The Michigan Green Industry Association (MGIA) and Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) recently formed an alliance to provide MGIA members and others with information, guidance and access to training to reduce and prevent exposure to workplace hazards. The MIOSHA program is a part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
The new alliance, which is effective for three years, formalizes a working relationship between the MGIA and MIOSHA in which both parties work to raise awareness of MIOSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement image1.JPGinitiatives, provide training and education, and enhance communication and outreach related to worker protection.
“MIOSHA is thrilled to have the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Michigan Green Industry Association – an organization that clearly recognizes the importance of advancing workplace safety and health for Michigan’s working men and women,” said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder.
Key goals of the alliance include:
Sharing information on OSHA and MIOSHA’s emphasis programs, regulatory agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
Sharing information on occupational safety and health laws and standards.
Participating in forums, roundtable discussions or meetings to help forge innovative workplace safety solutions.
Encouraging worker participation in workplace safety and health.
Developing effective training and education programs.
Developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and enhancing communication of this information.
“We are proud to sign this alliance agreement with MIOSHA,” said Diane Banks, Executive Director of the Michigan Green Industry Association. “This proactive partnership between labor, the green industry and government can save lives by ensuring workplace safety.”
MIOSHA alliances enable organizations committed to workplace safety and health to collaborate with MIOSHA to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. Alliances are open to all groups, including trade or professional associations, businesses, labor organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies.
There are many benefits to participating in an alliance with MIOSHA, including:
Building trusting, cooperative relationships.
Networking with others committed to workplace safety and health.
Exchanging information about best practices.
Leveraging resources to maximize worker safety and health protection.
The Michigan Green Industry Association (MGIA) is a statewide professional trade association serving the green industry for over 50 years. MGIA promotes education and certification to its members and has set high standards of professionalism and business integrity for Michigan’s green industry contractors. MGIA provides more than 800 members with the latest information on new methods, treatments and technologies that help the landscape thrive. To learn more about the MGIA, visit http://www.landscape.org/index.cfm.