Cooperative Programs and Partnerships
Whether your company is building its safety and health program from the ground up or has a long track record of workplace safety and health excellence, you can take advantage of a cooperative relationship with MIOSHA to protect your workforce and your bottom line.
MIOSHA's cooperative and recognition programs follow a graduated approach — starting with employers that require the greatest help and scaling up to those that proactively institute safety and health best practices.
Find the program that meets your workplace wherever it stands on work safety.
Michigan Challenge Program
If your workplace is looking to implement a winning strategy that will support your employees’ safety and health and your company’s bottom line, the Michigan Challenge Program can help by offering employers an opportunity to develop an effective safety and health management system during a three-year cooperative agreement and commitment with MIOSHA, with a six-month deferral from programmed inspections.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to all employers in general industry that need significant help with worker safety or have great opportunity for improvement.
MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training Awards
The Consultation Education and Training – or CET – Awards recognize excellent safety performance achievements of employers and employees. Awards are given to companies who achieved outstanding safety and health records and have implemented an effective safety and health management system, with the greatest weight placed on proactive safety indicators (participation on safety committees, conducting self-inspections, reporting near-misses, thorough root cause analyses, etc.)
ELIGIBILITY: Open to all employers who achieved outstanding safety and health, including those who have completed the Michigan Challenge Program and have implemented all five elements of an effective safety and health management system.
Michigan Safety and Health Achievement Program
The Michigan Safety and Health Achievement Program (MSHARP) recognizes workplaces that have achieved excellence in their safety and health practices, placing these companies among the elite few who go above and beyond MIOSHA standards. Priority is given to companies on the MIOSHA list of high-hazard industries or those that are part of MIOSHA's strategic plan to help them develop, implement and continuously improve the effectiveness of their workplace safety and health management system.
When you participate in MSHARP, you'll get assistance from MIOSHA's Onsite Consultation Program to become self-sufficient in managing occupational safety and health, plus your workplace will get feedback on best practices and be offered an incentive of 12-month exemption from regular scheduled MIOSHA inspections.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to employers with 250 employees or less and injury and illness rates below the Michigan average in their NAICS code over the last year.
Michigan Voluntary Protection Program
Two levels of MVPP — the Michigan Star and Rising Star Programs.
Michigan Star: Designed for workplaces that have an exemplary safety and health management system with injury and illness incidence rates below the industry average for the last three years.
Rising Star: Provides a stepping stone for establishments that have the desire and potential to achieve Star Status within one to three years. Rising Star participants have a good safety and health management system and have incidence rates at or below the industry average for two out of the last three years.
To become an elite MVPP site, current Star sites are available to mentor you and help your company improve its safety and health management system.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to small, high-hazard industry employers that meet required injury and illness rates for their respective North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).
MIOSHA Partnership Program
ELIGIBILITY: Open to employers in construction and general industry.
MIOSHA Alliance Program
MIOSHA alliances are three-year written agreements that formalize the opportunity for organizations and MIOSHA to work together to reach out, educate and lead the state’s employers and their employees in advancing workplace safety and health. But even more than that, an alliance is an opportunity for employers to:
- Build trusting, cooperative relationships with MIOSHA
- Network with others committed to workplace safety and health
- Leverage resources to maximize worker safety and health protection
- Gain recognition as a proactive leader in safety and health
An alliance may be renewed every three years.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to all groups, including trade or professional organizations, government agencies, businesses, labor organizations and educational institutions in industry sectors where MIOSHA does not have a strong presence.