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Labor and Economic Opportunity

FY 2021 Consultation Education and Training (CET) Grant Projects

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) awarded 21 CET grants totaling $870,000 to promote worker safety and health across the state, particularly for small and medium-sized companies. Contact any of the following grantees if you are interested in free training underwritten by MIOSHA. They provide health and safety training in a variety of formats.

AFL-CIO of Michigan will deliver safety and health training in the manufacturing, healthcare and construction industries with the focus on basic principles of workplace safety and health, identifying and remediating hazards in the workplace and avoiding work-related accidents. Technical assistance will also be provided to establish safety and health programs and committees. For more information, contact Michael Davis Jr. at 517-372-0784 or

Alpena Community College will provide safety and health training throughout Northeast Michigan in the healthcare, construction, manufacturing, forestry, and logging industries. For more information, contact, Dawn Stone at 989-358-7293 or

Associated General Contractors of Michigan offers the Safety and Health Support for Construction (SHTSC) program that will provide programs throughout Michigan in public formats to address changes to MIOSHA construction safety and health standards as well as provide on-site advanced safety training on various topics such as fall protection, silica, confined space, crane rigging and scaffold safety. For more information contact Paul Wrzesinski at 517-371-1550 or

Bay De Noc Community College will develop and present tree trimming and chainsaw safety training to address awareness and methods to prevent and reduce workplace injuries in the forest, landscaping and tree trimming and clearing industries.  For more information contact Renee Lundberg at 906-217-4224 or

Center for Workplace Violence Prevention, Inc. will develop and deliver training for comprehensive workplace violence prevention, behavioral threat management, personal safety and survival skills, verbal de-escalation skills during an aggressive encounter and training targeted to “lone worker” safety and COVID-19 safe practices training.  Training will also be provided on creating a safety and health program.  For more information contact Marilyn Knight at 248-974-6870 or

Eastern Michigan University Organization for Risk Reduction will provide an eight-hour comprehensive training program in workshop format titled “Protection from Crystalline 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.  For more information contact Elizabeth Stoner at 734-487-8285 or at

Emergency Services Rescue Training - Classroom and field trainings will be conducted for first responders regarding farm emergencies.  Some included topics are farm fires, grain entrapments, chemicals, crush injuries, farm equipment entanglement, tractor rollovers and silos and manure storage.  For more information contact Suzy Carter at 517-204-3687 or at

Grand Valley State University will provide safety and health training for employers in confined space entry, lockout, and fall protection in, but not limited to, the manufacturing industry. For more information contact Derek McCormick at 616-331-6249 or at

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

Incompass Michigan - 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.  To accommodate all types of learners, trainings are offered in various formats such as onsite, eLearning modules and webinars.  For more information contact Todd Culver at 517-484-4488 or

Lawrence Technological University will develop best practice training to mitigate the COVID-19 spread in construction workplaces, provide COVID-19 training to small and medium construction firms, and assist construction firms in creating adequate COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. For more information contact Ahmed Al-Bayati at 248-204-2586 or at

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 an 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

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 and felling techniques; chainsaw safety, maintenance and use; Arborist rigging techniques; Electrical Hazard Awareness Training, and CPR/First Aid, among others.  For more information contact Silvia Eichen at 248-646-4992 or

Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) - A “Wake Up to Safety” training program will be offered to heavy construction companies throughout Michigan.  Trainings include fall prevention, electrocutions, struck-by and crushed injuries.  Assistance will also be offered to employers in creating a Safety and Health Program (SHP).  For more information contact Rob Coppersmith at 517-347-8336 or

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 and COVID-19 hazards.  For information contact Anthony Oliveri at 517-355-5040 or at

North Central Michigan College - On-site ergonomic training will be provided to employers and employees of hotels, motels and resorts; manufacturing firms; construction firms; hospitals; and nursing and residential care facilities in eight remote counties of the Northern Lower Peninsula and the Eastern Upper Peninsula as well as Response to COVID-19: Best Practices for Small Business Training.  For more information contact Jim Tisdel at 231-348-6822 or

Parents for Student Safety Employment Standards (PASSES) - This program will provide focused student training in construction trades, industrial arts classes and the co-op program.  Some training topics include: heat exhaustion, hazard recognition, proper lifting techniques, ladder safety, fall protection, proper use of personal protective equipment, teen labor laws and the right of individuals to request and receive safety and equipment training.  Trainings are held at high schools throughout Michigan.  For more information contact Donna Weaver at 313-910-6531 or

Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWSDU) will provide hazard-specific training programs and dissemination of educational materials with technical assistance and support to build stronger safety programs at food and beverage processing facilities throughout the state and reduce the risk of COVID-19.  An additional focus will be the training of young workers in these industries.  For more information contact Jim Den Uyl at 616.241.4357 or

Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation will provide training on the use of respirators for healthcare workers and dental practices through the Respiratory Protection and Respirator Fit Testing (RPRFT) program. For more information contact Mark Libs at 269-927-5111 or at

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

Wayne State University - This project will provide blight removal hazard awareness training for workers in the construction industry. Training topics include, but are not limited to, health hazards of exposures to asbestos, lead, crystalline silica, noise; and physical hazards associated with falls, electrocution, excavation, confined spaces, demolition equipment, and traffic. For more information contact Mumtaz Usmen at 313-577-1953 or