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Effective Safety and Health Management starts with Training

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Co-written by Keith Brown, USF SafetyFlorida Safety Supervisor and Pat Stark, CHST, PCC, PCG, USF SafetyFlorida Safety Consultant There is usually a time in an organization when the question gets asked: “Was he/she provided adequate and effective safety training?” Unfortunately, this question, or one very similar, occurs after a worker […]

What’s wrong with this picture?

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Photographs are a learning tool of how accidents can be prevented. Thank you to Margaret Hennis our USF SafetyFlorida contributor for July. Hazards: Accumulated and combustible debris (boxes) is blocking an emergency exit and a fire extinguisher. Violation(s): 1910.37(a)(1) Exit routes must be kept free of explosive or highly flammable […]

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 […]

A Note From The Director

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Prepare your workplace for hurricane season during a pandemic Dear Reader, A special thank you to everyone who attended the recent webinar on “Reopening America Amidst COVID-19”. During that webinar, we shared tools necessary to coordinate a safe reopening amidst a pandemic. Safety and Health experts discussed key topics including navigating interim guidance, critical elements of a preparedness plan, and realistic strategies for supporting business continuity. If you were unable to attend the webinar, you may view the recording by selecting the following link: https://bit.ly/3i35xTO. For access to the presentations, […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

| Featured News, OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Hazards Unsafe use of step ladder—worker using top/top step of step ladder-1926.1053(b)(13) See Photo for other potential hazards Consequences: Fall to lower level Severe injuries such as fractures; or, fatal injury Corrective Action: Employer needs to influence safe activity by positive reinforcement of safe work practices—key personnel recognizing workers verbally for performing their work safely; or, negative reinforcement—disciplinary action to workers observed not following recognized safe work practices. All workers using ladders need appropriate safe ladder use training by competent persons– 1926.1060(a)(1). The employer should have an active, current and […]

COVID-19 Small Business Resources

| Featured News, OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Written by: Adam Marty, PhD January 2020 started with news of a novel disease in a country half way around the world.  This novel disease would become what is known as COVID-19.  Six months later, the United States has experienced over 1.8 million cases of COVID-19, over 100,000 fatalities attributed to the disease, led to stay-at-home orders, and shuttered non-essential businesses across the country.  Indeed, this new disease has impacted virtually every aspect of American life. COVID-19 and public health have been a constant part of the news cycle since […]

A Webinar: Reopening America Amidst COVID-19

| Featured News, OSHA, USF Safety Florida

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

| Featured News, OSHA, USF Safety Florida

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 […]