Construction Workers from Silica”.  This workshop will enable employers to recognize silica exposure hazards, their legal obligations to protect workers from silica exposure and how to select and implement appropriate exposure control methods for various construction situations.  This training will apply to those engaged in construction of buildings, heavy and civil engineering construction, demolition, residential construction, building material and garden equipment and supplies.  For more information contact Elizabeth Stoner at 734-487-8285 or at estoner@emich.edu.

Emergency Services Rescue Training will focus on providing training to first responders, farm employers/employees and youth workers on such topics as emergency action plans, managing farm emergencies, confined space awareness and machinery emergencies.  Training will include both classroom and hands-on training that will be conducted at a farm setting.  For more information contact Suzy Carter at 517-204-3687 or at miagsafety@gmail.com.

Great Lakes Safety Training Center will provide lockout/tagout safety training to employees in the manufacturing industry.  The classroom training will include the purpose of lockout/tagout, MIOSHA requirements for lockout/tagout, recognition of types of energy and procedures for lockout/tagout.  Hands-on training will also be conducted with the use of a simulator.   For more information contact Jill Dougherty at 989-492-7036 or jdougherty@glstc.org.

MARO Employment and Training Association - This project will provide safety and health training to staff of community rehabilitation organizations and workers with disabilities or other barriers to community inclusion and employment.  Workplace health and safety training will be presented onsite at locations throughout the state, through eLearning/online training modules, as well as through web-based seminars that can be attended live, or recorded for future use.   For more information contact Gloria McMullan at 517-484-5588 or gmcmullan@maro.org.

Michigan AFL-CIO will deliver industry and employer-specific safety and health training for new employees in the healthcare, manufacturing and construction roofing industries.  For more information contact Andrew Niedzinski at 517-372-0784 (office), 989-992-7864 (cell) or aniedzinski@mhrdi.org.

Michigan Association of Chiropractors will offer a walkthrough evaluation that will result in the creation of a customized on-site training program for workers in the high-hazard industries of manufacturing, transportation, warehousing, accommodations and healthcare industries.  This grant will also provide and outreach initiative with construction and temporary worker agencies.  All trainings will focus on back safety and ergonomics.  For more information contact Kathy Schaefer at 517-290-3252 or MACWorkSafe@Yahoo.com.

Michigan Green Industry Association (MGIA) - This project will promote awareness of the dangers of tree care operations and the importance of safety training, by providing both classroom and demonstrative training in the following fundamentals and techniques of safely performing tree care operations: proper tree pruning techniques; chainsaw safety, maintenance, and tree felling; tree climbing, fall protection, and work positioning; electrical hazard awareness; CPR/First Aid; proper use of personal protective equipment; and more.  For more information contact Silvia Eichen at 248-646-4992 or silvia@landscape.org.

Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) - A “Don’t Fall for Bad Habits” program for heavy construction companies will be offered to make fall protection hazards and awareness a priority on the jobsite before companies begin work. The program will work to establish employees' level of understanding of the hazards associated with falls and the proper selection of equipment to mitigate or remove the chances of falling. For more information contact Matt McClintick at 517-347-8336 or mattmcclintick@mita.org.

Michigan State University - Will provide outreach to the agricultural industry by providing safety and health training to producers and employees regarding the identification of safety and health hazards in the workplace (Hazard Communication), the prevention of work-related respiratory illness, and the need for respiratory protection, its selection and proper fit.    For information contact Debra Chester at 517-432-1008 or at Debra.Chester@hc.msu.edu.

North Central Michigan College - On-site ergonomic training will be provided to employers and employees of hotels, motels and resorts; construction firms; hospitals; and nursing and residential care facilities in eight remote counties of the Northern Lower Peninsula and the Eastern Upper Peninsula.  For more information contact Jim Tisdel at 231-348-6822 or jtisdel@ncmich.edu.

Parents for Student Safety Employment Standards (PASSES) - This project addresses young worker safety and health in the construction trades industry, retail industry as well as various other industries that employ young workers.  Trainings are held at high schools throughout Michigan.  Students and teachers receive training on issues such as fall protection, hazard recognition, proper use of personal protective equipment, safe chemical handling, ladder safety, lockout/tagout, heat exhaustion, teen labor laws and the need for development of implementation of a Safety and Health Management System (SHMS).  For more information contact Donna Weaver at 313-910-6531 or passessedge@live.com.

Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWSDU) will provide training that addresses a wide range of safety and health issues in the Food and Beverage Processing industries throughout the state of Michigan.  Some training topics include:  Walking/Working Surfaces, powered industrial trucks, overextension, and Safety and Health Management Systems (SHMS).  Training programs will also be expanded that provide basic health and safety awareness training to young workers through secondary schools and job training programs.  For more information contact Rhonda Richardsr at 616-241-4357 or rrichards@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, prioritize and address their most critical health and safety hazards 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 313-926-5563 or at stshepard@uaw.net.

University of Michigan Center for Ergonomics will provide ergonomics training and technical assistance to small and medium sized Michigan companies.  Specifically, they will provide customized on-site introductory ergonomics training seminars using an interactive teaching technology, ergonomics technical assistance, case study video clips (case studies showcasing ergonomic analyses are available on the YouTube Channel, C4E TV), guidance for safety and ergonomic program development, scholarships to attend an open enrollment introductory ergonomics course, and documentation of workplace changes and development of ergonomics/safety and health programs.   For more information contact Sheryl Ulin at 734-763-0133 or sherylul@umich.edu

Wayne State University -  This project will provide Silica exposure awareness online training to the construction industry workforce in Michigan, primarily focusing on small business and hard-to-reach workers. This training will include recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of silica hazards on construction sites.  For more information contact Mumtaz Usmen at 313-577-1953 or musmen@wayne.edu