Happy Independence Day!
GLSTC's Next Safety for the Kids
Golf Outing will be in 2021!

Out of an abundance of caution, GLSTC has made the extremely difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Safety for the Kids Golf Outing until August of 2021. As the recent flood and COVID-19 continue to impact our region, GLSTC wants to be sensitive to the needs of our members and customers. Due to the past generosity of you, our Members, including at our Annual Meeting in March 2020, we will be able to fully fund our Safety for the Kids Outreach for the upcoming year. We would not be in this position without you! Please accept our sincerest thank you for all you do for GLSTC, and more importantly, all you do for the communities we live, work and play in.   We appreciate you!
Working Safe in Outdoor and Indoor Heat Environments!

Millions of U.S. workers are exposed to heat in their workplaces. Although illness from exposure to heat is preventable, every year, thousands become sick from occupational heat exposure, and some cases are fatal.

Occupational risk factors for heat illness include heavy physical activity, warm or hot environmental conditions, lack of acclimatization, and wearing clothing that holds in body heat. When these (or other) heat hazards are present, employers should plan ahead and create a written plan to protect workers and prevent heat-related illnesses.

Heat Illness Prevention Plan
Important elements to consider when creating the heat plan are:
  • Who will provide oversight on a daily basis?
  • How will workers gradually develop heat tolerance?
  • New or temporary workers may be more susceptible to heat and require closer supervision.
  • How will the employer ensure that first aid is adequate and the protocol for summoning medical assistance in situations beyond first aid is effective?
  • What engineering controls and work practices will be used to reduce heat stress?
  • How will heat stress be measured?
  • How to respond when the National Weather Service issues a heat advisory or heat warning?
  • How will we determine if the total heat stress is hazardous?
  • What training will be provided to workers and supervisors?

Day-to-Day Supervision
Heat conditions can change rapidly and management commitment to adjusting heat stress controls is critical to prevent heat illness. An individual at the worksite should be responsible for monitoring conditions and implementing the employer's heat plan throughout the workday. This individual can be a foreman, supervisor, plant manager, safety director, or anyone else with the  proper training .
Proper training includes knowing how to:
  • identify and control heat hazards;
  • recognize early symptoms of heat stress;
  • administer first aid for heat-related illnesses; and
  • activate emergency medical services quickly when needed.
Ideally, the individual who is responsible for the heat plan should be on-site, where the workers are. On-site monitoring allows accurate determination of heat stress. In some industries with a widely distributed workforce, such as mail and package delivery, on-site monitoring might not be feasible. In those cases, the responsible individual at the site should be fully trained on the means and methods to contact and report to the employer any adverse heat related conditions that may develop.
GLSTC Member Give-Back Credit!

Membership definitely has it benefits! GLSTC launched a Member Give-Back program on May 1st, and we are pleased to announce that GLSTC Members received credits on their accounts totaling over $10,000 for training taken by their employees in May! That’s right – they received 25% of their tuition dollars back as a credit on their account for site-specific training. Due to the additional stress created by COVID-19, we wanted to find a way to help and thank our members at the same time. We greatly appreciate your business and support, and we hope this helps your business during these trying times. This program will run through December 31, 2020.

Not a member? Complete and submit this application to start taking advantage of this, and the many other benefits of GLSTC membership.

A Great Way To Invest More Into Your Safety Career!

Students who have seen the difference training can make firsthand through participation in the Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) program can take the next logical step in their careers with the Certificate for Occupational Safety Managers (COSM) designation. COSM is an advanced, executive-level safety program consisting of 40 hours of specialized training.

Outline of Session Topics:
  • Essentials of Safety Management
  • Strategic Planning & Evaluating for Safety Success
  • Managing Risk & Safety Finances
  • Communicating the Safety Message
  • Injury Management, Incentives & Discipline 

Class Dates: September 14 - 18, 2020.

Member Pricing: $1999* 
Non-Member Pricing: $2599*
*Prepayment is required.
Click here for a course flyer.

Unfortunately, cases of COVID-19 are back on the increase. With this in mind, we’d like to share these guidelines:

  • A mask is required to enter our building, as we are considered an “indoor public space.” Please wear it at all times except when in the classroom, where 6 feet of social distancing can be properly maintained.
  • All staff and visitors are advised to stay home if you are with possible COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Stay home if a family members shows COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer that has been made available throughout our building.
  • Maintain six feet of social distancing.

GLSTC cares about the health of our team, our students, and other visitors! We have done the following with all of you in mind:

  • Increased our cleaning and sanitation schedules.
  • Made personal bottles of hand sanitizer available to our guests.
  • Installed a plexiglass barrier at the front desk.
  • Class sizes are limited to allow for six feet of social distancing in the classroom.
  • For “contact-less” background processing, please fax or email all forms to us.
  • Placed commercial grade air purifiers in each classroom and the lobby.
  • Purchased an air scrubber that runs nightly in the lower level.

Thank you for trusting us with all of your safety needs!

 Michigan Moves To Phase 4
Of The MI Safe Start Plan!
Please visit  Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety for a one-stop-shop for workplace safety resources as businesses reopen.

MIOSHA has launched a new online COVID-19 Workplace Safety Resources website, which provides guidance and a toolkit of resources to keep workplaces safe as sectors of the state's economy reopen.  This site includes MIOSHA issued guidelines, posters for employees and customers, fact sheets, videos and a  reopening checklist.
We Congratulate Our
2020 Scholarship Recipients!
Great Lakes Safety would like to congratulate the recipients on a job well done. We look forward to the future of the safety industry due to individuals like these.

2020 GLSTC Scholarship Recipients
Bay Area Community Foundation recipient - Courtney Gray
Midland Community Foundation recipient - Marc Snooks
Saginaw Community Foundation recipient - Mackenzie Miller

Upcoming Specialty Classes
Leadership Institute
July 6 - 7, 2020 (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

American Red Cross Adult CPR/First Aid/AED
July 9, 2020 (8:00 AM - 1:30 PM)

Competent Person Fall Protection
July 9 - 10, 2020 (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

Confined Space Entry
July 13, 2020 (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

Confined Space Rescue
July 14, 2020 (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

Fall Protection Authorized User
July 21, 2020 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

* OSHA 501 Construction
July 21-24, 2020 (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

* OSHA 510 Construction
August 4-7, 2020 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

MIOSHA - Job Safety Analysis Made Easy
August 4, 2020 (8:30 AM - 1:00 PM)

* Please contact Beth Stoner at 734.487.8285 or  estoner@emich.edu  for
* OSHA Training registrations or information.