ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Baton Rouge Area Office
Louisiana Associated General Contractors of America (LAGC)
July 25, 2016
July 25, 2013 and renewed on October 29, 2015
July 25, 2015 to July 25, 2016
The Alliance with the Louisiana Associated General Contractors (LAGC) 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 understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
The LAGC is a statewide, full-service construction trade association representing about 800 general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and service firms throughout Louisiana. Formed in 1949, LAGC is one of 101 chapters of the 33,000-member Associated General Contractors of America, headquartered in Washington, D.C.
The LAGC Safety Committee is responsible for continually updating the membership on any new or revised standards and regulations, to provide oversight and review on all LAGC safety training, and to maintain the Alliance with OSHA. The LAGC 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.
Implementation Team Members
Dorinda Folse, Area Director, Baton Rouge Area Office
Alexander Novas, Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), Baton Rouge Area Office
Louisiana Associated General Contractors (LAGC), Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Jerry Arnold, Safety Committee Chairman, LAGC
Mike Demouy, Manger, LAGC
Implementation Team Meetings
The Safety Committee members and officers meet often 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 monthly meetings. OSHA representation normally provides an update presentation and fields a variety of questions from industry professionals regarding regulatory implementation and compliance.
Activities and Products
Training and Education
- The LAGC Safety Committee held a seminar on “Preparing for an OSHA Inspection.” The seminar was open to all members and included information on employer responsibilities, regulatory requirements and the recognition of worksite hazards. The seminar was held in during AGC’s Annual Future Leaders Forum.
- The LAGC brought in Bill Sims Jr., a well-known author and speaker, as the Keynote Presentation at the Annual Summer Conference. The presentation spoke to the remarkable power of positive reinforcement as it relates to behavioral change in instituting a long term safety culture.
Outreach and Communication
- The Baton Rouge Area Office, CAS provided literature which included educational brochures, pamphlets and training materials. The publications and information are made available by the LAGC for distribution throughout the year.
- The Baton Rouge Area Office, CAS electronically distributed a daily e-mail that provided current occupational safety and health related information, news, issues and topics.
- The Safety Committee agreed to offer free site inspections to local member employers. These inspections are geared towards making employers and employees more aware of good safety practices and OSHA requirements.
- In addition to on-site inspections, the Safety Committee offered to provide guidance and advice to member employers that had questions they wanted to bring before the group.
- The LAGC Safety Committee facilitated an open forum, question and answer session with the Baton Rouge Area Office’s Area Director. The session was open to all members and provided an opportunity to discuss important issues and concerns with local OSHA representatives.
- The AGC began to market a partnership that was formed with “ClickSafety” to offer discounts on online training.
Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
- The LAGC annually recognizes “Workers’ Memorial Day” as a day of remembrance for fallen workers and communicates related information to member employers and industry in the region.
- Members of the LAGC Safety Committee attended Safety Committee meetings with the Houston AGC and their local OSHA officials. The Houston representatives also attended a meeting in Louisiana to discuss ways to further the reach of our committees.
- The LAGC supported OSHA’s “National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction” and promoted event training activities to LAGC member employers.
- The LAGC purchased and distributed “Safety Pays” stickers to the members for the Safety Committee to help spread safety awareness to their employees.
The LAGC continues to have access to a greater amount of outreach information and publications and are made aware of the continued efforts of OSHA to reach at-risk industries by sharing current events, safety alerts and best practices.
Type of Activity
Number of Individuals Reached or Trained Topic(s) August, Meeting 7 Ways to improve outreach with DBE contactors. OSHA 10/OSHA 30 Training September, Meeting 10 Training process for new hires. October, Meeting 9 Accident Reporting. November, Seminar 10 Silica Testing Results February, Meeting 24 OSHA Recordkeeping, OSHA Update, New Reporting Requirements, Defining Who Formally Admits a patient in the hospital March, Meeting 12 Meeting with Houston AGC Safety Committee. Ways to improve and expand our footprint in terms of Safety Outreach April, Meeting 8 DOTD Safety Legislation, AGC of America Silica Lawsuit, OSHA Roundtable Follow Up June Summer Conference 100+ The Remarkable Power of Positive Reinforcement July, Meeting 11 Behavior Based Safety Programs, OSHA Update, AGC of America Recordkeeping position TOTAL 191
The Alliance plans to build on its first year collaborative efforts and continue towards meeting goals for the next evaluation year.
- Become more tied in at a National Level with AGC of America’s Safety Program
- Provide for additional safety training opportunities throughout Louisiana
- Increase the visibility of the safety committee through website and articles
- Continue to have safety featured at AGC Meetings and/or Conferences
Report prepared by: Alexander Novas, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Baton Rouge Area Office