Region 6 - Alliance Annual Report - February 18, 2011

February 18, 2011

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed.

    December 19, 2008

    Alliance Overview

    The Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is a non-profit organization that was founded in September 1957. The current membership is comprised of over 300 safety professionals who represent employers from various industries such as construction, refinery, chemical, and governmental agencies.

    OSHA and Greater Baton Rouge Chapter ASSE set out to form an Alliance in order to provide Chapter members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help foster employee health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure including, but not limited to: fall hazards, trenching/excavations, combustible dusts, and struck-by hazards.

  2. Implementation Team Members.

    Karen Saurage, President Baton Rouge Chapter ASSE, 2009 – 2010

    Lance S. Roux, Delegate Baton Rouge Chapter ASSE, 2009 – 2010

    Alex Novas, OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist


    Chapter Baton Rouge ASSE Executive Board

    Evaluation Period

    December 19, 2009 - December 19, 2010

  3. Implementation Team Metings:

    The implementation team met three (3) times during the evaluation period to discuss the objectives and progress toward the goals set forth within the signed Alliance document. The implementation team also addressed attendees of the monthly general membership meetings that were held at various restaurants in the Greater Baton Rouge Area.

  4. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    1. Events

      The Chapter hosted an ASP/CSP certification workshop to benefit members as well as the general public.

    Outreach and Communication

    1. Events

      Continuous updates from local OSHA office including occasional appearances at monthly membership meetings to discuss latest regulatory impacts as applicable.

      The chapter holds monthly General Meetings include Guest Speakers who discussed topics concerning Health, Safety or Environmental issues and/or current events.

      The chapter officers and local OSHA representatives produce informative Emails, newsletters, and Safety Alerts that are distributed to Chapter Membership, Guests and Professional Colleagues.

      The Chapter continues to participate in the Adopt-a-School program where volunteers visit local high schools to discuss and promote workplace safety. In addition, PPE is donated to schools from the members of the general membership.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    1. Events

      Members of the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter ASSE Executive Board and General Membership continue to foster relationships and shared ideas through their involvement with other Professional Association Safety Committees including but not limited to: Associated Builders and Contractors Pelican Chapter, Safety Council of Louisiana, Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance, ANSI/ASSE Z-59 Fall Protection Standard Advisory Committee, Southeastern Louisiana University’s Occupational Safety & Health Curriculum Advisory Steering Committee, and the National Petroleum & Refining Association National Safety Committee.

      Joint Membership meetings were also held with the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the Bayou Chapter ASSE.

  5. Results

    The Greater Baton Rouge Chapter ASSE Members now have access to a greater of amount of educational information and have been exposed the continued efforts of OSHA to reach at-risk industries by sharing current events, safety alerts and best practices.

    Type of Activity: Membership Meeting



    2010 General Meetings Topics



    Emergency Response



    OSHA 300 Log Classification



    LA Highway and Safety Commission Distracted Driving Initiative



    Issues Surrounding the Aging Workforce



    Crane Safety



    Making the Connection Between Wellness and Employee Injury



    OSHA Update

    As with the previous year, the OSHA-BRAO Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) provided OSHA Update presentations and gave presentations at various member workplaces. At each month’s meeting, the CAS provided literature which included educational brochures, pamphlets and training materials. Topics provided but were not limited to: Concrete and Masonry Construction, Work Zone Safety Fact Sheets, Process Safety Management, and Scaffolding Safety.

  6. Upcoming Milestones

    The Baton Rouge area OSHA and the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter ASSE will continue to work together through the Alliance to provide employers, employees, OSHA staff and the public with information targeted at the individual worker. Specifically, the chapter will host a membership meeting where individual workers will be invited. The meeting topic will be on worker rights to a safe workplace.

    In addition, the Regional ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC) is returning to New Orleans in the first quarter of 2012. The ASSE Baton Rouge chapter, the area office compliance assistance staff and area director will conduct presentations and provide conference participants with OSHA publications and relevant topics.