ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Baton Rouge Area Office
Greater Baton Rouge Chapter American Society of Safety Engineers
May 14, 2015
December 19, 2008
March 14, 2014 through March 14, 2015
The Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is a non-profit organization that was founded in September 1957. The current membership is comprised of over 300 safety professionals who represent employers from various industries such as construction, refinery, chemical, heath care, insurance, and governmental agencies.
OSHA and the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter ASSE set out to form an Alliance in order to provide Chapter members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help foster employee health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposures including, but not limited to: fall hazards, trenching/excavations, combustible dusts, and struck-by hazards.
Implementation Team Members
- Dorinda Folse
- Area Director (AD), OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office
- Alexander Novas
- Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office
Greater Baton Rouge Chapter, American Society of Safety Engineers
- Brett Perricone
- President, Greater Baton Rouge Chapter ASSE
- Lance Roux
- Area Director, ASSE, Region IV
Chapter Baton Rouge ASSE Executive Board
Implementation Team Meetings
The implementation team met during the evaluation period to discuss the objectives and progress toward the goals set forth within the signed Alliance document. Discussions occurred by face-to-face meeting and e-mail communications. The implementation team also addressed attendees of the monthly general membership meetings that were held at various locations in Baton Rouge.
Activities, Events and Products
Training and Education
- The Chapter Board members participated in the Louisiana Governor's Safety and Health Conference to promote membership, safety education, and safety certification.
- The Chapter held a preparatory workshop for the Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST).
- Chapter Board members also participated in several other safety-training workshops and served in various capacities within the safety communities at the local, state, and national levels, including various industries.
Outreach and Communication
- Regular compliance updates were provided by the OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office including occasional appearances at monthly membership meetings to discuss the latest regulatory information.
- The Chapter holds monthly general meetings including guest speakers who discussed topics concerning Health, Safety or Environmental issues and/or current events.
- The Chapter officers and local OSHA representatives generate informative e-mails, newsletters, and safety alerts that are distributed to Chapter membership, guests and professional colleagues.
- The Chapter continues to participate in the safety in the workplace where volunteers discuss and promote workplace safety.
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
- Members of the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter ASSE Executive Board and General Membership continue to foster relationships and shared ideas through their involvement with other professional association safety committees including but not limited to: Associated Builders and Contractors, Pelican Chapter; Safety Council of Louisiana; Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance; ANSI/ASSE Z-59 Fall Protection Standard Advisory Committee; Southeastern Louisiana University, Occupational Safety &Health Curriculum Advisory Steering Committee; and the National Petroleum &Refining Association National Safety Committee.
- Joint Membership meetings were also held with the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and the Bayou Chapter ASSE.
- The OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office, Area Director provided an OSHA Update and Silica presentation for a Chapter meeting.
- The OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office, CAS and the Louisiana OSHA Consultation Manager provided a presentation to inform Chapter members on the 2015 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction and annual recognition of Worker's Memorial Day.
- The Greater Baton Rouge Chapter ASSE annually recognizes Workers' Memorial Day and initiatives such as, the 2014 and 2015 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction and communicates related information to member organizations.
Type of Activity 2014-2015 Number of Individuals Reached or Trained Topic(s) September 35 OSHA Recordkeeping October 46 OSHA Update November 32 Fire Safety Code December 14 Fall Protection January 44 Joint Meeting with AIHA February 15 Implementing a Back to Work Program March 26 Preventing Incidents Through Safety Self-Awareness April 23 Workers Memorial Day and National Fall Stand-Down TOTAL 235
- The OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office and the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter ASSE will continue to work together through the Alliance to provide employers, employees and the public with information targeted at the individual worker.
- Continuation of efforts in the creation of local opportunities for professional development in order to assist employers in work-related injury reduction, and particularly serious injuries and fatalities.
- Signing of an agreement to renew the Alliance between the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter ASSE and the OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office.