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May 18
Two Minutes of Walking per Hour May Lead to Better Health and Longer Lives

​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.

May 06
Food Preservation

Home canning is an excellent way to preserve garden produce and share it with family and friends, but it can be risky or even deadly if not done correctly and safely.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have compiled information to help make sure your canning experience is nutritious and successful, click the following link to learn more:

May 06
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month. In 2013, state and local health departments reported over 35,000 cases of Lyme disease to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), making it the fifth most commonly reported Nationally notifiable condition. Research suggests that as many as 300,000 Americans may be diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease each year.​  To learn more about this disease click the following link:

May 06
Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Risk Management Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook:  Issue 2 | Volume 6 | March-April 2015

​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:

  • Distracted Driving Awareness Month
  • Distracted Driving Poster
  • Fighting the Flu
  • What's the Buzz on Mosquitoes

Click here to open the newsletter:  Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook

April 28
College Campus Safety

​With all the incidents occuring on college campuses around the country, student safety is a priority for campus administration and safety departments. Many news reports cite the Clery Act reports when refering to various incidents that occur on campuses. What is this act and what information does it provide to the public? A college campus news website discusses the Clery Act topics from campus fire safety to reporting sexual violience and provides information about the Act. To see FSU's annual report please visit

April 27
Five Minutes for Health

According to the CDC small changes that take less than 5 minutes can go a long way to improve or maintain good health. ​ The following article lists those actions:
April 21
The Dastardly Chemistry of BBQ

Are you grilling your burgers and chicken safely?  Read here to find out...

April 10
Summer Time is Fast Approaching

Working or playing in the intense Florida sun can be fun and yet harmful.  Protect yourself from the harmful effects of Florida sunshine.

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are a part of sunlight that is an invisible form of radiation. UV rays can penetrate and change the structure of skin cells. There are three types of UV rays: ultraviolet A (UVA), ultraviolet B (UVB), and ultraviolet C (UVC). UVA is the most abundant source of solar radiation at the earth's surface and penetrates beyond the top layer of human skin. Scientists believe that UVA radiation can cause damage to connective tissue and increase a person's risk for developing skin cancer. UVB rays penetrate less deeply into skin, but can still cause some forms of skin cancer. Natural UVC rays do not pose a risk to workers because they are absorbed by the Earth's atmosphere.

Learn how to protect yourself from harmful effects of overexposure to Ultra-Violet (UV) radiation here: UV exposure.

Cancer is the most dangerous effect of overexposure but there also exists the possibility of eye damage, sunburn, and heat stress.

April 10
National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health Posts Web Page on Cleaning and Custodial Services

NIOSH has posted a new topic page on cleaning and custodial services. This safety and health topic page describes hazards associated with cleaning tasks and lists NIOSH links to blogs, publications, and other topic pages with recommendations for reducing exposure to those hazards. The topic page also lists resources from academia, other government agencies, industry, and private organizations.  The topic page can be found at:

Publications can be found at:

March 17
New OSHA Report on Injuries, Workers’ Compensation, and Income

A new OSHA report issued last week describes the financial and social costs of occupational injuries and illnesses and how they contribute to income inequality in the U.S. The report, "Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job," is available as a PDF on OSHA’s website.

According to OSHA, injured workers, their families, and taxpayer-supported programs pay most of the costs associated with workplace injuries, including lost income and medical care. The report states that changes in state-based workers’ compensation insurance programs have made it difficult for workers with compensable injuries or illnesses to receive all the benefits to which they are entitled. OSHA notes that employers also bear responsibility for this shift in cost: employers now provide only about 20 percent of the overall financial cost of workplace injuries and illnesses through workers’ compensation.

The agency cites changes in the structure of employment relationships in the U.S.—the misclassification of wage employees as independent contractors and the increased use of temporary workers, for example—as factors that exacerbate the incidence and consequences of workplace injuries and illnesses. This changing structure of work in the U.S. is part of a trend that David Weil, PhD, administrator of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division, refers to as the "fissured workplace."

The most effective solution to the problem is to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses from occurring in the first place. Reduction in the number of work injuries and illnesses would also have a significant impact on healthcare system costs, reducing expenditures for hospitalizations and other medical care.

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