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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 […]

Healthy Start Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties wins FPQC Director’s Award

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The Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative’s Director’s Award goes to an organization that has gone above and beyond to assist the FPQC in improving the health and health care of moms and babies in Florida.  “Dixie Morgese and the Healthy Start Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties clearly exemplify this in the Collaborative’s effort to address the state’s neonatal opioid withdrawal crisis through improving the care for moms and infants,” said FPQC Director Bill Sappenfield. The Coalition has made multiple contributions to the FPQC’s Maternal Opioid Recovery Effort (MORE) and Neonatal […]

New HRSA funding to help combat COVID-19 among HIV-positive community

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The USF College of Public Health’s (COPH) Florida Family AIDS Network (FAN) has been awarded HRSA funding to provide additional COVID-19 testing and resources to women, infants, children and youth living with HIV and their families. The funding, provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), […]

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 […]