MIOSHA and the Health Care Association of Michigan (HCAM) Form Alliance to Protect Long-Term Care Workers

Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280

November 15, 2012 - The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and the Health Care Association of Michigan (HCAM) signed a formal alliance today to protect the safety and health of Michigan's long-term care workers. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

 

"We are pleased to form this collaborative partnership with the Health Care Association of Michigan to help prevent injuries and illnesses in skilled nursing centers and assisted living facilities throughout Michigan," said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder. "This alliance will provide employers and workers with the tools and training necessary to sustain a safe and healthy work environment."

 

The alliance provides a working relationship between MIOSHA, HCAM and the Michigan Center for Assisted Living (MCAL), a division of HCAM. The alliance will promote dialogue, develop resources, promote access to training, and share information with workers providing care and services to those in long-term care. Signing the alliance were: David LaLumia, President/CEO, HCAM, and Martha Yoder, Director, MIOSHA.

 

"HCAM is excited by this new opportunity to help the employees in our member facilities which in turn helps the residents they serve," LaLumia said. "We look forward to collaborating with MIOSHA to promote a safer working environment."

 

Alliances enable organizations committed to workplace safety and health to collaborate with MIOSHA to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. Through participation and support of this alliance, the Health Care Association of Michigan and its affiliates will promote a "workplace free of recognizable hazards" within the long-term care industry, while improving knowledge and understanding of the fundamental requirements established by MIOSHA.

 

The key goals of this alliance include:

  • Reduce injuries and illnesses among Michigan skilled nursing centers and assisted living facilities.
  • Create and develop training programs specifically for the long-term care provider community.
  • Work with MIOSHA to establish industry best practices and long-term care facility-related safety and health systems.
  • Develop a collaborative relationship between MIOSHA and long-term care facilities in Michigan to provide a safe work environment. 

"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."

 

Originated in 1948, the Health Care Association of Michigan (HCAM) is the premier professional association representing nursing and rehabilitation communities including for and not for profit, county medical care and hospital based providers.  HCAM currently represents close to 300 nursing facilities. In 1999, HCAM created the Michigan Center for Assisted Living (MCAL). MCAL is a division of the association that serves assisted living homes including homes for the aged, adult foster care, housing with services and other senior living housing options. More information is available on their website, www.hcam.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 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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