Region 6 - Alliance Annual Report - July 29, 2016

U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Baton Rouge Area Office
Gulf Coast Safety Council
July 29, 2016

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      July 17, 2009 and renewed on April 29, 2014

    2. Evaluation Period

      July 29, 2015 through July 29, 2016

    3. 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 Curriculum Committee of GCSC.

    • September 11, 2015
    • March 10. 2016
    • June 1, 2016

    Brown Bag meetings were held to further education and compliance in the following areas.

    • June 30, 2016 – “What Does it Mean to Intervene?”
  3. Results

    Training and Education:

    Wilfred Hebert, Compliance Assistance Specialist visited the Gulf Coast Safety Council to provide an introduction to and attended a discussion with Angela B. fisher, Regional Investigator, U.S. Department of Labor, Whistleblower Protection Program.

    Wilfred Hebert, Compliance Assistance Specialist helped 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 on the use, inspection and maintenance of safety harnesses and slings in the work place.

    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 plans to develop a “Supervisory Training Excellence Program” (STEP) which will be offered to pre-identified supervisors)

    GCSC plans to develop and offer a “Competent Person” program for trenching/exaction and scaffolding to appropriate personnel

    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 “Taxi” 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 the GCSC Representative attends 10 meetings monthly.

    These tables are best viewed on tablets, notebooks, or desktop computer screens.

    Type of Activity Number of Individuals Reached or Trained Topic(s)
    July 9, 2015
    November 5, 2015
    February 3, 2016
    July 28, 2016


    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
    June 30, 2016


    Lunch N Learn
    July 30, 2015


    Safety Trained Supervisor Training
    April 19, 2016


    16th Annual Contractor’s Safety Excellence Awards Banquet held to recognize Contractors and Owner in Industry
    Several Sessions 15/16


    Fire Extinguisher Training
    Train the Trainer

    2 Instructors

    OSHA 10 and 30 Class

    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 annual updates of the ARSC reciprocal training courses for the continued education of the Petrochemical workforce. Shelly Guilbeau continues to provide a focus on important life critical events. GCSC has been a part of this work and continues its’ support these emphasis areas, and delivering the essential programs. OSHA plans to provide VPP (volunteer protection program) outreach presentation to the Petrochemical workforce. OHSA and GCSC plan to renew the alliance this year.

    Report Prepared by: Wilfred Hebert, Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), OSHA Baton Rouge Area Office