Region 6 - Alliance Annual Report - July 25, 2019
ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Baton Rouge Area Office
Louisiana Associated General Contractors of America (LAGC)
July 25, 2019
July 25, 2013 and renewed on October 29, 2015
July 25, 2018 to July 25, 2019
The Alliance with the Louisiana Associated General Contractors (LAGC) was established to create a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful workplaces. The goals of the Alliance are to be achieved through sharing information, providing guidance, and access to training resources to protect employees’ health and safety. Particular focus is to be paid to reducing and preventing exposure to struck-by, falls, caught-in-between and electrical hazards, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
The LAGC is a statewide, full-service construction trade association representing about 800 general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and service firms throughout Louisiana. Formed in 1949, LAGC is one of 101 chapters of the 33,000-member Associated General Contractors of America, headquartered in Washington, D.C.
The LAGC Safety Committee is responsible for continually updating the membership on any new or revised standards and regulations, to provide oversight and review on all LAGC safety training, and to maintain the Alliance with OSHA. The LAGC Safety Committee comprises a large concentration of area contractors and safety professionals, and through the Alliance has a mission of supporting the industry through outreach efforts.
Implementation Team Members
Dorinda Folse, Area Director, OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office
Alexander Novas, Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), Baton Rouge Area Office
Louisiana Associated General Contractors (LAGC), Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Lance Roux, Safety Committee Chairman, LAGC
Michael Demouy, Operations Manager, LAGC
Implementation Team Meetings
The Safety Committee members and officers meet often to discuss the progress of the Alliance and topical information covering industry’s safety and health concerns. The monthly meetings commonly feature a selected safety and health topic relevant to the group. Alliance activities are planned and coordinated at the monthly meetings. OSHA representation normally provides an update presentation and fields a variety of questions from industry professionals regarding regulatory implementation and compliance.
The following table summarizes the Alliance’s activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: Trench Safety Stand Down Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached Event National Trench Safety Stand Down – Grady Crawford Trench Safety
Communication Training and Education: Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached Presentations Lance Roux, AGC Safety Consultant, provides an OSHA update at Quarterly Board Meetings.
Presentations Lance Roux presented at the AGC Annual Summer Conference. Lance emphasized the OSHA Top 10 and best practices for companies to put in place.
Training and Education:
To develop effective training and education programs for contractors to promote understanding of workers’ rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached Training OSHA 502 Update For Construction
Training OSHA 3095 Electrical Standards (And March Class)
Training OSHA 511 Standards for General Industry (And May Class)
Training OSHA 501 Trainer Course for General Industry
Training OSHA 510 Standards for Construction Industry
Training OSHA 503 Update for General Industry
Training OSHA 500 Trainer Course for Construction
Training OSHA 3085 Principles of Scaffolding
Training RM 101 Safety, Health, and Environmental Risk Management (SHERM) Principles
Outreach and Communication:
Develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA’s and the South Louisiana STEPS Network Web site) to employers and workers in the industry.
Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached Safety Banquet Diggers Night Out Program
Committee members sit on the Board for the Capital Area Utilities Risk Partnership. We help organize an annual after hour’s safety banquet for men and women operating in and around underground utilities. This event allows companies to send up to 10 employees free of charge. Attendees meet with local gas, utility and pipeline companies and are fed a meal. During dinner attendees watched Dangers in Digging video that highlighted the importance of safe working habits in and around utilities. Additionally, attendees viewed a demonstration on the various gas pipelines in regards to flammability and the characteristics of each gas leak.
Other Multi-Employer Jobsite Article – published in our monthly newsletter and emailed out to all AGC contacts detailing OSHA’s policy. Presented a history of the ruling as well recent court findings. The article emphasized the importance of working together on a jobsite for the safety of everyone involved.
Other Met with the new OSHA Area Director who spoke on Electronic Logging and current OSHA trends
Other Electronic Submission of Records Article – Lance Roux penned an article in our monthly newsletter on how OSHA defines a recordable injury
One evaluation was conducted.
The Louisiana AGC will discuss with our Legislative Committee the potential of writing a bill to make cell phone usage in Work Zones illegal. The Safety Committee will discuss other measures to help protect Highway Contractors in work zones such as allowing for construction vehicles to utilize additional mounted colored lights to slow traffic in work zones.
In addition to our OSHA courses we are already offering, Louisiana AGC looks to add more local courses through our Safety Consultant.
- Alliance Product: Products (e.g., fact sheets, videos, toolbox talks) developed by Alliance participants as part of the Alliance. These are not OSHA products.
- Dissemination: An Alliance participant sends OSHA information, Alliance products, or other safety and health information to its stakeholders. This includes information sent by email or social media (Facebook, Twitter), and information included in newsletters and other publications. It also includes hits on the Alliance participant’s or OSHA’s Web page.
- Evaluation: Any efforts by the Alliance participant to evaluate the effectiveness of an Alliance activity or the Alliance as a whole.
- Event: Participation in events such as the Construction Roundtable and NAOSH Week.
- Exhibit: OSHA exhibits at events sponsored by the Alliance participant.
- OSHA Product Review: Review of an OSHA product by an Alliance participant. For example, an Alliance participant may provide technical comments on an OSHA eTool or publication. The review itself is considered the Alliance activity.
- Speech/Presentation: Speeches or presentation by OSHA staff at events sponsored by the Alliance participant.
- Training: This includes best practice seminars or other training that Alliance participants provide for OSHA staff. It also includes training for workers/employers/others by Alliance participants.
- Other: Use this if an activity does not fit into one of the other categories.
OSHA Areas of Emphasis:
- Asian American/Pacific Islander Workers
- Fall Prevention
- Hazard Communication/Chemicals
- Health Care
- Heat Illness Prevention
- Hispanic/Latino Workers
- Oil and Gas
- Small Business
- Temporary Workers
- Young Workers