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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Baton Rouge Area Office
And
Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Shreveport Chapter
February 22, 2014


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      February 22, 2013

    2. Evaluation Period

      February 22, 2013 to February 22, 2014

    3. Overview

      The Alliance with the Associated General Contractors (AGC), Shreveport Chapter 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 addressing construction and industrial contractor issues.

      The AGC, Shreveport Chapter was established in 1925, and became the first AGC chapter in northern Louisiana. The AGC, Shreveport Chapter represents nearly 250 contractors and 10,000 employees throughout the region.

      The Chapter's Safety Committee is responsible for continually updating the membership on any new or revised standards and regulations, to provide oversight and review on all Shreveport Chapter safety training, and to maintain the Alliance with OSHA. The Shreveport Chapter 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.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      Tracy Hadwin
      Chairman, AGC- Shreveport Chapter Safety Committee
      Alexander Novas
      Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    The Safety Committee members and officers meet quarterly 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 quarterly meetings. OSHA representation normally provides an update presentation and fields a variety of questions from industry professionals regarding regulatory implementation and compliance.

  3. Activities and Products

    Training and Education

    • A Fall Protection Seminar was conducted free of charge for all members. This seminar was to educate the employees of the many fall hazards in the work place along with ways to manage and prepare for them.

    Outreach and Communication

    • The Baton Rouge Area Office, CAS conducted an update presentation to inform Chapter members of rulemaking in process, enforcement emphasis programs and outreach initiatives. The CAS provided literature which included educational brochures, pamphlets and training materials. The publications and information provided by the CAS are made available by the Chapter for distribution throughout the year.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • The Shreveport Chapter Safety Committee annually recognizes Workers' Memorial Day and communicates related information to all regional industry personnel.
  4. Results

    During the evaluation period, OSHA representation was unable to attend safety committee activities due to a restriction on over-night travel. The travel restriction resulted from federal budgetary constraints under "sequestration." In addition, a two week shut-down of the federal government was implemented during the period.

    The Shreveport Chapter and OSHA Area Office Compliance Assistance maintained telephone and email communications in order to continue access to outreach and compliance information.

    Type of Activity Number of Individuals Reached or Trained Topic(s)
    TOTAL 158  
    March 2013 Training 22 Confined Space
    April 2013 Training 18 OSHA 10
    May 2013 Training 15 Fall Protection
    July 2013 Training 7 OSHA 10
    September 2013 Training 24 Electrical
    October 2013 Training 15 GHS Trainer
    November 2013 Training 9 OSHA 10
    November 2013 Training 5 OSHA 30
    December 2013 Training 6 OSHA 30
    February 2014 Training 7 OSHA 10
    February 2014 Compliance Information 30 OSHA Update
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The Alliance plans to reestablish its collaborative efforts and continue towards meeting the goals for the next evaluation year.

    • Continue Monthly Safety Committee Meetings
    • Planning a Safety Director Swap Day to bring fresh eyes to jobsites
    • Continue to provide training through the AGC for members at the AGC or members location as needed.
    • Continue to provide information and support to members as needed.
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