MIOSHA grants award to Humanetics for exemplary safety and health commitment to employees

Farmington Hills, MI, USA November 3, 2021
Media Contact: Tanya Baker, 517-284-5601

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) today presented its Consultation, Education and Training (CET) Silver Award for maintaining an exemplary safety and health record with no lost time accidents, while demonstrating a strong commitment to a culture of safety over the past year to The Humanetics Group facility in Farmington Hills, MI. Humanetics is best known around the world as the pioneer of the iconic crash test dummies.

"MIOSHA is thrilled to recognize Humanetics' Farmington Hills facility for their exceptional safety and health performance," said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. "This award honors their well-developed safety and health system and dedication to protecting all employees."  

The MIOSHA 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 Silver Award recognizes an outstanding safety record of one year without a lost time accident. 

Safety Award

"Our mission is to save lives and protect people in critical environments, so the safety and wellbeing of our employees in in our own facilities has always been a cornerstone of our operations," said President and CEO of Humanetics, Christopher O'Connor. "To have been without an incident for over 500 days is a great credit to our employees. We are delighted to accept the award and are very proud of the commitment and focus of our employees that has been recognized by MIOSHA. This is an award for their hard work. Next year we look forward to our opportunity to earn a gold award!" 

The CET Silver Award criteria includes: 

  • Developing and implementing a comprehensive Safety and Health Management System (SHMS) - MIOSHA staff consult with silver awardees and evaluate their SHMS to ensure that key elements are implemented;  
  • Establishing a safety and health committee, with both employee and management participation; 
  • Developing an employee training system, with an emphasis on how to do the work in a safe and healthful manner; and 
  • Working diligently to change the workplace culture to reflect the importance of worker safety. 

MIOSHA Senior Industrial Hygienist Kristin Osterkamp worked closely with Humanetics for the past three years, providing consultations, conducting exposure monitoring and hazard surveys at the facility, and giving the employer the opportunity to work collaboratively with MIOSHA to correct problem areas. Humanetics has utilized both MIOSHA CET safety and health consultation services at their Farmington Hills location since 2018. 

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About The Humanetics Group 

The Humanetics Group is a leading provider of crash test systems, computer-aided engineering simulation models, precision sensors and cutting-edge photonic solutions through its subsidiaries Humanetics, HITEC Sensors, Fibercore and OpTek Systems. The group has over 850 employees across 24 facilities strategically located around the world with the global corporate headquarters located in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA. Although each company operates as a separate entity, they leverage synergies in their relationships, engineering capabilities, research and business systems to support the group as a whole. The Humanetics Group drives the innovations that protect human potential.