Michigan ASSE Chapters Sign Alliance With State OSHA
|November 30, 2012 - The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Greater Detroit Chapter, Lansing Chapter, and West Michigan Chapter, and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) renewed their formal alliance today to continue to provide their collected occupational safety, health and environmental expertise and knowledge in all industries to help protect the safety and health of Michigan workers. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).”We are pleased to reaffirm our commitment with ASSE’s three Michigan Chapters to protect the safety and health of o
ur working men and women,” said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder. “This alliance has fostered a collaborative relationship to share best practices and help create safer and healthier workplaces throughout Michigan.”
The Alliance builds upon the working relationship between MIOSHA and the ASSE chapters to develop and disseminate information that helps protect the safety and health of Michigan workers through outreach and communication, as well as influence employers and management to ensure that safety is viewed as a priority in the workplace.
“Our ASSE members work around the clock to make sure that those who go to their job each day or night leave work injury and illness free to return home safely to their families,” said ASSE Greater Detroit Chapter President Becca Drzewiecki, MS, ARM. “When you have safe and healthy employees, not only does company morale stay positive, but so too does production, as well as a company’s positive reputation while health care and workers compensation costs often decline. Safety is a winning proposition.”
Signing the alliance were: ASSE Greater Detroit Chapter President Rebecca Drzewiecki, ASSE Lansing Chapter President Joel Hoffman, ASSE West Michigan Chapter President Jamie Bauer, MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder, MIOSHA Deputy Director Bart Pickelman, and Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division Safety and Health Manager Sherry Scott.
Alliances enable organizations committed to workplace safety and health to collaborate with MIOSHA to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. The key goals of this alliance include:
Enhance communication and cooperation between Chapter members and MIOSHA resulting in improved program delivery and understanding.
“The MIOSHA program is dedicated to working with employers, both public and private sector – to find innovative ways to enhance workplace safety and health,” said Yoder. “Through alliances, MIOSHA can offer employers a voluntary, cooperative relationship to eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high level of safety and health.”
The ASSE Michigan chapters have more than 700 occupational safety, health and environmental members who work day in and day out identifying hazards and implementing safety advances in all industries and at all workplaces, thereby reducing workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses across the state.
Chartered in 1955, the Greater Detroit Chapter (http://greaterdetroit.asse.org/index.php) has actively supported the ASSE mission of protecting people, property and environment. It is the recipient of several top ASSE global awards and provides leadership and safety conferences as well as providing ongoing educational programs for its members and communities statewide. Its large student chapter is located at Oakland University.
The ASSE Lansing Chapter (http://www.asselansing.org) was chartered in 1947 and covers a wide territory in Michigan. The chapter holds technical meetings throughout the year, which are open to anyone who is interested in improving the safety of their workplace. They also plan and implement community programs aimed at enhancing and increasing awareness of workplace safety.
The ASSE West Michigan Chapter was organized in July 1952 and became a charter member in October 1953. Throughout their nearly 60 years, they have seen many changes in personnel, local strategies and goals. However, the overall vision and desire to decrease injuries, improve worksite conditions, preserve and protect property in the communities they live in has remained a steadfast commitment to the members of this chapter.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest global professional safety society. Its more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professional members are committed to protecting people, property and the environment. For more information go to www.asse.org.
There are many benefits to participating in an alliance with MIOSHA. Through this program, organizations will:
Build trusting, cooperative relationships;
For more information about forming an alliance or partnership with MIOSHA, please check our website at www.michigan.gov/miosha or contact the Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division at 517.322.1809.
Agency: Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration