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2019 USF Outstanding Staff Award recipients honored

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Several USF College of Public Health staff members were awarded the 2019 Outstanding Staff Awards. Each year, the University of South Florida seeks to recognize employees who exemplify “above and beyond” performance excellence through their daily commitment to the University. This year, the COPH recognized individual award winner Paige Hunt, […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

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Written by: Keith Brown, Safety Supervisor, USF SafetyFlorida Hazard(s): A portable air compressor was found being fed by two, 100 feet long, 16 gauge extension cords. While the extension cords were suspended overhead to avoid contact with the water on the floor, water was encroaching upon the area in which the air compressor was located. Violation(s):29 CFR 1926.403(b)(1) – Examination. The employer shall ensure that electrical equipment is free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees. Specifically, water was observed encroaching upon […]

Job Hazard Analysis in the Workplace

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Written by: Garrick Johnson, Health Consultant, USF SafetyFlorida Employees are exposed to hazards in the workplace on a daily basis and employers have the responsibility of protecting employees from these hazards.  Some hazards can lead to worse outcomes than others and some jobs are inherently more hazardous than others, but […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

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Written by: Adam Marty, PhD., Health Consultant A pallet of concrete was observed being used as an additional counterweight on a forklift. According to OSHA Standard 1910.178(q)(6), “Additional counterweighting of fork trucks shall not be done unless approved by the truck manufacturer.”  The standard also states that forklifts “shall not be altered so that the relative positions of the various parts are different from what they were when originally received from the manufacturer, nor shall they be altered either by the addition of extra parts not provided by the manufacturer […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

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Written by: Michael Tartal, Safety Consultant A respirator used by employees was not maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. The respirator was covered with paint spray, dirt, and grit. In addition, the respirator was not properly stored. OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.134(h)(1) states that “The employer shall provide each respirator user with a respirator that is clean, sanitary, and in good working order. The employer shall ensure that respirators are cleaned and disinfected using the procedures in Appendix B-2 of 29 CFR 1910.134, or procedures recommended by the respirator […]

A Balanced Approach to Workplace Safety and Health

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Worker safety has come a long way with the involvement of OSHA, the various On-Site Consultation Programs and the outreach training institutes. Today’s workplaces are much safer and healthier as a result. However, despite our progress, there continues to be a wide range of issues still left to be remedied as evidenced in the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standard violations report. Here at USF SafetyFlorida, we are committed to reducing work related illnesses and injuries through on-site workplace consultations. Secondarily, we help small businesses profit from safer workplaces, […]

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 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 […]