MIOSHA Invites Employers to "Take a Stand" for Safety and Health

Contact: Melanie Brown 517-373-9280

August 12, 2013 - Across the state on Wednesday, August 14th, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is inviting employers to "Take a Stand" for workplace safety and health.

On this ninth annual "Take a Stand Day" MIOSHA is dedicating more than 125 professional staff to visit Michigan high-hazard industries targeted by the MIOSHA Strategic Plan.  The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

MIOSHA safety and health professionals - including compliance staff, outreach consultants, managers, and supervisors - have been scheduled on "Take a Stand Day" to provide one-on-one consultations.  There will be no CITATIONS or FINES for participating workplaces.  However, participants must agree to correct all serious conditions.

"We are pleased to offer workplaces across the state the opportunity to partner with MIOSHA - without fear of fines or penalties - to improve the health and safety of their work environment," said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder.  "We invite all Michigan employers to ‘Take a Stand' on August 14th and make worker safety and health a top priority. 

During the consultation visit, MIOSHA staff will work cooperatively with the companies to recognize hazardous conditions and to effectively address safety and health issues.  MIOSHA staff will focus on areas of direct concern to the employers, including:

  • Explain the application of specific MIOSHA rules;
  • Conduct a safety and health hazard survey;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of a safety and health system; and
  • Provide other requested technical assistance.

"Having an effective safety and health management system can significantly reduce workplace injuries and illnesses," said Yoder.  "An effective system to protect worker safety and health is not a drain on business profits - it is an important part of being successful in today's global economy."

Although most professional staff is participating in this campaign, MIOSHA will address emergency situations if the need arises.  To schedule a MIOSHA professional on "Take a Stand Day," please contact the Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division at 517-322-1809, or visit our website at www.michigan.gov/miosha.
 

Media is invited to attend a “Take a Stand” event at a project site on the Michigan State University campus at 11:30 a.m. The construction project is being managed by The Christman Company.

DATE / TIME:  Wednesday, August 14 at 11:30 AM

ATTENDING:  State of Michigan, Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs leadership:

                         Chief Deputy Mike Zimmer and Deputy Director Stephanie Comai

                         MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder

WHAT:  Members of LARA and MIOSHA executive teams will be present to answer any questions regarding this event.

LOCATION:  The Landon Hall renovation site at Michigan State University, West Circle Drive, East Lansing. Limited parking will be available adjacent to the site on a first-come, first-served basis, or in the nearby campus ramp.

 

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