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A Webinar: Reopening America Amidst COVID-19

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Join us on Thursday, June 11th from 1 PM to 3 PM for a free webinar. This webinar will provide small employers with the tools necessary to coordinate a safe reopening amidst a pandemic. Join us on June 11th from 1 PM – 3 PM as experts discuss key topics including navigating the plethora of interim guidance, critical elements of a preparedness plan, and realistic strategies for supporting business continuity. Topics at a glance: How to minimize exposure in the workplace Signs, symptoms, and testing for Coronavirus Strategies to control […]

Tips for reopening your business during the pandemic

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Written by: William Tomlin, USF SafetyFlorida Health Supervisor SARS-CoV-2 has swept the nation, leaving many of us to grapple with how to best protect our employees.  We as safety professionals are facing  serious challenges in protecting our employees and preventing infections at our facilities. With the shelter-in-place orders lifting, we will have workers or office staff returning to our workplaces.  This article presents a few items that should be considered when reopening your workplace. These suggestions were taken from a webinar provided by the Texas OTIEC, hosted by Dan Rosenthal […]

Returning to work amidst COVID-19

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As we move closer to the reopening of our economy, it is important that employers consider implementing processes to mitigate the effects of potential future health hazards in their workplaces in addition to CDC guidelines such as social distancing, updated PPE requirements, temperature checking and COVID-19 testing. Maintaining a safe work environment for employees to return to not only is good for business, but also an obligation. The OSHA general duty clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, requires that each employer furnish a workplace that is […]

What’s Wrong With this Picture?

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Photographs are a learning tool of how accidents can be prevented. Can you spot what’s wrong with this picture? Hazards: Employees could enter a trench that exceeded five feet in depth that had not been sloped nor provided cave-in protection. A ladder or other means of egress was not provided to employees. The employee was not wearing head protection and was potentially exposed to falling material. Due to machinery in operation nearby and this job site being located on a major intersection, there was a possibility that the trench could […]

Various disciplines incorporating COVID-19 into lesson plans

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USF faculty members are finding palpable teaching opportunities to engage students while social distancing. Many have added the coronavirus to their syllabus, using real-life examples and online tools to meet educational requirements. “It’s disappointing to have the semester disrupted, but for the types of students that I am teaching, there […]

New USF analysis predicts a serious hospital bed shortage in Hillsborough County in the absence of social distancing

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This story originally published on April 3, 2020. A new report outlines the severity of COVID-19’s impact on hospitals in Hillsborough County if measures aren’t taken to follow social distancing guidelines. Researchers from the University of South Florida applied a model that demonstrates the demand for hospital beds could significantly […]

PhD student Shanda Vereen recognized for outstanding teaching

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On April 20, USF College of Public Health PhD student Shanda Veeren received the 2020 Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the health, medicine and behavioral science category. The award is presented by the USF Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence. This award was established in 1998 […]