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A Note From the Director

| Featured News, OSHA, USF Safety Florida

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 deaths were the result of a prescription or illicit opioid. This crisis is devastating and impacting workers on a daily basis.  Several warning signs that managers and supervisors should be cognizant of include: Physical indicators:  […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

| EOH, Featured News, OSHA, USF Safety Florida

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 […]

Cruel Summer

| EOH, Featured News, OSHA, USF Safety Florida

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 or agriculture are especially at risk. Workers’ exposed to extreme heat are at greater risk of heat-related disorders like heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Employers and employees must know the signs and symptoms of heat […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

| Featured News, OSHA, USF Safety Florida

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 […]

From the Director’s Desk

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

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 […]

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire: A Brief History on Fire Safety Regulation

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

The origins of fire protection engineering can be traced back to Ancient Rome. After a devastating fire that destroyed nearly half the city, the Emperor Nero directed that the city be rebuilt utilizing passive fire protection methods, such as space separation and non-combustible building materials. In the early 1900’s several deadly fires in New York City’s garment industry ignited public outrage over the conditions to which workers were subjected. One fire in particular motivated the city and state to act. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City occurred […]

L&D Teams Across Florida Hone C-Section Prevention Skills

| FPQC

Since early 2018, Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative trainers have traveled the state teaching Labor Support Skills Workshops to promote primary vaginal deliveries to OB care providers. During the FPQC Labor Support workshops, nurses, midwives and physicians, have an opportunity to learn evidence-based strategies to prevent cesarean sections.  A Certified Nurse-Midwife […]