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Dr. William Sappenfield receives March of Dimes service award

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USF College of Public Health’s Dr. William M. Sappenfield, director of the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC) and Chiles Center, has been named the recipient of the March of Dimes Florida Chapter’s 2019 Lawton Chiles Service Award. The award recognizes an individual whose work has positively influenced the advancement of […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

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Written by: Luis Silva, Health Consultant, USF SafetyFlorida According to OSHA Regulation CFR 1910.134(g)(1)(i)(A) –  Respirators shall not be worn when conditions which interfere with the face to facepiece seal or valve function are present.  Such conditions can include the presence of facial hair, a beard, extended sideburns, a skull […]

A pipeline to public health: COPH program cultivates future maternal & child health professionals

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If you explore the field of public health, you’ll notice that many of the statistics used to represent the health of nations involve mothers and children. And for good reason. The health of individuals and families is vital to the health of the larger communities in which they live. In […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Written by: Adam Marty, PhD., Health Consultant A pallet of concrete was observed being used as an additional counterweight on a forklift. According to OSHA Standard 1910.178(q)(6), “Additional counterweighting of fork trucks shall not be done unless approved by the truck manufacturer.”  The standard also states that forklifts “shall not be altered so that the relative positions of the various parts are different from what they were when originally received from the manufacturer, nor shall they be altered either by the addition of extra parts not provided by the manufacturer […]

William Sappenfield receives March of Dimes Service Award

| FPQC

The Florida Chapter of the March of Dimes announced the recipient of its 2019 Lawton Chiles Service Award: Dr. William M. Sappenfield, director of the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative. The award recognizes an individual whose work has positively influenced the advancement of maternal and child health in the state of […]

Hospitals vow to do MORE: FPQC’s new Maternal Opioid Recovery Effort

| FPQC

November 14, 2019 marked the kickoff for the newest maternal quality improvement initiative developed by the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC) – the Maternal Opioid Recovery Effort (MORE). Over 120 representatives from 23 hospitals, 11 Healthy Start Coalitions, several Medicaid managed care organizations and state agencies attended this day-long event […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Written by: Michael Tartal, Safety Consultant A respirator used by employees was not maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. The respirator was covered with paint spray, dirt, and grit. In addition, the respirator was not properly stored. OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.134(h)(1) states that “The employer shall provide each respirator user with a respirator that is clean, sanitary, and in good working order. The employer shall ensure that respirators are cleaned and disinfected using the procedures in Appendix B-2 of 29 CFR 1910.134, or procedures recommended by the respirator […]