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Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region VI

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed.

    September 18, 2009

    Alliance Overview

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and A&M College, hereinafter referred to as LSU-Continuing Education, recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and LSU-Continuing Education formed an Alliance to provide outreach, information and training to employers and employees throughout industry. Through this Alliance, OSHA has provided LSU-Continuing Education with information, guidance, and access to training resources that has helped them protect employees' health and safety, particularly reducing and preventing exposure to work related injuries for oil and gas industry workers in the Louisiana Gulf Coast region.

  2. Implementation Team Members.

    Lisa Verma, Program Manager
    Louisiana State University Continuing Education

    Melissa Stafford, Program Coordinator
    Louisiana State University Continuing Education

    Alexander Novas, Compliance Assistance Specialist


    Douglas P. Weimer, Executive Director,
    Louisiana State University Continuing Education

    Maria C. Frank, Director of Purchasing and Property Management
    Louisiana State University

    Evaluation Period

    September 18, 2009 – September 18, 2010

  3. Implementation Team Metings:

    The implementation team met three (3) times during the evaluation period to discuss the objectives and progress toward the goals set forth within the signed Alliance document.

  4. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    1. Events

      The OSHA-Baton Rouge Area Office (BRAO), Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) participates in the Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) program which focuses on applicable content and concentrated learning activities. Course participants build a foundation by learning to comprehend and apply the OSHA safety and training requirements, while also learning how to coordinate between multiple worksites, hazard analysis and effective communication skills. Participants in the program include employees from various industries throughout the state.

    2. In addition to course instruction on the LSU campus, training is also conducted through a collaborate effort between LSU-Continuing Education and Shell Exploration and Production Company on the Center for Petroleum Workforce Development. The center exists to educate and promote a skilled work force in the oil and gas industry. The course is conducted at Shell’s training and conference facility in Robert, Louisiana.

    Outreach and Communication

    1. Events

      The OSHA-BRAO, CAS provides safety and health outreach materials developed by OSHA such as publications, fact sheets and quick cards for course participants and general distribution.

      Informative Emails and Safety Alerts are provided to the Alliance contact for distribution to students and professional colleagues.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health


    The OSHA-BRAO, CAS attended an information booth at the LSU Career Expo (September 14, 2009) to promote career opportunities, education and workplace safety and health resources that are available through OSHA and LSU. Publications and information were provided at the event which drew over 3,000 attendees.


    LSU-Continuing Education now has access to a greater of amount of educational information and has been exposed to OSHA’s continued efforts to reach at-risk industry workers by the sharing of current events, safety alerts and best practices.

    During each COSS training course the OSHA-BRAO, CAS has conducted an OSHA Update presentation and provided literature which included educational brochures, pamphlets and training materials. Topics provided but were not limited to: Process Safety Management, Emergency Preparedness, Pandemic Flu Preparedness, and Construction Safety.

  5. Type of Activity

    2009-2010 Training and Outreach Activity

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained


    October 29, 2009  -Certified Occupational Specialist Course, LSU Campus


    December 3, 2009 - Certified Occupational Specialist Course, LSU Campus


    January 28, 2010 - Certified Occupational Specialist Course, LSU Campus


    February 25, 2010 - Certified Occupational Specialist Course, Center for Petroleum Workforce Development.


    June 15, 2010 - Certified Occupational Specialist Course, LSU Campus


    July 29, 2010 - Certified Occupational Specialist Course, Center for Petroleum Workforce Development.


    August 26, 2010 - Certified Occupational Specialist Course, LSU Campus


    September 14, 2010 – LSU Career Expo, LSU Campus

    3,000 (approximate attendance*)



  6. Upcoming Milestones

    During the upcoming year, OSHA and LSU-Continuing Education will continue to work together through the Alliance to provide employers, employees and the public update-to-date and relevant safety and health information through training course presentations, campus events, and OSHA outreach publications.