On Thursday, August 15th, the three Michigan ASSP Chapters, West Michigan, Mid-Michigan, and the Greater Detroit Chapters renewed their joint Alliance with Michigan-OSHA. This third renewal of the ASSP/MI-OSHA Alliance will mark 10 years of working together to achieve the goals set forth in the Alliance. We were very happy to have Nella Davis-Ray, Director of MI-OSHA Consultation, Education and Training Division, join us for the signing.
As Alliance partners, the three ASSP Chapters work to increase the safety of Michigan’s workers. In part, this is done by raising awareness of MI-OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives across Michigan. ASSP Chapters share information with all ASSP members in the geographic areas supported by the three Michigan Chapters on OSHA’s National Emphasis Programs, MI-OSHA State Emphasis Programs, local and national Regulatory Agendas, and opportunities that exist for Michigan ASSP members to participate in the rulemaking process.
Further, Michigan ASSP Chapters will share and reinforce information on occupational safety and health laws and standards with Chapter Members, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers. Fun events, like “Take a Stand Day” and “Safe and Sound Week” are also championed with in ASSP.
While most of this happens via communication with members at Technical meetings and communication pieces sent by email or on social media, one of the most visible partnering events is when Chapters host Coffee-With-MI-OSHA events in locales throughout the state. These events, which are often at maximum registration in just a matter of days, give Safety Professionals and other business leaders in our communities, including prospective and current ASSP members, a chance to hear about upcoming events, initiatives, training opportunities, and MI-OSHA goals. These events also give attendees opportunities to ask questions and meet with various MI-OSHA staff in an informal, social and positive way. Often, MI-OSHA consultants, trainers, enforcement officers, radiation safety specialists, industrial hygienists, and other MI-OSHA staff are in attendance to answer questions and build both rapport and relationships with attendees. The feedback from attendees at these events is always very positive.
Additionally, MIOSHA collaborates and supports our three Michigan ASSP Chapters by providing notification of upcoming ASSP Chapter meetings and events to everyone who signs up for MI-OSHA emails and newsletters, and they will regularly provide key speakers and assist with topics for ASSP technical meetings and PDCs upon request.
We penned this third iteration of the Michigan ASSP Chapters’ Alliance with MI-OSHA during the Regional Operations Committee meeting of 21 Region 7 Chapters. It was a great way to champion our efforts to engage with our state OSHA office in a positive and forward-thinking way. There were a lot of questions from Region 7 attendees on how they could work to do the same in their Chapter areas. The West Michigan, Mid-Michigan, and Greater Detroit Chapters were honored and proud to sign our third alliance, and to sign it with our tremendous group of Region 7 leaders there to cheer us on.