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
July 14, 2016
December 19, 2008
March 14, 2015 through March 14, 2016
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.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Baton Rouge Area Office and 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 exposure 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
American Society of Safety Engineers
- Jeremy Miller
- 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 holds meetings to discuss the objectives and progress toward the goals set forth within the signed Alliance document. The discussions occur by face-to-face meetings and e-mail communications. The implementation team also addresses attendees of the monthly general membership meetings that are held at various locations in Baton Rouge.
Activities, Events and Products
Training and Education
- The Chapter Board members participate in the annual Louisiana Governor’s Safety and Health Conference to promote membership, safety education, and safety certification.
- The Chapter Board members also participate in several other safety-training workshops and serve in various capacities within the safety communities at the local, state, and national levels, including various industries.
Outreach and Communication
- Regular compliance updates are provided by representatives from the OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office that includes occasional appearances at monthly membership meetings to discuss the latest regulatory information.
- The OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office, CAS provides daily e-mail updates to officers and executive committee members on current events related to occupational safety and health. The information provided is further distributed throughout industry.
- The Chapter holds monthly general meetings that include guest speakers who discuss topics related to Health, Safety or Environmental issues and/or current events.
- The Chapter will continue to host the “Bring-a-Worker” meetings where members invite their employees to attend, in addition to other outreach efforts.
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
- Members of the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter, ASSE Executive Board and General Membership continued to foster relationships and share ideas through their involvement with other professional association safety committees which include: 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; Associated General Contractors, South Louisiana STEPS Network, and the National Petroleum & Refining Association National Safety Committee.
- Joint membership meetings were also held with the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
- The OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office, CAS provided an OSHA Update presentation, question and answer session for a Chapter meeting.
- The Chapter annually recognizes Workers’ Memorial Day as a day of remembrance for fallen workers and communicates related information to members and others in the industry.
- The Chapter recognizes and communicates information relating to national initiatives such as, the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Fatalities in Construction.
The Chapter members continue to have access to a greater amount of educational information and are made aware of OSHA’s on-going efforts to reach at-risk industries by sharing current events, safety alerts and best practices.
Type of Activity 2015-2016 Number of Individuals Reached or Trained Topic(s) September 46 PSM October 20 Drop Tool Prevention November 19 Spill Response Safety December 42 OSHA Update January 38 State of the State February 51 PSM March 34 Worker's Compensation April 21 Industrial Fire Safety TOTAL 271
- The Greater Baton Rouge Chapter, ASSE is entering the ninth year of its Alliance with the OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office. The current agreement is planned for renewal this coming year.