MIOSHA and the Michigan Electrical Training Director's Association Sign Alliance to Promote Workplace Safety and Health

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August 8, 2019 - The Michigan Electrical Training Director’s Association (MiETDA) and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) formalized an alliance agreement at a recent signing ceremony pledging to provide Michigan’s workers in the electrical industry with safety and health information, guidance and access to training resources with the goal of reducing and preventing exposure to electrical hazards.

“We’re excited to sign such a unique alliance that will allow us to leverage our resources and exchange information about best practices to maximize worker safety and health protection,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “We look forward to partnering with MiETDA to improve education and training programs in occupational safety and health for Michigan’s electricians and the trainers who train them.”

The new alliance, which is effective for three years, accomplishes the following:

  • formalizes a working relationship between MiETDA and MIOSHA in which both parties work to raise awareness of MIOSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives;
  • provides training and education, and
  • enhances communication and outreach related to worker protection with a specific focus on electrical contact and arc flash/arc blast hazards.

“It is the intent of this alliance between MIOSHA and the Michigan Electrical Training Director’s Association to further the mutual goals of both organizations toward creating safer work sites for Michigan’s construction workers,” said MiETDA Chairman Dale Goerge.

In developing this alliance, MIOSHA and MiETDA recognize that MIOSHA’s Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division is an integral part of this effort. Potential outreach capability is to the more than 36,000 licensed electricians in Michigan. 

The alliance was signed by:

  • Barton (Bart) Pickelman, CIH, MIOSHA Director
  • Nella Davis-Ray, MIOSHA CET Division Director
  • Lawrence Hidalgo, Jr., JD, MIOSHA Construction Safety and Health Division Director
  • Dale Goerge, MiETDA Chair
  • David Kitchen, MiETDA Secretary

Alliances enable organizations committed to workplace safety and health to collaborate with MIOSHA to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. Alliances are open to trade or professional associations, businesses, labor organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies.

The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). MiEDTA is comprised of training directors and assistant training directors from 12 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers/National Electrical Contractors Association-sponsored electrical apprenticeship programs. The mission of each program is to provide Michigan’s electrical industry with the most highly trained and highly skilled journeymen and apprentice electricians. Annually, these programs train thousands of journeymen electricians in continuing education classes in an effort to provide the safest electrical installations with the highest quality possible. In addition, these organizations bring hundreds of men and women into the electrical industry each year through apprenticeships where they are provided first-rate training and high-paying careers. Completely through private funding, MiEDTA is dedicated to providing the citizens of Michigan with the best electricians possible.

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