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 15, 2017
December 19, 2008
May 15, 2016 through May 15, 2017
The Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers 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 (GBRC-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, OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office
Alexander Novas, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office
American Society of Safety Engineers
Brandon Smith, President, Greater Baton Rouge Chapter, ASSE
Jeremy Miller, Past President, Greater Baton Rouge Chapter, ASSE
Lance Roux, Area Director, ASSE, Region IV
Greater Baton Rouge Chapter, 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.
The Chapter members continue to have access to a greater amount of educational information and are made aware of OSHA's ongoing efforts to reach at-risk industries by sharing current events, safety alerts and best practices.
The following table summarizes the Alliance's activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: To share information on OSHA's emphasis programs, regulatory agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process. To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace as well as to provide input on safety and health issues. To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by organizing a forum aimed at worker outreach whereby ideas and information can be exchanged. Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached Dissemination Baton Rouge Area Office compliance assistance provided the GBRC-ASSE membership with updates on OSHA events, regulatory, compliance and related nationwide news events through a daily e-mail. Event, Regulatory and Compliance Updates
Speech/Presentation An OSHA Update presentation was provided by representatives from the Baton Rouge Area Office in addition to attendance at other monthly general membership meetings. Regulatory and Compliance Updates
Other The GBRC-ASSE continued to host "Bring-a-Worker" meetings where members invite their employees to attend monthly membership meetings. Worker Outreach
Training and Education: To develop effective training and education programs for workers of the Greater Baton Rouge ASSE and promote understanding of workers' rights and the responsibilities of employers to communicate such information to workers and employers. Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached Event The GBRC-ASSE board members participated in the annual Louisiana Governor's Safety and Health Conference to promote membership, safety education and certification. Occupational Safety and Health Training
Speech/Presentation The GBRC-ASSE held monthly general meetings that included guest speakers presenting on various safety, health and environmental topics and current events. Risk Assessments, Silica, Lead Paint Testing, Process Safety Management Panel, Safety Leadership
Outreach and Communication: Participate in cooperative efforts to develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards and to develop ways to communicate such information. Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached Dissemination The GBRC-ASSE recognized OSHA's national initiatives and communicated related information to members. Falls in Construction, Heat Stress
Event The GBRC-ASSE annually recognizes Workers' Memorial Day as day of remembrance for fallen workers and participated in the memorial event held on the steps of the Louisiana State Capital building. Workers' Memorial Day
Event The GBRC-ASSE board members facilitated the ASSE, Region IV Professional Development Conference that included attendees from throughout the Southeastern United States. Representatives from the Baton Rouge Area Office participated in the event and networked with attendees discussing best practice ideas and ways to improve safety programs and procedures. Safety and Health Management Programs
- 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.
Report prepared by:
Alexander Novas, Compliance Assistance Specialist,
Baton Rouge Area Office, July 7, 2017.