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Fall Protection: Don’t Take a Chance with Non-Compliance

The time has come for residential contractors and sub-contractors to stop making excuses about why they can’t provide positive conventional methods of fall protection (guardrail system, safety net system or personal fall arrest system) for all employees.

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Training, Evaluation and Certification Requirements for Forklift Operators

Training your employees in the proper performance of their job is time and money well spent.

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Safety First is the Beauty in Landscaping

The safety and health team at USF Safety Florida knows that when it comes to jobsite safety, no amount of advanced equipment technology or design can replace safe work practices. I’ve seen it firsthand: When businesses pursue safety as earnestly as productivity and quality, long-term zero-incident performance follows.

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Trenches and Excavations: Some Insights

I’ve surveyed or spoken to quite a few companies during my career that have a trunk-full of excavation/trenching recorded safety training sheets or certificates; they have a safety program that spells out (or actually regurgitates the OSHA standards) the safety rules for trench work.

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Are You at Risk for Heat Stress?

Mylene Kellerman

Mylene Kellerman
Safety and Health Supervisor

“One hundred million Americans broil in extreme heat.”

“Heat wave cooks much of the country.”

The personal experience of you and your employees may not need these recent news headlines to confirm that all of us are in the midst of a scorching summer.

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Help! What Should I do After Receiving a Letter from OSHA?

As a member of USF SafetyFlorida’s management team, I receive a number of employer calls asking what action should be taken after receiving a letter from one of Florida’s OSHA area offices. I hear everything from …

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Guarding Against Pallet Wrapper Injuries

I always pay special attention to pallet wrappers each time I see them inside a warehouse. While plastic wrappers may look like a small karaoke stage, the platform actually spins, and can make you dizzy enough to fall over if you were to step on it.

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Revised Standard to Help Workers Better Understand Chemicals

On March 26, 2012, OSHA published its revised Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) to align with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

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Hazard Analysis: How It Can Help Your Business’s Bottom Line

One of the satisfactions of being a USF SafetyFlorida consultant is helping employers identify hazards that could cause an illness or injury to one or more of their employees.

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Barreling Toward Dread

While driving, the very sight of orange cones, barrels and other construction signage creates a sense of dread in me. It seems as if nearly every major highway I travel has some sort of on-going project.

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