The East and West Michigan Districts of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), a trade association representing the metalforming industry, renewed its formal alliance with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) today to help protect Michigan workers. The MIOSHA program is a part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
Forming its first MIOSHA alliance in 2009, this is the PMA’s second alliance renewal to raise awareness of MIOSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, provide training and education, and enhance communication and outreach related to worker protection, particularly within the metalforming industry.
“This collaborative relationship has been instrumental to protecting Michigan’s metalforming workers, and MIOSHA looks forward to continuing the alliance to share information and best practices that will further foster workplace safety,” 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.
“Safety is of critical importance to the metalforming industry,” said PMA President William E. Gaskin. “Our local Michigan districts are pleased to continue working together with MIOSHA to provide Michigan metalformers with the information they need to help protect employee safety and health.”
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 PMA is a full-service trade association representing the metalforming industry of North America – the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes. Its nearly 900 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry. More information is available on its website, www.pma.org.