Region 6 - Alliance Annual Report - July 29, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Baton Rouge Area Office
Gulf Coast Safety Council
July 29, 2017

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed:

      Original signed July 17, 2009, and renewed on April 27, 2017.

    2. Evaluation Period:

      July 2016 through July 2017

    3. Alliance Overview

      OSHA and the Gulf Coast Safety Council (GCSC) formally the Greater New Orleans Industrial Educational Council (GNOIEC) established a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful industrial workforce. This relationship provides the industrial workforce including non-English and limited English speaking employees with information, guidance, and access to industrial education training resources that will help protect employees' health and safety. In developing this alliance, OSHA and GCSC recognize that OSHA's Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      Dorinda Folse, Area Director (AD), OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office
      Wilfred Hebert, Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), OSHA Baton Rouge Area Office

      Gulf Coast Safety Council
      Shelly Guilbeau, GCSC, Executive Director – St. Rose

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Team meetings were held periodically throughout the year to support the Owner Advisory Committee of GCSC.


    • January 19, 2017
    • August 17, 2017
    • November 30, 2017


    Lunch & Learn meetings were held to further education and compliance in the following areas.


    • June 8, 2017 - "What Does it Mean to Intervene?" (Part II) – 30 Attendees
    • November 8, 2017 – "Hunter Safety" – Taylor Stevens of La. Wildlife & Fisheries


  3. Results

    Training and Education:

    Wilfred Hebert, Compliance Assistance Specialist assisted the Gulf Coast Safety Council to provide the petrochemical industry personnel and industry contract workers, including non-English or limited English speaking employees, with information, guidance, and access to industrial education training resources that will help protect employees' health and safety

    Additional discussion and information was provided on protecting the contract workers from heat stress. OSHA Quick Cards were distributed as a means of effective communications.

    OSHA Quick Takes are emailed to GCSC and reviewed by the Program Developer. These topics are then sent to GCSC's Customer Base. The GCSC Website has a direct link to the OSHA Website for Contractor's and Owners to easily access.

    OSHA's staff in Louisiana continues to provide resources for answering questions and continue to assist the alliance as needed.

    GCSC has developed a "Supervisory Training Excellence Program" (STEP) (3 sessions were presented in 2017 with a total of approximately 70 attendees)


    • June 13/14 2017
    • August 10/11 2017
    • November 2/3 2017


    GCSC plans to develop and offer a "Competent Person" program for trenching/exaction, scaffold inspections as well as scaffold OJT climbing) to appropriate personnel

    ARSC (Associated Reciprocal Safety Council) has developed a "Protect Watch" Program with combined on training on the following: Fire Watch; Confined Entry Hole Watch; Fresh Air Bottle Watch; Atmospheric Air Testing Instruments; and Fire Extinguisher Training.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health:

    The Gulf Coast Safety Council (GCSC), with support from the Alliance Safety Council became part of an application to become a host site allows GCSC to extend services in the Southern portion of Louisiana for the delivery of all OSHA Training Institute Education Center (OTIEC) courses.

    The OSHA national statistics were reviewed and discussion was held on how the process can be improved. The areas reviewed were training of owner representatives who handle contractors, pre-qualification, selection, pre-job activities, work-in-progress, and evaluation.

  4. Evaluations

    GCSC interaction with owners and contractors through training and safety meetings help prevent injuries and illnesses in the work place. The collaboration with OSHA provides a visible sign of the strength of our alliance.

    The goals for the next year are to strengthen the alliance through meetings with OSHA, owners and contractors to promote an Incident and injury free environment in the work place. Focus will be improving emphasis on OSHA "Top Ten" injury statistics through developing and offering courses through (OTIEC) as indicated above and the Association of Reciprocal Safety Councils (ARSC).

    Additionally emphasis will be placed on the assistance that the "OSHA Area Office" can provide in training and education in job safety and health issues.

    Sullivan Seneca, GCSC Marketing Manager, attends Contractor Safety Meeting Weekly/Monthly at each Owner Site to collaborate and offer assistance in all areas of Safety on behalf of the Gulf Coast Safety Council. Sullivan Seneca will also be visiting the OSHA office quarterly to retrieve additional information which can be distributed to GCSC Customers.


    • These meetings are attended by approximately 40 supervisory personnel at each meeting and GCSC Representative attends 10 meetings monthly


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    Type of Activity Number of Individuals Reached or Trained Topic(s)
    January 19, 2017
    August 17, 2017
    November 30, 2017


    GCSC Owner Advisory Committee Established to receive input from Owners on path forward
    August 11, 2015
    November 8, 2015
    February 5, 2016
    May 11, 2016


    Collaborated with ARSC on development of the new BOP & BOPR Reciprocal Programs as well as Protect Watch
    June 8, 2017
    November 8, 2017


    Lunch N Learn
    Multiple Dates

    350 to 400 per month

    Incidents causes and corrective action from various topics generated from trends from the different facilities
    June 13/14 2017
    August 10/11 2017
    November 2/3 2017


    Safety Trained Supervisor Training
    April 19, 2016


    17th Annual Contractor's Safety Excellence Awards Banquet held to recognize Contractors and Owner in Industry
    Multiple Sessions @ various dates


    Fire Extinguisher Training
    Train the Trainer

    3 Instructors

    5 phases of "Protect Watch"

    39,500 plus

    720 Contractor businesses and 36 Owners participate in the GCSC Training Programs


  5. Upcoming Events

    Shelly Guilbeau is a member of the ARSC Executive Committee and continues to drive the updates annually of the ARSC Reciprocal training courses for the continued education of the Petrochemical workforce and has focused on those that present life critical events. GCSC was part of this work and have and will emphasis and deliver these programs. OSHA plans to provide Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) outreach presentation to the Petrochemical workforce. OSHA and GCSC plan to renew the alliance this year.

    Report Prepared for: Wilfred Hebert – By: Shelly Guilbeau