A Note From the Director

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Combating The Opioid Crisis in America Dear Reader: The opioid abuse crisis in the workplace demands our immediate attention.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) drug overdose related deaths are on the rise in the United States. In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses. Almost 68% of those […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

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By: Noel (Mac) McCatty, USF Safety Consultant It is a requirement of OSHA that employees be given a safe and healthy workplace that is reasonably free of occupational hazards. However, it is unrealistic to expect accidents not to happen. Therefore, employers are required to provide medical and first aid personnel and supplies commensurate with the […]

Cruel Summer

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Co-written by: Dr. Thomas Bernard, University of South Florida Faculty andDavid Ashman, USF SafetyFlorida Safety Consultant Although summer has officially ended and autumn is here, the hot weather has been relentless in the sunshine state, especially in the southern region. The blistering heat has broken record highs this year alone. Those working outside in construction […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

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Hazard:Falls from portable ladders are a major source of injury in the workplace. They are usually more serious than other physical injuries in the workplace, and more costly for everyone in terms of time loss, compensation costs and human suffering. Applicable OSHA Standards violated: 1910.23(c)(7) Ladders placed in locations such as passageways, doorways, or driveways […]

From the Director’s Desk

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As we close one fiscal year and enter into the next, we look back at some of our accomplishments in FY 2019. Several milestones include: Removing 29,604 workers from occupational safety hazards Saved Florida’s small business owners an estimated $127 million Offering exceptional outreach training initiatives Supporting OSHA’s mission to increase awareness and reduce occupational […]

COPH professors testify on Capitol Hill

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Two USF College of Public Health faculty members traveled to the Capitol area to provide input on their various areas of expertise. Dr. Kevin Kip, distinguished USF Health professor, served on the FDA Circulatory System Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee and Dr. Thomas Bernard, professor of occupational health, gave his testimony at […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

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Written by: Gabe Garcia, PCG, PCC, PCM Can you spot the hazard(s) in the image above? If you said partially opened cooler and no disposable drinking cups, you are partially right. Applicable standards 1910.141(b)(1)(iii) Portable drinking water dispensers shall be designed, constructed, and serviced so that sanitary conditions are maintained, shall be capable of being […]