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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Baton Rouge Area Office
and
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. New Orleans/Bayou Chapter
May 23, 2018


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

    2. May 09, 2012, and renewed on September 22, 2014

    3. Evaluation Period

    4. October 29, 2015 – May 23, 2018

    5. Overview

    6. The OSHA and Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. (ABC) New Orleans/Bayou Chapter Alliance, was established to create a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. The goals of the Alliance are to provide the ABC New Orleans/Bayou Chapter’s membership and partnering constituents with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to struck-by, falls, caught-in-between and electrical hazards, addressing construction and industrial contractor issues, and understanding the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

      In developing the Alliance goals, OSHA and ABC New Orleans/Bayou Chapter recognizes that OSHA’s State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

    7. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA:

      Dorinda Folse,
      OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office, Area Director
      Wilfred Hebert,
      OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office, Compliance Assistance Specialist

      Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. New Orleans/Bayou Chapter:

      Angela M. Latino-Geier
      -  President/CEO
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • October 20, 2015 Implementation Team Meeting
    • December 10, 2015 Implementation Team Meeting
    • January 28, 2016 Implementation Team Meeting
    • March 22, 2017 Implementation Team Meeting
    • April 28, 2017 Implementation Team Meeting
    • June 28, 2017 Implementation Team Meeting
    • September 27, 2017 Implementation Team Meeting
    • October 25, 2017 Implementation Team Meeting
    • February 28, 2018 Implementation Team Meeting
    • March 28, 2018 Implementation Team Meeting
    • April 25, 2018 Implementation Team Meeting
    • May 23, 2018 Implementation Team Meeting

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance members maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance’s progress, current events, and results to address industry needs.

  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    • Provide Safety Education – CSST Safety Tech, April & May 2017 and CSST Field Safety March and April 2017. CSST. Course curriculum includes OSHA 30 Certification.
    • Partnership with University of Texas at Arlington – OSHA Training Institute Education Center Host and also a Partnership with United Academy – Safety Training Program.

    Products

    • Annual ABC New Orleans/Bayou Chapter Committee Leadership Directory included: Apprenticeship & Craft Training, Membership, Government Relations, Programs & Communications and Safety & Management Education.
    • ABC New Orleans/Bayou Chapter Personnel Handbook – Safety Practices
    • ABC New Orleans/Bayou Chapter Apprenticeship & Craft Training Student Handbook – Safety Policy & Procedures
    • ABC New Orleans/Bayou Chapter Welding Department - Safety Rules and Regulations are posted specific to this construction craft.
    • OSHA Fact Sheet and “All about OSHA” booklets were provided to all instructors, trainees and employees of ABC New Orleans/Bayou Chapter
    • Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. (ABC National) mails the annual ABC Year-In-Review booklet to more than 70,000 employees. A section of the booklet provides information and statistics on Safety, promoting zero-incident jobsites, as well as asking members to pledge to promote safety and health at their jobsites.

    Outreach and Communication

    • OSHA publications and information were provided at each committee meeting for distribution to workers by Alliance members.
    • General Safety and Health Provisions were discussed in meetings: Construction standards such as frequent and regular inspections of the jobsite by competent persons and the definition of a competent person. Requirements covering topics such as first aid, fire protection and housekeeping at the site.
    • OSHA Heat Advisory was emailed by OSHA and sent out to all member contractors, recommending scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is a medical emergency – call 911.
    • OSHA Training Institute Education Centers emailed, offering a series of free OSHA seminars throughout Region VI. Courses count towards the new Public Sector Safety & Health Fundamentals Certificate Program.
    • Workshop: Free Compliance Assistance Forum for employers, community based organizations and advocacy groups. The workshop will include a step-by-step process for developing and implementing and effective safety and health program; a description of OSHA compliance assistance resources; and an overview of the Site Specific Targeting program.
    • Invite to the OSHA Regional Office to participate in a Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction.
    • A Safety and Health evaluation of the training was conducted during at the end of the evaluation period.
    • Outreach assistance was provided to ABC New Orleans/Bayou Chapter membership participating in the ABC National STEP Award Process.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on industries safety to discuss safety and health issues and to help address needs in the workplace.
    • The ABC New Orleans/Bayou Chapter Safety & Management Education Committee annually recognizes Workers' Memorial Day and communicates related information to regional industry personnel.
  4. Results

  5. The ABC New Orleans/Bayou Chapter membership continue to have access to a greater amount of outreach information and publications and are made aware of the continued efforts of OSHA to reach at-risk industries by sharing current events, safety alerts, and best practices.

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    Type of Activity Number of Individuals Reached or Trained Topic(s)
    2015: October 20 - Meeting 10 Safety and Management Ed
    November 18 – Emails 200 Safety and Health Program Guidelines
    November 25 – Event 239 Chapter Awards Gala: recognizing Excellence in Construction, STEP participants
    December 4 – Emails 85 OSHA Revised Reporting Requirements
    December 10 – Meeting 12 Safety and Management Ed
    2016: January 19 – Training 300 Chapter-Construction Training Center Spring Semester/Safety Orientation
    January 20 – Email 85 ABC STEP Applications/Online Registration
    January 20 – Email 175 ABC News, Regulation, Safety, Workplace Safety
    February 1 – Email 175 ABC Webinar: Updated OSHA Confined Spaces Standards
    February 10 – Email 175 ABC Webinar: National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction
    March 1 – Conference ABC Workforce Conference
    March 3 – Event ABC National EIC & Safety Awards Gala
    April 15 – Program 90 Chapter – High School Welding Competition
    May 2 – Email 175 OSHA National Safety Stand-Down promotion
    May 4 – Email 175 ABC Safety Performance report
    June 22 – Email 175 National Safety Council Survey Report: Employers Prioritize Over Safety
    July 8 – Email 175 New Compliance Assistance Resources Update
    August 15 – Training 300 Chapter- Construction Training Center Fall Semester/ Safety Orientation
    November 10 – Event 279 Chapter Awards Gala: recognizing Excellence in Construction, STEP participants, and Safety Professional of the Year
    2017: January 23 – Training 300 Chapter- Construction Training Center Spring Semester/Safety Orientation
    January 26 – Email 85 ABC STEP application/Online Training
    February 1 – Training Partnership Initiated: University of TX Arlington-OSHA Training Institute Education Center Host
    February 1 – Email 175 OSHA Webinar Training Offerings
    February 6 – Training Partnership Initiated: United Academy-Safety Training Program
    February 27 – Conference ABC Workforce Conference
    February 28 – Meeting Safety and Management Ed
    March 1 – Event ABC National EIC & Safety Award Gala
    March 1-3 – Program ABC National Craft Competition Chapter Student Competitor awarded ABC Champion’s Safety Award in Pipe Welding
    March 7-9 – Training U of TX OSHA: Fall Protection
    March 20 - Email 175 Administration Budgets target OSHA training grants
    March 21-23 – Training U of TX OSHA: Principles of Ergonomics
    March 21-24 – Training U of TX OSHA: Standards of General Industry
    March 22 – Meeting 12 Safety of Management Ed
    March 24 – Program 87 Chapter High School Welding & Carpentry Competition
    April 4-7 – Training U of TX OSHA: Electrical Standards
    April 18-20 – Training U of TX OSHA: Cranes in Construction
    April 24 – Training U of TX OSHA: Understanding OSHA’s Permit-Required Confined Space Standards
    April 25-27 – Training U of TX OSHA: Confined Space
    April 28 – Meeting Safety and Management Ed
    May 8 – Training U of TX OSHA: Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry
    May 9-11 – Training U of TX OSHA: Excavation, Trenching & Soil Mechanics
    May 15-19 – Training U of TX OSHA: Maritime Industry Standards
    May 30-June 2 – Training U of TX OSHA: Oil & Gas Exploration & Production
    June 6-9 – Training U of TX OSHA: General Industry Trainer
    June 12-18 – Email 175 Safe & Sound Week Video Presentation
    June 28 – Meeting 12 Safety & Management Ed
    June 27-29 – Training U of TX OSHA: Safety Standards for Scaffolding
    July 5 – Email 175 Administration OSHA strip anti-retaliation form reporting rules
    July 24 – Email 175 Administration Scraps previous Administration rulemaking
    August 6 – Sept. – Email 175 Safety & Health Conference/LA Governor’s
    August 14 – Training 298 Chapter—Construction Training Center Fall Semester/Safety Orientation
    September 14 – Training U of TX OSHA: Excavation, Trenching & Soil
    September 27 – Meeting 15 Safety & Management Ed
    September 28 – Training U of TX OSHA: Medic First Aid & CPR
    October 1 – December 31 – Email New Safety and Health Resources; This update highlights new workplace safety and health resources by OSHA
    October 24 – Training U of TX OSHA: Respiratory Protection
    October 25 – Meeting 12 Safety & Management Ed
    December 20 – Email Newsline: Update to OSHA Electronic Injury and Illness Reporting. OSHA Issues New and Revised Fact sheets on Silica
    December 19 – 21 Training U of TX OSHA - OSHA 3115 Fall Protection
    2018 January 8 – 18, 2018 300 Spring Student Orientation & Safety
    January 8 – Email Announcement on OSHA Safety Day on January 17th.
    January 19, 2018 Event 265 Chapter Awards & STEP
    January 25 - Email 2018 STEP APPLICATON
    January 30 – Email/Video Learn More About Silica Exposure in the Workplace!
    February 9 – Email/Webinar Be A Safety Leader: Tools for a Successful Workplace Safety & Health
    February 20 – 23 – Training U of TX OSHA - OSHA 510 - Standards for the Construction Industry
    February 28, 2018 – Meeting 10 Safety and Management Ed
    March 21 – 22 Program ABC National Craft Competition Chapter Student Competitor awarded ABC Champion’s Safety Award in Pipe Welding and also Gold Award in Pipe Welding.
    March 27 – 30 – Training U of TX OSHA – OSHA 500 - Training Course for Construction Industry
    March 28, 2018 – Meeting 5 Safety and Management Ed
    April 16 – 18 - Training U of TX OSHA – OSHA 502 – Update for Construction Industry
    April 20 – Program 96 Chapter High School Welding, Electrical & Carpentry Competition
    April 18 – 20 - Training U of TX OSHA – OSHA 503 - Update for General Industry
    April 25, 2018 – Meeting Safety and Management Ed
    May 7-11 - Email National Safety Stand-Down: Stopping to Save Lives
    May 15 - Email Safe & Sound Campaign: Employee Perception Surveys. Selling Safety to the Front Line Employee. Better Safety Conversations. Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs
    May 23, 2018 – Meeting 7 Safety and Management Ed
    Total 5104
  6. Upcoming Milestones

    The OSHA-ABC Alliance plans to continue to strive to meet the goals of the Alliance for the next evaluation year and commit to the renewal of the Alliance

    • Continue Safety Committee Meetings
    • Continue to provide hurricane outreach to local areas
    • Consider a method of capturing a number of safety contacts and number of students contacted for more accurate annual report.
    • Continue to provide ABC New Orleans/Bayou Chapter Construction Training Center Safety and Health Evaluation.
    • Increase STEP Award Participation: promotion & outreach
    • Continue to conduct Frequent and Regular Inspection Presentation to help address Focus Four, or other safety topic.
    • List major planned activities, products, and issues that the Alliance plans to work on during the next reporting period, including plans for renewal.

    *Additionally, emphasis will be placed on the assistance that state consultation can provide to members in training, education in job safety, and health issues.

Report Prepared by: Wilfred J. Hebert

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