Region 6 - Alliance Annual Report - March 17, 2012




March 17, 2012

Alliance Background

Date Signed:

December 19, 2008

  1. 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

    Annette M. Springer, President Greater Baton Rouge Chapter ASSE, 2011 – 2012

    Lance S. Roux, Member At Large Greater Baton Rouge Chapter ASSE, 2011 – 2012

    Alex Novas, OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist


          Chapter Baton Rouge ASSE Executive Board

    Evaluation Period

    March 17, 2011 – March 17, 2012

  3. Implementation Team Meetings

    The implementation team met two (2) 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 a "Bring-A-Worker" event at an ASSE meeting featuring an OSHA Update.

    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, the Bayou Chapter ASSE, and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

  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


    2011-12 General Meetings Topics



    Making the Connection Between Wellness and Employee Injury



    Crane Safety



    Combustible Dust



    OSHA Update



    Fall Prevention






    Confined Space, Emergency Rescue / Response



    The Working Athlete/meeting with AIHA



    OSHA Update/NEP for Chemical Facilities PSM

    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.

    Some outreach activities planned for the future are having a Confined Space workshop on hazards including tank cleaning operations and collaborating with the Texas Chemical Council for the EHS Seminar and do the entire Contractors section with HBR’s Contractors Best Practice.

  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 hosted a membership meeting where individual workers were invited. The meeting topic was the OSHA Update. The Chapter will hold another Bring-a-Worker themed event in the spring.