Bluewater Thermal Solutions located in Coldwater Michigan, received the CET Bronze Award for an outstanding safety and health record from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
“We are honored to present this award to Bluewater Thermal Solutions. Thermal processing can have significant workplace hazards, and we are pleased to recognize Bluewater’s efforts to protect its workers,” said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder. “Their dedication sends the message to Michigan employers that focusing on safety up front is a sound business decision.”
The MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division recognizes the safety and health achievements of Michigan employers and employees through CET Awards, which are based on excellent safety and health performance. The CET Bronze Award recognizes companies that reduced the injury rate by 50 percent or more in the last three years.
Bluewater has completed the following criteria to receive the Bronze Award:
- Reduced injury/illness incident rate by more than 50 percent within the last three calendar years
- Developed and implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system
- Established a safety and health committee, with both employee and management participation
- Developed an employee training system, with an emphasis on how to do the work in a safe and healthful manner
- Worked diligently to change their workplace culture to reflect the importance of worker safety
The facility has worked with the MIOSHA CET Division for several years. CET Senior Safety Consultant Eric Zaban performed a hazard survey on site, which is a part of the award process. This survey allowed them an opportunity to walk through the facility with a MIOSHA representative and correct any problem areas that were noted.
“Companies that establish an integrated safety and health program reap the benefits of significantly reducing their injury and illness rates,” said Yoder. “Reducing these rates not only protects employees – it has a healthy impact on a company’s bottom line.”