Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Media Contact: LARA Communications
June 4, 2018 – The Arnold Center, a non-profit community rehabilitation organization in Midland was recently awarded renewal of its Michigan Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (MSHARP) certification from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA).
“MSHARP recognizes successful, collaborative efforts of employees and management, in partnership with MIOSHA toward achieving excellence in workplace safety and health,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “The Arnold Center received its initial MSHARP award in 2009 and has continued to demonstrate a company culture that prioritizes worker safety that is to be commended.”
MSHARP is designed to assist smaller employers with less than 250 employees at the worksite. A priority is given to companies on the MIOSHA list of high-hazard industries, or who are a part of MIOSHA’s Strategic Plan to help them develop, implement and continuously improve the effectiveness of their workplace safety and health management system. The program can then target resources where they are most needed. MSHARP provides an incentive for employers to emphasize accident and illness prevention by anticipating problems, rather than reacting to them.
The MIOSHA Onsite Consultation Program within the Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division operates MSHARP. Onsite consultants work with employers to help them become self-sufficient in managing occupational safety and health. MSHARP worksites earn an exemption from “programmed” MIOSHA inspections on a yearly basis. MSHARP requires a comprehensive consultation visit and the correction of all serious workplace safety and health hazards to achieve certification.
The Arnold Center has an excellent system in place which incorporates each of the seven required MSHARP elements: hazard anticipation and detection; hazard prevention and control; planning and evaluation; administration and supervision; safety and health training; management leadership, and employee participation.
The Arnold Center has facilities in Midland and Gladwin. Since 1967, it has served the tri-county area as a catalyst for improving the quality of life for the people they serve. As a provider of vocational and related training programs and an employer of persons with disabilities, the Arnold Center has developed a proud history of providing state-of-the-art services.
For more information about MIOSHA, please visit www.michigan.gov/miosha.
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