"Safety is of the utmost importance to the metalforming industry," said PMA president William E. Gaskin. "PMA and its East and West Michigan Districts look forward to working closely with MIOSHA through this alliance to provide Michigan metalformers with detailed information and easy access to training resources that will help protect employee safety and health."

Doug Kalinowski, director, MIOSHA Program, was among the principals on hand for the signing. "We are pleased to join with the Precision Metalforming Association and its East and West Michigan Districts to protect our working men and women in the metalforming industry," he said. "This alliance offers great opportunities to share best practices and help create safer and healthier workplaces throughout Michigan."

The key goals of the alliance include:

  • Working together to develop training resources and other materials to promote worker safety in the metalforming industry.
  • Reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic hazards and addressing press safety issues such as machine guarding and lockout/tagout to prevent injuries.
  • Improving communication and cooperation between district members and MIOSHA, resulting in improved program delivery.
  • Promoting the MIOSHA Training Institute and MIOSHA cooperative programs to district members.
  • Producing safer, better-trained distrid ct members, and the employees of their respective companies.

For more information, please call the Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division at (517) 322-1809.