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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, Shreveport Chapter
February 22, 2015


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      February 22, 2013

    2. Evaluation Period

      February 22, 2014 through February 22, 2015

    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

      OSHA

      Dorinda Folse
      Area Director (AD), OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office
      Alexander Novas
      Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office

      Associated General Contractors of America, Shreveport Chapter

      Tracy Hadwin
      Safety Committee Chair
  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 Hazard Communication seminar was conducted free of charge to all members. The seminar informed employers and their employees of changes related to the global harmonization of the standard.

    Outreach and Communication

    • The Baton Rouge Area Office, AD conducted an update presentation to inform Chapter members and their employees of changes in reporting and recordkeeping requirements, enforcement emphasis programs and outreach initiatives.
    • The Baton Rouge Area Office, CAS provided literature, educational brochures, pamphlets and training materials that were made available by the Chapter for distribution throughout the year.
    • The Baton Rouge Area Office, CAS provided daily e-mail updates to the Chapter Safety Committee on current news events related occupational safety and health.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • The Shreveport Chapter Safety Committee annually recognizes Workers' Memorial Day as a day of remembrance for fallen workers and communicates related information to regional industry personnel.
    • The Shreveport Chapter Safety Committee recognizes and communicates information relating to national initiatives such as, the 2014 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Fatalities in Construction.
  4. Results

    Type of Activity Number of Individuals Reached or Trained Topic(s)
    TOTAL 120  
    March 2014, Training 9 Confined Space
    April 2014, Training 12 OSHA 10
    May 2014, Training 15 Fall Protection
    July 2014, Training 7 Confined Space
    September 2014, Training 12 OSHA 10
    October 2014, Training 20 Haz-Com
    November 2014, Training 6 OSHA 10
    December 2014, Training 7 OSHA 10
    February 2015 Compliance Information 32 OSHA Update
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    • This Alliance was concluded May 23, 2015. The OSHA Baton Rouge Area Office looks forward to a continued relationship the AGC, Shreveport Chapter, providing information and training materials that will serve area interests and employer injury and illness prevention programs.
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