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

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Extends MIOSHA Education, Training and Resources to ABC Members

group of individuals standing together having picture takenMay 29, 2019.  The Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. of Michigan (ABC of Michigan) and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) renewed their formal alliance at a recent signing ceremony to provide ABC of Michigan members and others with safety and health information, guidance, and access to training resources.

"We are pleased to renew our alliance with ABC of Michigan to continue protecting our working men and women," said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. "This alliance offers great opportunities to provide needed training and help create safer and healthier workplaces throughout Michigan."

Created in order 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, 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
  • 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 were:

  • Barton (Bart) Pickelman, MIOSHA Director
  • Nella Davis-Ray, MIOSHA CET Division Director
  • Jeff Wiggins, ABC of Michigan State Director
  • Corey Hannahs, ABC of Michigan Chairman
  • Jimmy Greene, ABC Greater Michigan Chapter President/CEO
  • Steve Longstreet, ABC Western Michigan Chapter Board Chair
  • Norm Brady, ABC Western Michigan President/CEO
  • Jason Johnson, ABC Greater Michigan Chapter Board Chair
  • Keith Ledbetter, ABC Southern Michigan Chapter President/CEO
  • Robert Clancy, ABC Southeastern Michigan Chapter Board Chair

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 implement innovative ways to enhance workplace safety and health," said Pickelman. "Through alliances, MIOSHA can offer employers a voluntary, cooperative relationship to eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high level of safety and health."

The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). ABC 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. ABC of Michigan is made up of three chapters: Greater Michigan Chapter, Southeastern Michigan Chapter, and Western Michigan Chapter.

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