Region 6 - Alliance Annual Report - November 11, 2009
GREATER BATON ROUGE CHAPTER ASSE
ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
November 11, 2009
December 19, 2008
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 250 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.
Implementation Team Members
Lance S. Roux, Chapter President 2008 – 2009
Alex Novas, Compliance Assistance Specialist
Chapter Baton Rouge ASSE Executive Board
December 19, 2008 – December 19, 2009
Implementation Team Meetings
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.
Events and Products
Training and Education
The Chapter hosted an ASP/CSP certification workshop to benefit members as well as the general public.
Outreach and Communication
Monthly General Meetings include Guest Speakers who discussed topics concerning Health, Safety or Environmental issues and/or current events.
Informative Emails and Safety Alerts 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
Members of the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter ASSE Executive Board and General Membership are members of several 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.
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 (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
2009 General Meetings Topics
Number of Individuals Reached or Trained January Bird Flu, Ron Torres, P.A. February Functional and Fit for Duty Testing, Blaine Calendar March Working with your OccMed Doctor, Dr. Luke Lee April Motorcycle Awareness and Public Safety, Warren Broussard May ANSI Fall Protection, Clint Honeycutt June Process Safety Management, Glenn Young, CSP September OSHA Agency Update, Alex Novas
Because of the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter ASSE’s involvement with this Alliance, information was shared that brought the Chapter’s first ever sponsorship of the Louisiana Worker Memorial Day promulgated by Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal in 2009.
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: Process Safety Management, Emergency Preparedness, Pandemic Flu Preparedness, and Construction Safety.
During the upcoming year, 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 safety and health information. For example, during the ASSE's Regional PDC, to be held in Baton Rouge, March 25-26, 2010, the area office compliance assistance staff and area director will conduct presentations and provide conference participants with OSHA publications and Information of interest.
In addition, the Alliance will work towards the establishment of a periodic newsletter for Louisiana outreach program participants and other concerned parties. The newsletter will include OSHA, industry and relevant information to serve employers and employees with the recognition and prevention of hazards within their workplaces.