February 2020
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If you haven't registered yet, now is the time!  Please join GLSTC on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, from 5:15 pm - 8 pm for our Annual Safety Celebration Meeting!  You don't want to miss our keynote speaker,  Jason Gardner from Echelon Front.  Mr. Gardner's  mission is to educate, train, mentor, and inspire leaders and organizations to achieve total victory.  Echelon Front offers unmatched solutions in leadership, strategy, innovation, management, team building, contingency planning, and crisis management.  Developed and proven in the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams.
Net proceeds from GLSTC's Annual Meeting will help support the Safety for Kids Program.  This program funds scholarships for students pursuing a trade or degree with an emphasis on safety.  It also helps provide safety training and gear for the high school building trade programs within the Great Lakes Bay Region.
You may click here to view event flyer.  Click here to RSVP.
Registration deadline is February 25, 2020.

Mental Health Awareness Trainings

Did you know the suicide rate in construction is 53.2/100,000? That is 4 times greater than the national average and 5 times greater than that of all other construction fatalities combined, according to the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

GLSTC is partnering with Barb Smith, Executive Director of Suicide Resource & Response Network, to offer two different mental health trainings:

Suicide Awareness: A Training for the Workplace

Attendees will learn how to:
  • Recognize someone who may have thoughts of suicide
  • Hold a safe and effective conversation with a person having thoughts of suicide
  • Connect a person with thoughts to the appropriate resource
When:   February 19, 2020,  9 am - 10:30 am
Cost: FREE
Safe TALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone

Participants will learn to:
  • Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present
  • Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
  • Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
  • Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe
  • Know community resources
When: February 19, 2020, 12:30 pm - 4 pm or
            March 25, 2020, 8 am - 11:30 am
Cost: $25.00 per person
To register, call GLSTC at (989) 837-2332 or email  enrollment@glstc.org.


Through our "Safety for the Kids" program we are able to provide scholarships to students pursuing a certification or degree in the trades, manufacturing or construction with an emphasis on safety within the Great Lakes Bay region. 
We have partnered with community foundations in the Great Lakes Bay Region to offer scholarships. We will award three $1,500 scholarships on an annual basis to eligible students, one from each of the Midland, Bay and Saginaw Community Foundations.
The "Safety for the Kids" program is funded through generous donations from our members and businesses.  This program also allows us to provide safety training and safety gear to local schools as well as our scholarship program.
Pictured, Back Row: Jay Young-Central Asphalt, Inc., Kip Humpert-Wendling Sheet Metal, Inc., Jacob Chasnis-John E. Green, Craig Dark-Xalt, Michael Krause-Xalt, Jacob Purcilly-MidMichigan Health.  Middle Row:  Marc White-GLSTC Instructor, Frank Cortinas-Superior Safety Services, Aaron Buffman-Xalt, Thomas Dunlag-Xalt, Michael Pagel-Xalt, Scott Cronkright-Fisher Contracting, Adam Werner-ARC American.  Front Row:  Taylor McDougall-GLSTC, Alisha Bock-NuSystems, LLC, MaryJo Beal-MidMichigan Health, and Walter Nelson.
Great Lakes Safety would like to congratulate the January 2020 graduates on their completion of the Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) program.
The COSS program focuses on empowering employees to recognize, identify, and avoid hazards while on the job site. The course consists of 40 hours of hands-on, face-to-face learning, delivered by an OSHA 500/501 Authorized Outreach Training Provider. 

The next scheduled COSS class will be held May 18 - 22, 2020. If you are interested in COSS training for yourself or one of your employees, click here for more information or email mdebolt@glstc.org to sign up. 

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, and more than 1,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrests each day. Sadly, only 10% of those individuals will survive if the incident occurs outside of a hospital, but the use of CPR and a defibrillator can raise the survival rate to 38%. February is American Heart Month, the perfect time to learn the facts and take control of your organization's health.

Get the Facts
Heart disease can happen to anyone at any time. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease includes a variety of problems. Most are related to atherosclerosis caused by plaque build-up in the arteries. Clogged arteries restrict blood flow, have the potential to create blood clots and, if untreated, can lead to a heart attack or stroke.  

Nearly 50% of Americans have one of the top three risk factors for developing heart disease. That means, half of your workforce could have one of these risk factors as well:
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Current or previous smoking
Other conditions to be aware of include obesity, diabetes, physical inactivity and unhealthy eating patterns.

Adopt Healthy Lifestyles
Together, you and your employees can hold each other accountable to lead healthier lives. Select healthy foods and snacks for the workplace. Remember to keep a healthy weight and get physical activity. It could be as simple as going for a walk on your lunch break. And, of course, no one should be smoking. Workshops, challenges and other support can be effective in helping employees have healthy hearts.
Are you prepared and certified in CPR? If not,   click here!

For information on AED's contact Jill Dougherty now!

~ Fastenal
~ Greater Michigan Construction Academy
~ Walter Nelson

Classes Upcoming Specialty Classes
OSHA 502 Construction
February 11-13, 2020 (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

FREE LOTO For Managers
February 12, 2020 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
March 18, 2020 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

FREE LOTO Awareness
February 12, 2020 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
March 18, 2020 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)

* FREE OSHA Protection From Crystalline Silica
February 14, 2020 (8:00 AM -5:00 PM)

Hazwoper 40 Hour 
February 17-21, 2020 (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

Fall Protection Authorized User
February 18, 2020 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
March 17, 2020 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

FREE Suicide Awareness Training
February 19, 2020 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)

SafeTalk Suicide Alertness For Everyone
February 19, 2020 (12:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
March 25, 2020 (8:00 AM - 11:30 AM)

Leadership At All Levels
February 20, 2020 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Hazwoper 8 Hr Refresher
February 26, 2020 (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

Aerial Lift
March 5, 2020 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
March 5, 2020 (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

* OSHA 500 Construction
March 10-13, 2020  (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

American Red Cross Adult CPR/First Aid/AED
March 12, 2020 (8:00 AM - 1:30 PM)

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

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