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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Baton Rouge Area Office
And
Greater Baton Rouge Chapter, American Society of Safety Engineers

July 14, 2016


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      December 19, 2008

    2. Evaluation Period

      March 14, 2015 through March 14, 2016

    3. Overview

      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.

    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

      American Society of Safety Engineers

      Jeremy Miller
      President, Greater Baton Rouge Chapter, ASSE
      Lance Roux
      Area Director, ASSE, Region IV

      Contributors

      Chapter Baton Rouge ASSE Executive Board

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. Results

    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  
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    • 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.
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