A Note from the Director

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Dear Reader,  

As business operations resume, it is important to consider employer responsibility for providing a safe and healthful workplace that is free of recognized hazards. We understand how difficult it can be to adjust your operations with guidance constantly evolving. Here are a few steps all employers can take to reduce workers risk of exposure to COVID-19 transmission:  

  • Develop an Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan 
  • Implement Basic Infection Prevention Measures 
  • Identify and Isolate Sick People, if Appropriate 
  • Develop, Implement, and Communicate about Workplace Flexibilities and Protections 
  • Follow Existing OSHA Standards 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed guidance to assist employers and workers in safely returning to work and reopening businesses deemed by local authorities as “non-essential businesses”. This guide can be accessed at www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA4045.pdf 

In other news, with average temperatures of 90 degrees Fahrenheit, July is historically Florida’s hottest month. During this time, dozens of workers die and thousands more become ill while working in extreme heat or humid conditions. There are a range of heat illnesses and they can affect anyone, regardless of age or physical condition.  

Heat illness prevention can be simple! Join the USF SafetyFlorida Consultation Program in partnership with the USF OTI Education Center on September 23rd, 2020 from 9:00am to 10:30am for a free webinar where we will raise awareness to OSHA’s Water.Rest.Shade initiative by discussing what heat illness is, steps to prevent heat illness, recognizing the signs and symptoms of heat illness, plus much more. Click here to register.  

With over 150 years of combined occupational safety and health expertise, USF SafetyFlorida stands ready to provide expert compliance assistance to small employers across all industries. To request a no-cost, on-site hazard assessment please visit our website www.usfsafetyflorida.com or give us a call toll free (866) 273 1105. 

Stay Safe,
Brian L. Warrick, PhD, CSP, CIHProgram Director