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August 25
Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Risk Management Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook:  Issue 4 | Volume 5 | July-August 2014

​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:

  • A focus on safety best practices, Part 3: employee engagement
  • Know your surroundings
  • Slippery when wet poster
  • Workers' compensation chart by cause for FY 13/14
  • Move over law includes more than emergency vehicles
  • DOT Defensive Driver Course
  • National Immunization Awareness Month
  • HSMV launches child safety awareness month
Click here to open the newsletter: Safety and Prevention Outlook
August 05
Review of Laboratory Safety Protocols and Practices

Recent incidents involving a potential anthrax exposure to laboratory personnel, the accidental contamination of a relatively benign flu sample with a dangerous H5N1 bird flu by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the discovery of previously unknown stocks of smallpox on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, have shown that even highly secure research facilities are not immune to mistakes and accidents. Fortunately, there have been no fatalities from these incidents. To ensure that no incidents like these occur at FSU, the Department of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) conducts routine laboratory and safety equipment inspections. To better avoid incidents like these from occurring and to uphold the laboratory safety standard at Florida State University (FSU), EH&S encourage all Principal Investigators, faculty, staff, and students at FSU attend the required safety training and to evaluate their laboratory safety protocols and practices and to call EH&S when safety questions arise. You may contact the EH&S main office at (850) 644-6895 or visit us on the web at www.safety.fsu.edu for additional information.

For additional information, see:

http://www.cdc.gov/od/science/integrity/docs/Final_Anthrax_Report.pdf

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0711-lab-safety-infographic.html

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/news/h5n1-influenza-shipment.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0711-lab-safety-infographic2.html

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/s0708-NIH.html

July 24
Sky Lantern Event Requests

​FSU Fire Safety periodiocaly recieves request to allow the release of sky lanterns from groups on campus. While the display of sky lanterns can evoke a sense of solace to people attending release events, their usage in the proximity of buildings and combustible vegetation can pose a significant fire hazard. The US Fire Administration disseminated an article that explains the threat posed by the hazardous devices. Coffee Break Training: Fire Threats from Sky Lanterns.

July 01
Happy Fourth of July!  If You Must Use Fireworks Use Them Safely

​FSU recommends that you enjoy the Fourth at a professional fireworks venue.  If you must set off fireworks at home please review and follow these safety tips.  Safety Doctor Fireworks Safety Tips

June 26
Norovirus what is it and how can it be controlled?

Norovirus is extremely contagious and everyone is at risk. It can spread from person to person, through food and water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. It causes stomach and intestine inflammation, which leads to nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. You're probably familiar with norovirus being spread on cruise ships, but cruise ships only make up 1 percent of all norovirus outbreaks. Read more: https://storify.com/APHA/preventing-norovirus-how-you-can-stay-healthy

June 26
New mosquito-spread virus confirmed in U.S.
With summer in full swing, it is always important to protect yourself from mosquito-borne illness.  This year a new virus is being confirmed in the U.S.  At this time, the painful disease has neither a cure nor a vaccine, so it is important to protect yourself.  To learn more http://dailydigestnews.com/2014/06/mosquitoes-spread-horrible-chikungunya-virus-to-u-s/
June 19
Silica Hazards from Engineered Stone Countertops

A new engineered stone countertop product known as “quartz surfacing” was created in the late 1980s by combining quartz aggregate with resins to create a product for use in home building and home improvement.  Manufacturing of this material, including products such as CaesarStone™, Silestone™, Zodiaq™, or Cambria™ is a fast growing industry.  First made in Israel and Spain, production of these materials has grown world-wide, driving quartz slab imports to the U.S. up 63% between 2011 and 2012 and 48% between April 2012 and April 2013 (Schwartzkopf 2013, StatWatch 2013).  Quartz surfacing materials may contain up to 93% crystalline silica (Dupont 2010).  In contrast, the percent of crystalline silica in a slab of granite is less than 45%, darker color granite has a lower percentage (Simcox et al. 1999).  Workers who fabricate and install quartz surfacing are at risk for overexposure to silica released during sizing, cutting, grinding, and polishing.  Prolonged inhalation of dust from silica-containing materials can lead to silicosis (scarring of the lungs).  In addition to silicosis, scientific evidence indicates that occupational exposure to crystalline silica puts workers at increased risk for other serious health conditions: chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), lung cancer, kidney and connective tissue disease, and tuberculosis. Read more on the following CDC link:http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2014/03/11/countertops/

June 19
Pandemic Planning

In planning for potential pandemics, CDC is continuously looking at methods to increase availability of safety equipment.  One key area is respirators.  The following link provides information on options to prolong existing and surge capacity supplies of respirators during infection with Novel Influenza A Viruses Associated with Severe Disease.  The page also contains additional links to more information for emergency planning. 

To read more, follow this link: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/hcwcontrols/pandemic-planning.html

June 19
High Blood Pressure

Nearly one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure, also called hypertension. High blood pressure is dangerous because it increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure, and death.  It is often called the silent killer because symptoms may not be seen until damage has occurred.  Are you one? Read more to find out the FDA consumer update on high blood pressure.

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm048534.htm

June 19
Do We Need to Challenge Respirator Filters With Biological Aerosols?

For decades, respirator researchers have been asked whether filters need to be tested with aerosols similar to those encountered in the environment.  In recent research NIOSH has strived to address the issue of biological aerosols versus other particles for testing repirators.  This article discusses that research.  To find out more follow the link:

 

 

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