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State Recognizes MIOSHA Training Institute Graduates at the Michigan Safety Conference

May 1, 2014 – On April 16, 2014, Director Martha Yoder and Deputy Director Bart Pickelman of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) along with Macomb Community College recognized 39 graduates of the MIOSHA Training Institute (MTI) at the 84th annual Michigan Safety Conference in Lansing. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

“The MTI offers participants the necessary knowledge and hands-on training for safety and health solutions and has quickly become the premier provider of high-quality workplace safety and health training,” said Pickelman. “Providing a safe and healthy work environment is the right thing to do and it’s a sound business decision. For every $1 invested in workplace safety and health, employers see a return of $4 to $6 dollars. That makes MTI training an excellent investment for Michigan employers.”

MIOSHA and Macomb Community College established a formal alliance on September 26, 2005. The Alliance included ways to develop new opportunities to help protect the safety and health of Michigan workers and to establish the MTI to offer employers a high level of safety and health training. The MTI continues to grow. There were 917 participants trained in April 2008 to almost 17,000 participants trained in 2013. In Fiscal Year 2013 the MTI offered 182 courses statewide at 30 cosponsored locations. There have been 707 MTI students that have qualified for Level One certificates and 133 have qualified for Level Two certificates. Seventeen students have also received an Occupational Health certificate. Of the 857 certificates awarded, between 7 and 10% are dual or triple certificates.

Merrill Technologies Group had a graduate who participated in the ceremony at the conference:

Jesse Willoughby of Alma

The MTI delivers participant-driven and informative seminars based on the most up-to-date industry standards in a hands-on, interactive environment. Students attend a series of courses that will help them develop the knowledge and skills to improve their company’s safety and health system. MTI classes are taught entirely by MIOSHA CET consultants.

For more information about MIOSHA, please visit www.michigan.gov/miosha