News From American Society of Safety Engineers

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News From American Society of Safety Engineers

The American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) Greater Baton Rouge chapter and the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Baton Rouge area office have formed a formal alliance. The alliance aims to provide occupational safety, health and environmental professionals with access to additional training resources as they work to enhance employees' safety and health.

The alliance was created following a number of on-the-job deaths that the OSHA Baton Rouge area office investigated within the last three years involving specific hazards. As such, the new alliance will target these hazards, which include falls, combustible dusts, trenching/excavation, "struck-by" object hazards associated with local petro-chemical and construction industries, and more.

The alliance training and education goals include working together to develop training and education programs for general and construction industries regarding fall hazards, combustible dust, trenching and excavation hazards, and struck-by object hazards, and to communicate such information to employers and employees in those industries.

The Permian Basin chapter in Midland, Texas, has donated $25,000 to the ASSE Foundation toward the establishment of an annual $1,000 scholarship, the "Permian Basin Chapter Endowment."

The scholarship will be available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an environmental, health and safety program within ASSE's Region III (Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas). The first award will be offered to students for the 2009 academic year.

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