Slips, trips and falls are one of the primary risk exposures at FSU. Both General Liability (third party claims) and Workers' Compensation (injured employees) Insurance claims for slips, trips and falls are generally the most frequent and costly that occur at FSU. FSU is not alone when considering these types of claims causes. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, in the U.S., there are more than 8.7 million people injured from slip, trip and fall incidents every year. The most common injuries are joint injuries, typically to the wrist, elbow, shoulder and knee. Back injuries also occur often. These types of injuries affect every aspect of business, from employees to contractors, visitors and the public.
The Zurich Services Corporation has developed a simple "slip, trip and fall assessment guide", a framework to evaluate and assess the potential risk associated with these types of accidents. To access the guide click on the link below.
Slip, Trip and Fall Assessment Guide
Our FSU Laboratory Safety Officer, Janice Dodge served on the task force for this ACS Committee and directly contributed key portions of this document from tools that she developed for use at our own University.
Report: Texas Tech University Chemistry Lab Explosion
Recommendation Number(s): 2010 5 I TX R2
Date Issued: September 30, 2011 (released October 19, 2011)
Recipient: American Chemical Society (ACS)
New Status: Closed – Exceeds Recommended Action
Date of Status Change: Pending Board vote
Recommendation Text(s): Develop good practice guidance that identifies and describes methodologies to assess and control hazards that can be used successfully in a research laboratory.
Board Status Change Decision
Rationale for Recommendation
On January 7, 2010, a graduate student within the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at Texas Tech University (TTU) was severely injured after the chemical he was working with unexpectedly detonated. The CSB’s investigation found that the physical hazards of the student’s research were not effectively assessed and controlled, and that comprehensive hazard evaluation guidance for research laboratories did not exist. The non-profit American Chemical Society (ACS) has published several widely-accessed publications related to safety and health as it relates to chemistry; therefore, the Board recommended that ACS develop guidance for assessing and controlling hazards in research laboratories.
Response to the Recommendation
On May 28, 2015, the ACS published a draft second document: Identifying and Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories: Guidelines developed by the Hazards Identification and Evaluation Task Force of the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Chemical Safety.1
The scope of the ACS document indicates that it is intended for use for laboratory researchers “without deference to where they are in their careers” all with “varied approaches to learning and experimental design and who may require different kinds of assessment tools.”
The document identifies and describes in detail five different methodologies for “identification of hazards, analysis of the risks presented by each hazard [and] a selection of controls that will allow the work to be done safely”: Chemical Safety Levels/Control Banding, Job Hazard Analysis, What-if Analysis, Checklists and Structured Development of Standard Operating Procedures.
The document also addresses the variable nature of the work conducted within research laboratories and provides practical examples of changes that might require a hazard analysis, discusses factors that affect recognition of change and provides organizational strategies for ensuring recognition of, and appropriate response to, significant changes in research environments. Consistent with the CSB’s case study, the document emphasizes the importance of both reporting and discussing “incidents, near misses, and close calls.” The ACS’s publication emphasizes the importance of striving for continuous improvement by identifying lessons learned during the course of work, and using lessons learned to inform future hazard evaluations.
1 Available at: http://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/about/governance/committees/chemicalsafety/publications/identifying-and-evaluating-hazards-in-research-laboratories.pdf
Board Analysis and Decision
ACS’s document, Identifying and Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories, exceeds the CSB Recommendation No. 2010-05-I-TX-R2. The thoroughness of the publication, accompanied by the additional publication on safety culture, is beyond what the CSB requested in its recommendation. Therefore, the Board voted to change the status of the CSB’s Recommendation No. 2010-5-I-TX-R2 to: “Closed- Exceeds Recommended Action.”
The Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Risk Management produces a periodic newsletter titled Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook. In this issue, the following topics are presented:
- Using Division of Risk Management Claim Reports to Augment Safety Program Effectiveness
- Best Practices: Targeted Training at the University of South Florida
- Hurricane Safety
- Heat Illness Poster
- High Blood Pressure Education and Awareness
- First Aid in the Workplaces
Click here to open the newsletter: Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook
Stress can hit you when you least expect it—before a test, after an accident, or during conflict in a relationship. While everyone experiences stress at times, a prolonged bout of it can affect your health and ability to cope with life. That’s why social support and self-care are important. They can help you see your problems in perspective…and the stressful feelings ease up.
Antibiotics are an important tool in healthcare, but they must be used only when necessary and appropriately. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a stewardship program for patients and professionals that provides the following guidelines:
- Don’t use antibiotics when they aren’t necessary
- Take your antibiotics exactly as your doctor tells you
- Don’t share or save antibiotics
For more information please see:
Because of the large number of cases of tick borne diseases the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been looking at ways to share information. This application has been designed as a way for health care providers to access concise, comprehensive, and updated information about the prevention, identification, and treatment of tick borne diseases.
Sitting for many hours of the day has been shown to adversely impact health, even for those who exercise after work. A newly published study shows that adding 2 minutes of strolling each hour confers a health benefit and may improve longevity. See details of the study here.