Region 6 - Alliance Annual Report - March 17, 2013

March 17, 2013

  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, heath care, insurance, 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

    • David M. Noland, President, Greater Baton Rouge Chapter ASSE
    • Lance S. Roux, Incoming Area Director, ASSE Region IV
    • Alexander Novas, OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist


    • Chapter Baton Rouge ASSE Executive Board

    Evaluation Period

    • March 17, 2012 - March 17, 2013
  3. Implementation Team Meetings

    The implementation team met during the evaluation period to discuss the objectives and progress toward the goals set forth within the signed Alliance document. Discussions occurred by face-to-face meeting, telephone, and e-mail communications. 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.

      The Chapter Board members participated in the LA Governor's Safety & Health Conference to promote membership, safety education, and safety certification. Interest was solicited for planned safety certification preparatory workshops for general professional designation (ASP) and a specific construction-based designation (CHST) offered by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. These will occur during the next Alliance period.

      Chapter Board members also participated in several other safety-training workshops and served in various capacities within the safety communities at the local, state, and national levels, including various industries.

    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. Connie Fabre, President of the Greater Baton Rouge Industrial Alliance (GBRIA), spoke at a Chapter meeting for familiarity of their association's actions in member safety improvement concepts over a five-year period.

  5. Results

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

    Type of Activity: Membership Meeting Attendees 2012-13 General Meetings Topics
    March 40 Scaffolding Safety
    April 34 Heat Stress
    May 22 Training vs. Orientation
    September 35 OSHA Update 1
    Octomber 26 Creating a Zero-Incident Safety Culture (GBRIA)
    November 27 Rising Tide of Degreed Safety Personnel Changing the Profession
    December 18 Fire Life Safety (State Fire Marshal)y
    January 35 Waste Anesthetic Gas Exposure - Lessons Learned/meeting with AIHA
    February 37 OSHA Update 2

    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 hosted a membership meeting where individual workers were invited, in addition to other outreach efforts. The "Bring-a-Worker" meeting topic was the OSHA Update. Efforts will continue to work to create local opportunities for professional development in order to assist employers in work-related injury reduction, and particularly serious injuries and fatalities.