February 2021

Michigan’s COVID-19 Workplace Safety Ambassador Program Expands to Cover Child Care Centers

Successful collaboration between the State of Michigan and NSF International aims to help businesses minimize COVID-19 risks for employees and customers.
Mother holding daughter while both are wearing masks

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) added child care centers to the list of business types eligible to participate in the state’s COVID-19 Workplace Safety Ambassador program. Until now, only restaurants, retail shops and fitness centers were eligible to participate. These businesses are considered to have a heightened risk of community transmission.

As part of the MIOSHA Ambassador program, NSF ambassadors work with Michigan businesses to help them understand and follow the appropriate workplace safety regulations. They offer free education and one-on-one support to help businesses apply safety requirements to their individual situations.

NSF expects to conduct more than 5,000 Ambassador visits in the next few months. Employers and business owners can sign up now for an Ambassador visit.

“With the Ambassador program, MIOSHA is taking an innovative approach to a critical need among Michigan businesses and now child care centers,” said Paul Medeiros, Managing Director of Consulting and Technical Services for NSF’s North American operations. “We’ve found businesses around the world are drowning in COVID-19 guidelines, but what they really need is help operationalizing those guidelines and applying them to their specific locations.”

The MIOSHA Ambassador program is an example of NSF’s collaborative public health services for states, provinces and municipalities.