August 13, 2014: MIOSHA Take a Stand Day

WHEREAS, The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) was established in 1975 to provide Michigan’s working men and women with a safe and healthy work environment and is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs; and,

WHEREAS, MIOSHA safety and health officers and consultation staff visit more than 10,000 Michigan workplaces each year to save lives, to prevent injuries and illnesses, and to protect the safety and health of our workers; and,

WHEREAS, Those enforcement and outreach efforts benefit more than 280,000 workers each year; and,

WHEREAS, Protecting workers is not a burdensome cost of doing business and employers with a strong safety and health management system report not only reductions in injuries and illnesses, but also very positive bottom line benefits: lower workers’ compensation costs, increased productivity, increased employee morale, lower absenteeism, and lower employee turnover; and,

WHEREAS, During “Take a Stand Day,” employers throughout Michigan are urged to spend the day on special activities to improve their work environment through: Management Commitment and Leadership; Employee Involvement and Participation; Worksite Analysis and Hazard Prevention; Safety and Health Training; and Stand Down for Safety and Health;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim August 13, 2014, as MIOSHA Take a Stand Day in Michigan.