A Note from the Director

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Dear Reader,

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, a month in which brings about various weather-related hazards to our region. As we have learned in recent times, disasters wait for no one. It is a critical time for families and the small business community to plan for disasters now and throughout the year. These times are especially unique, as we add the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to the mix. We now have to be concerned about biological risks and business continuity as we continue to navigate the current pandemic.

Although it can be difficult to determine which specific hazard will affect your organization or community, there are many things employers can do mitigate risk exposure. OSHA has developed a resource to aid employers in preparing for an emergency. This resource may be accessed by visiting https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/evacuation/index.html

A preemptive approach to workplace safety is often recommended as the most effective approach to injury and illness prevention. This remains true in regards to emergency planning. Whether your organization is establishing or updating an emergency action plan, no matter the industry or hazard, USF SafetyFlorida Consultation Program is readily accessible to assist you.  Putting together an emergency action plan that covers issues specific to your worksite can be completed in a matter of minutes using our effective and complimentary SafetyWriter tool. The online tool is accessible at https://usfsafetyflorida.force.com/s/. For the assistance of an occupational health and safety expert, request a free and confidential consultation at www.usfsafetyflorida.com or give us a call toll-free (866) 273 1105.

Stay Safe,

Dr. Brian L. Warrick, PhD, CSP, CIH
Program Director
USF SafetyFlorida