Please be advised that effective January 1, 2014, AmeriSys
will be assuming the medical case management of all new and existing Workers’
All new injuries with the exception of those not requiring
medical treatment must be reported to AmeriSys at 1-800-455-2079.
An AmeriSys representative will direct medical treatment. As in the past
when reporting a workplace injury, both the Supervisor/Department
Representative and the Employee should be together at the time the injury is
reported to AmeriSys.
If emergency treatment is necessary, call 911 then report
the claim to AmeriSys after treatment has been provided.
Please note this change in your injury reporting policies
and procedures. For additional information please see the University’s
procedure for Reporting
a Workplace Injury or Illness (http://www.safety.fsu.edu/wcreporting.html).
The number and medical case manager will be updated January 1, 2014
In the United States in 2010,* 206,966 women were diagnosed with breast cancer, and 40,996 women died from the disease.† Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. CDC supports breast cancer surveillance and research, and provides free or low-cost mammograms to underserved women. For further detailed information click on this link. Center for Disease Control - Breast Cancer
*Latest year for which statistics are available. †Source: USCS.
Your mind will stay better focused on your driving if your body is properly fit to a clean, organized vehicle with a clear field of vision. Learn about keeping your mind, body, and vehicle connected here.
FSU’s Driving Policies and Accident Reporting Procedures
All employees that drive an FSU vehicle must comply with the University’s Vehicle Use Policy.
Additional information concerning insurance and accident reporting are available in the Automobile Liability Policy. Also remember to check your vehicle to ensure a copy of the Insurance card is present. Important insurance information and actions to take if you are involved in an accident are provided on the card. Additional copies are available from EH&S.
Your only physical connection to the road is your tires. If a tire issue arises while driving, the window of time for avoiding a crash is very small. Develop a habit of maintaining proper tire pressure along with regular inspection of tire tread depth and rubber condition to prevent having a tire problem. Learn more about maintaining your tires and brakes here.
Check Your Tire Tread: The Three-Step “Penny Check”
Over half of all drivers don’t know how to tell if their tires are bald. It is easy to check to see if you have enough tread on your tires; do you have a penny? Learn how to perform the '"Penny Check" here.
Just as important as keeping your vehicle well maintained, YOU need to
keep your body fueled, well-oiled, and energized so YOU'RE ready to handle the challenges of safe driving. Learn more about keeping YOU running smoothly here.
Take a Clear Look at Vision
Nearly all of the sensory input needed to drive comes from
visual cues. If your vision is impaired, so is your ability to drive safely. The faster you travel, the less time you have to
see things and react to them. Poor
distance vision and excessive speed can have disastrous results. Take a clear look how vision can affect your
A variety of employees at FSU routinely operate a golf cart/utility vehicle (cart) as part of their daily routines. Although carts are a great way to get around campus, there are inherent safety and maintenance concerns that operators must consider. Provided below are safety and maintenance tips that if followed can potentially reduce the risk of an accident or breakdown. Some of the tips are components of the required operational procedures in the University's Golf Cart, Utility Vehicle and All-Terrain Vehicle Policy. All operators of a cart at FSU are governed by the Policy. Operators must review the Policy and sign an acknowledgement form prior to operating a cart.
- Never drive recklessly or joy ride.
Drive courteously. Obey all vehicle traffic laws and rules of the road.
- Avoid distractions while operating
the Cart just as you would in an automobile. Be safe and attentive - avoid
talking, texting, or reading while driving, reaching for objects, applying
makeup or eating.
- If available, the driver and all
occupants should utilize available seatbelts anytime the vehicle is in use.
- Only carry the number of passengers
for which there are seats.
- Drivers and all passengers should
keep all body parts (arms, legs, feet) inside Cart while vehicle is in motion,
except when signaling a turn.
- Do not allow anyone to ride standing
in the Cart or on the back platform of the Cart. Do not put cart in motion
until all passengers are safely seated inside vehicle.
- Operate the Cart from the driver’s
- Always use hand signals to indicate
your intent to turn due to the small size and limited visibility of the turn
signals on a Cart.
- Check blind spots before turning.
When making a left hand turn, yield to the thru traffic lane and merge into
that lane before turning left.
- Carefully turn and look behind Cart before backing up.
- Avoid sharp turns at maximum speed, and drive straight up
and down slopes to reduce the risk of passenger ejections and/or rollover.
Avoid excessive speed, sudden starts, stops and fast turns.
- Reduce speed due to driving conditions, especially hills or
other inclines or declines, blind corners, intersections, pedestrians and
- Do not leave keys in Cart while unattended and make sure the
parking brake is set.
- Always yield to pedestrians and be cognizant of motor
- Use extreme caution in inclement
weather. Although a Cart may shield you from the rain, it may not protect you
from a lightning strike.
- Check tires for proper inflation or
punctures, screws, nails, etc.
- Have brakes and steering serviced
immediately if they are not working properly.
- Make sure headlights and brake
lights are operational, especially before using a Cart after dusk or in
- Look for battery or other fluid
leaks indicated by wet spots under the Cart.
- Recharge the Cart in a safe, dry,
charging station, with a fire extinguisher nearby.
- Never recharge near an open flame or
ignition source. Never smoke in your recharge area.
- Recharge batteries only with a
charger that is designed to shut off automatically when the batteries are fully
- Remember to unplug all battery
charger cords before using the Cart. Do not allow towels or Cart accessories to
hang down over turn signals or brake lights.
Did you know a new Florida law banning texting while driving was enacted on October 1, 2013? The Sunshine State becomes the 41st state to impose some sort of ban on texting at the wheel. To learn more about the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law” access the 2013 Florida Statutes online at: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/STATUTES/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.305.html
If you are traveling by car for business or pleasure and want information about other State laws concerning distracted driving, distraction.gov provides an in-depth interactive map for the United States that is updated once per year. To access the map follow this link: http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/state-laws.html
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger and bystander safety.
To learn more about the types of distracted driving visit Distraction.GOV: http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/facts-and-statistics.html
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions that will help you better understand the safety threat posed by texting and cell phone use on America's roadways: http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/faq.html
Are You Guilty of “Presenteeism” Behind the Wheel?Have you ever driven when you are sick, stressed or distracted? Being present and engaged behind the wheel means you are driving actively. Learn about active driving.
Many over-the-counter and prescription drugs for common ailments, including allergies, colds, depression, muscle pain, anxiety disorders and high blood pressure can cause drowsiness, slow reaction time and impair vision and coordination. Check to see what how your medications can affect your driving: http://www.roadwiserx.com/
Facts about home clothes dryer fires
- 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
- The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them (34 percent).
- More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.
To learn more about the causes and incidence of home clothes dryer fires, download this report Clothes Dryer Fires in Residential Buildings 2008-2010 (PDF, 612 Kb).