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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Baton Rouge Area Office
And
The Louisiana Forestry Association, Louisiana Logging Council
January 23, 2016


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed
      January 23, 2015

    2. Evaluation Period
      January 23, 2015 to January 23, 2016

    3. Overview
      The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Baton Rouge Area Office and The Louisiana Forestry Association and The Louisiana Logging Council recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and The Louisiana Forestry Association and The Louisiana Logging Council hereby form an Alliance to provide The Louisiana Forestry Association and The Louisiana Logging Council members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to struck-by, falls, caught-in-between and other environmental hazards and addressing logging safety and health issues, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). In developing this Alliance, OSHA and The Louisiana Forestry Association and The Louisiana Logging Council recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

      Dorinda Folse, OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office, Area Director
      Wilfred Hebert, OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office, Compliance Assistance Specialist

      Louisiana Forestry Association

      Charles A. Vandersteen, Executive Director Louisiana Logging Council
      Johnny Jenkins, II, President, Louisiana Logging Council

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • March 18, 2015 Implementation Team Meeting

    • June 24, 2015 Implementation Team Meeting

    • December 02, 2015 Implementation Team Meeting

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance members maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress, current events, and results to address industry needs.

    Events and Products

    Training and Education

    • Provide Safety Education – Using the Louisiana Logging Safety Manual as a text, logging contractors’ are made aware of OSHA logging regulations and their responsibility for training employees. The course gives the contractors the tools necessary to train personnel in logging safety. Breakout sessions provide a review of the Logging Safety Video. The text includes a section on OSHA Standards, forms & records, Hazard Communication Program, Safety Policy, Blood borne Pathogens and the Louisiana Ten-point Safety Plan. Three workshops were conducted in 2015, which included the following dates: May 14, 2015; September 08, 2015; and September 30, 2015.

    Product

    • The Logging Training Booklet was updated with changes made to various sections which included recording requirement, and Hazard Communication requirements with the effective date.

    • Four Louisiana Logger Magazines were published that included industry safety and health updates.

    Outreach and Communication

    • OSHA publications and information were provided at each committee meeting for distribution to workers by Alliance members.

    • OSHA Heat Advisory was emailed by OSHA and sent out to all member contractors, recommending scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or temperate environments. Anyone overcome by heat stress symptoms should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency condition – call 911.

    • OSHA Training Institute Education Centers sent informational emails that offered a series of free OSHA seminars that were scheduled to occur throughout Region VI. The courses are accredited to meet the new Public Sector Safety & Health Fundamentals Certificate Program requirements.

    • Workshop Events: Free Compliance Assistance Forum for employers, community based organizations and advocacy groups were provided. The event included a step-by-step process for developing and implementing and effective safety and health program; a description of OSHA compliance assistance resources; and an overview of the Site Specific Targeting program.

    • Invitations were sent to the OSHA Regional Office regarding Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in the workplace.

    • A Safety and Health evaluation of the training was conducted during, and at the conclusion of the evaluation period.

    • Outreach assistance was provided to participating chapter member companies during the chapter meetings.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings with industries to discuss safety and health issues and to help address needs in the workplace.

    • The Logging Alliance Safety Committee annually recognizes Workers’ Memorial Day and communicates related information to regional industry personnel.

  3. Results

    The Logging Alliance members continue 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.

    These tables are best viewed on tablets, notebooks, or desktop computer screens.

    Type of Activity Number of Individuals Reached or Trained Topic(s)

    Logging Core Classes:

    Using the Louisiana Logging Safety Manual as a text, logging contractors’ are made aware of OSHA logging regulations and their responsibility for training employees, The course gives the contractors the tools necessary to train personnel in logging safety. Breakout sessions afford a review of the Logging Safety Video. The text includes a section on OSHA standards, forms & records, Hazard Communication Program, OSHA Heat Campaign, Fall Campaign, Amputation Regulations, Safety Policy, Blood borne Pathogens and the Louisiana Ten-point Safety Plan.

    May 14, 2015 in Pineville, Louisiana

    44 Attendees

    September 8, 2015 in Many, Louisiana

    10 Attendees

    September 30, 2015 in Pineville, Louisiana

    28 Attendees

    Type of Activity Number of Individuals Reached or Trained Topic(s)

    The Logger Seminar at the Louisiana Forester Conference

    August 25th through 27th 2015

    500 + Visitors

    75 + Vendors

    The conference provided updates in: logging equipment technology, safety and health products for loggers, and breakout sessions about installing cameras in logging trucks.

    Forestry Technology

    Companies provided information on proper usage of rescue equipment that affords the user a greater understanding of equipment usage.

    July 15, 2015 in Pineville, Louisiana

    17 Attendees

    November 17, 2015 in Ruston, Louisiana

    46 Attendees

    November 18, 2015 in Pineville, Louisiana

    39 Attendees

    November 19, 2015 in Deridder, Louisiana

    39 Attendees

    Louisiana Logging Council Chapter Meetings (conducted throughout Louisiana)

    January 2015 to January 2016

    25 Chapter Meetings

    539 Attendees

    Chapter Meetings are held throughout Louisiana to keep loggers informed about logging technology, safety and health updates, fall campaign, heat campaign, record keeping requirements, new hazard communication requirement (GHS), and amputation requirements.

    TOTAL

    1,262

  4. Upcoming Milestones

    The Alliance plans to continue to strive to meet the initiatives and goals for the next evaluation year and renewal of the Alliance.

    • Continue Safety Committee Meetings.

    • Continue to provide hurricane outreach to local areas.

    • List major planned activities, products, and issues that the Alliance plans to work on during the next reporting period, including plans for renewal.

    • Continue ongoing safety and health update training.

    • Continue Louisiana Logger Magazine that provides updated safety and health information to the logging industry.

    *Additionally, emphasis will be placed on the assistance that state consultation can provide to members in training, education in job safety, and health issues.

    Report Prepared by: Wilfred J. Hebert, Compliance Assistance Specialist, BRAO

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