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MICHIGAN OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration strives to work collaboratively with employers and employees to better prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities and to protect earned wages and fringe benefits. MIOSHA health and safety activities include: setting and enforcing occupational safety and health standards; providing extensive safety and health training and education; and working with partners to develop innovative programs to prevent workplace hazards. MIOSHA Wage & Hour activities focus on administration of three laws which protect the wages and fringe benefits of Michigan's workers. All agency activities focus on meeting the MIOSHA mission to help protect the safety, health, earned wages and fringe benefits of Michigan workers.
Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP)
The Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) assists employers and employees by providing a mechanism and a set of criteria designed to evaluate and recognize outstanding safety and health management systems. The program is designed to establish a cooperative relationship between management, labor, and MIOSHA. MVPP participants implement safety and health management systems that provide protections beyond what is required by MIOSHA standards.
Michigan Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (MSHARP)
MSHARP is a cooperative program between business and government that recognizes Michigan employers and employees committed to creating a workplace culture that makes safety their top priority. MSHARP provides an incentive to employers to emphasize accident and illness prevention by anticipating problems, not reacting to them.
The Onsite Consultation Program within the Consultation Education & Training (CET) Division operates MSHARP. Onsite consultants will help employers identify the strengths and weaknesses of their occupational safety and health management system. Employers electing to pursue MSHARP must be committed to developing a safety and health management system that involves employees in significant ways.
Many people are familiar with another MIOSHA recognition program called the Michigan Voluntary Protection Programs (MVPP). Only the best-of-the-best can qualify for the MVPP Star award. The newly developed MSHARP guidelines are similar to MVPP, but the goals are more achievable for companies with moderately effective safety and health programs. This new program can be used as a bridge for companies to transform their effective safety and health programs into exemplary programs and may be viewed as a stepping-stone for entry into the MVPP.
MIOSHA Alliance Program
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is interested in establishing alliances with organizations, employers, or employees committed to workplace safety and health. An alliance is a written agreement formalizing the opportunity for organizations and the agency to work together to reach out, to educate, and lead the state’s employers and their employees in improving and advancing workplace safety and health. Alliances may be submitted to work with a specific MIOSHA Division such as Consultation Education and Training, General Industry Safety and Health, or Construction Safety and Health.
MIOSHA Partnerships for Worker Safety and Health are programs in which the agency enters into cooperative relationships with an individual employer, employees, and/or their representatives. Partnerships can also be developed with a group of employers, employees and/or their representatives in order to encourage, assist, and recognize their voluntary efforts to focus on and eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high level of safety and health. In addition to the employer(s) and their employees/representatives, a partnership may also include other stakeholders as appropriate. MIOSHA partnerships are characterized by core elements that may not be present in other MIOSHA activities. The goal of all partnerships is a significant and measurable reduction in workplace deaths, injuries, and illnesses.
MIOSHA Challenge Program
The MIOSHA Consultation Education & Training (CET) Division is offering a challenge to high-hazard industries. The MCP offers employers an opportunity to develop an effective safety and health management system while being granted a 6-month deferral from a MIOSHA programmed inspection. The deferral allows the employer time to:
- Learn about the elements of a safety and health management system
- Identify strengths and weaknesses of their existing program
- Review accident trends and cost estimates
- Identify compliance solutions for potential hazards
- Receive safety and health training
It makes good business sense to develop a safety and health system. We know that the direct cost of work place accidents are nearly $40 billion each year and business and industry are paying a staggering $230 billion annually on workers’ compensation losses. Michigan companies are beginning to experience lower workers’ compensation rates, in part due to the implementation of safety and health systems, and see the benefits of protecting workers positively affecting their bottom line.