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New Alliance Helps Protect and Educate Plumbers, Pipefitters and HVAC Service Techs from Workplace Hazards
September 09, 2022
MIOSHA and Mechanical Contractors Association of Detroit become allies in worker safety, highlight safety as key to keeping and growing high-skill, high-demand workforce
SOUTHFIELD, MICH. — The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Detroit (MCA Detroit) formed an alliance today to help more workers in the mechanical construction and service industry to foster safer, more healthful workplaces.
The formal alliance agreement will help raise awareness of MIOSHA’s protection initiatives for mechanical service practices, while strengthening education, outreach and training to protect more plumbers, pipefitters and HVAC service technicians. Some of the alliance activities will include encouraging MCA Detroit members to utilize free MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training services to survey potential hazards and jointly developing a training that addresses commonly encountered hazards.
“MIOHSA is grateful to the Mechanical Contractors Association of Detroit for partnering with us to help amplify outreach and education efforts and reach more Michigan workers,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “This alliance is a testament to MCA Detroit’s dedication to workplace safety and we look forward to working together to keep Michigan’s hardworking mechanical contractors healthy and safe.”
With plumbers and pipefitters landing on the state’s latest Hot 50 Job Outlook, showing demand for projected annual job openings, growth and high-wages, MCA Detroit is committed to doing what it takes to support and protect their critical workforce.
“MCA Detroit recognizes that the most important metric in our industry is safety,” said Chief Executive Officer Christopher Freeman. “Aligning our interests with MIOSHA shows our goal of ‘safety first’ is not just a maxim — we are taking action to ensure we are not only providing the safest workforce in Michigan, but also building a trusted environment for our high-demand, high-paying career field.”
Through the three-year written agreement, MCA Detroit partners will gain greater understanding of emphasis programs and occupational safety and health standards pertaining to the mechanical contracting industry, as well as the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act. The team will meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the alliance.
MIOSHA alliances enable organizations committed to workplace safety and health to collaborate with the agency to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. Alliances are open to all groups, including trade or professional associations, labor organizations, educational institutions and government agencies.
There are many benefits to participating in an alliance with MIOSHA, including leveraging resources and networks to maximize worker safety and health protection, exchanging information about best practices and building trusting, cooperative relationships.
Additional information about how to form an alliance with MIOSHA to promote safer, more healthful workplaces can be found at www.michigan.gov/alliance.
About MCA Detroit
The mission of MCA Detroit is to represent, promote and improve unionized, professional plumbing, service and mechanical contractor members by offering continuous services in the areas of education, labor relations and best of class business practices.