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USF SafetyFlorida Receives Second OSCAR Award from OSHA

OSCAR Award

Charlene Vespi, Program Director of the College of Public Health’s USF SafetyFlorida OSHA consultation program, was awarded a 2007 OSCAR by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Vespi received the award at OSHA’s annual consultation conference, April 10, in Newport, RI. OSCAR stands for OSHA’s Consultation Achievement Recognition and recognizes a state consultation program for outstanding achievements of a one-time, nonrecurring nature connected with or related to a special assignment that was not part of the Consultation Annual Project Plan (CAPP). Consultation programs in all states and territories provide small businesses with free and confidential safety consultation. The Florida program is funded by Florida’s Office of the Governor and is directed by OSHA. Yehia Hammad, SC.D., and Professor, Department of Environment and Occupational Health. OSHA gave the award to honor USF SafetyFlorida’s creation of three on-line small business safety management programs at www.safetyflorida.usf.edu. This is the second time in three years that OSHA has given the award to USF SafetyFlorida.

The USF SafetyFlorida Awarded OSHA OSCAR

OSHA Staff with Charlene

Celebrating the OSHA OSCAR award to Charlene Vespi, Program Director, USF SafetyFlorida, are (l-r) Paula White, Director, Cooperative and State Programs, OSHA; Ms. Vespi, holding the OSHA OSCAR trophy; Bob Graham, OSHA Region IV Consultation Program Manager; and Jonathan Snare, Acting Assistant Secretary, US Department of Labor – OSHA.

The USF SafetyFlorida OSHA Consultation Program was awarded an OSCAR by E. Tyna Coles, OSHA Deputy Director of Cooperative and State Programs, May 5, 2005, at the Annual Training Consultation Conference in Denver. OSCAR stands for OSHA’s Consultation Achievement Recognition and recognizes a state consultation program for outstanding achievements of a one-time, nonrecurring nature connected with or related to a special assignment that was not part of the Consultation Annual Project Plan (CAPP).

Ms. Charlene Vespi, Program Director of USF SafetyFlorida, accepted the award “on behalf of a USF SafetyFlorida consultation team that went above and beyond the call of duty in responding to the home and business safety needs of Florida residents and workers dealing with four hurricanes in six weeks during the late summer of 2004.”

Dr. Yehia Hammad, Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health and Director of the USF SafetyFlorida OSHA Consultation Program, said, “I am very pleased that SF SafetyFlorida was nominated for the award by the Region IV (Atlanta) Consultation Project Office. This is special recognition of the USF teamwork within the OSHA family and for their service through USF to the citizens of Florida.” Criteria for the award included performing exceptional work on a one-time special assignment resulting in significant contribution to the small business community or to the overall positive public image of the state’s On-Site Consultation Program.

USF SafetyFlorida is a free and confidential small business safety consultation program administered by the USF College of Public Health. The program’s mission is to demonstrate how reducing workplace injuries and illnesses can help small businesses profit from safety in today’s competitive marketplace. USF Consequently, SafetyFlorida’s special areas of emphasis during 2005 are high-injury and illness business sectors such as concrete, fruits and vegetables, shipbuilding and boat repair, landscaping, and warehousing. USF SafetyFlorida is also administering two major Hispanic family health and safety fairs, the Feria Familiar de Salud y Seguridad, June 4 (Homestead) and August 20 (Kissimmee), to help reduce the disproportionately high rate of Hispanic injuries and fatalities among Florida’s landscaping, agricultural, and construction workers.