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A Note from the Director

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Dear Reader, September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, a month in which brings about various weather-related hazards to our region. As we have learned in recent times, disasters wait for no one. It is a critical time for families and the small business community to plan for disasters now […]

Staying Ready: Hurricane Preparedness and your business

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

We should consider ourselves very lucky here in Florida. So far, we have dodged several hurricanes since the start of this year’s season. Unfortunately, luck can only take us so far. Along with saving lives, emergency planning and preparation can be critical to expediting recovery efforts and is often the catalyst during an emergency response.

A Note from the Director

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Dear Reader, It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Florida, widely known as the “Sunshine State” is on record as being the warmest state in our nation. Although, this may be great for beach-goers, for Florida’s workforce, extreme heat presents a new layer of challenges. Outdoor workers and workers in […]

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Investigating Near-Miss Incidents

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Written by Luis Silva, USF SafetyFlorida Health Consultant What is a Near Miss? Is an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage – but had the potential to do so. Other familiar terms for these events are a “close call”, “narrow escape”, or in the case […]

Whats wrong with this Picture?

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Safe storage and stacking is imperative to avoid collapse or tip over. In this month’s edition of “What’s Wrong With This Picture,” pallets were observed to be improperly stacked in a warehouse. Hazard: A pallet was observed to be stacked in an unstable manner. Violation: 1910.176 (b) Secure storage. Storage […]

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 […]