May 2018
In This Issue

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. With warmer weather, it's time to remind everyone to be on the alert and to share the road with motorcyclists.

Riders who have been cooped up all winter are excited to be out on the road again, but that shouldn't stop them from using caution.
Both motorcyclists and motorists need to be aware of their surroundings. Checking blind spots, mirrors and using turn signals are necessary when changing lanes and when passing.

Distracted driving has been on the rise, too. Distractions during driving could mean the difference between seeing a motorcyclist or not when preparing to change lanes.  Don't let one text change anyone's life forever!

Riders need to take precautions as well. Take a defensive driving course, wear protective gear and keep your bike in its best working condition. Also, be aware of any road hazards and dangerous weather conditions.

Most of all, enjoy your ride and make it home again!


Pictured from left to right:  Jill Dougherty-GLSTC, Bart Pickelman-MIOSHA, Kelly Juday-GLSTC and Melody DeBolt-GLSTC.

On April 18, 2018, The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and the Great Lakes Safety Training Center (GLSTC)  signed an alliance agreement formalizing a mutual commitment to workplace safety and health. MIOSHA is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

"We're pleased to sign this alliance that brings together our organizations to expand education, outreach and information sharing throughout the state," said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. "This alliance offers great opportunities to provide needed training to help create safer worksites throughout Michigan."

The purpose of this alliance is to increase and promote on-the-job safety and health to GLSTC membership through enhanced communication between GLSTC members and MIOSHA for the benefit of a safer workforce. Training goals set for the alliance focus on reducing and preventing exposure to occupational hazards by addressing "focus four" construction hazards: fall hazards, electrical hazards, struck by hazards, and caught between/crushed by hazards. 
"Great Lakes Safety Training Center is proud to partner and form an alliance with MIOSHA," said Kelly Juday. "Since we share similar safety goals, our combined efforts are a great opportunity to provide unique training resources leading to safer and healthier workplaces throughout Michigan. GLSTC looks forward to this alliance for many years to come."
GOLF Save the Date for GLSTC's Golf Outing 
Where: Bucks Run, Mt. Pleasant, MI
When:  August 22, 2018
Pictured from left to right:  Gordon Anderson-Great Lakes Castings, Jason Jardno-Bierlein, Kenneth Emry-Bierlein, Derek Huovinen-Falcon Road Maintenance Equipment, Steven Kitchen-Case Systems Inc., Chris Cox-Falcon Road Maintenance Equipment, William Moody-Newkirk Electric Associates Inc., Brian Premo-Newmark Knight Frank, Cameron Newkirk-Pumford Construction, Charles Varnes-Falcon Road Maintenance Equipment, Eric Harris-AECOM, Jon Stanley-Mid South Central Extrusion Die, Larry Walsh-Thumb Tool and Engineering, and  Marc White-Instructor.  

Great Lakes Safety would like to congratulate the April 2018 graduates on their completion of the Certified Occupational Safety Specialist program.

Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) training 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 October 29th - November 2nd. If you are interested in COSS training for yourself or one of your employees, click here for more information or email to sign up. 

Members Welcome to GLSTC's Newest Members!


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May 9 - 10, 2018
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May 10, 2018
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May 24, 2018
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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June 5, 2018
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