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August Meeting – Tools to Identify and Manage Silica Exposure

Posted: Jul 27, 2018

Join us for our August Meeting as we hold a Joint Meeting with our friends over at RIMS Southwest Florida Chapter (the Risk Management Society), who will graciously host the meeting at the Tiburon Golf Club.

Session Description

Employees in both the General and Construction industries involved in respirable crystalline silica-producing tasks should receive training before being assigned work. This one-hour class will afford participants basic tools to identify and manage silica exposure. Topics will include the key provisions of the new OSHA regulations; identifying materials, products and tasks that may create silica hazards; understanding health risks and the medical surveillance program; managing exposure with an exposure control plan; implementing appropriate personal protective equipment and hygiene practices; and identifying a competent person to implement the silica control plan and inspect the job site, materials and equipment.

Registration for the August Meeting is available here.

Please register before 12:00 pm on August 16 to ensure you spot at this event.

July Meeting – 6 Steps to Safer Digging, Brian Dean with Sunshine 811

Posted: Jul 11, 2018

Join us for our July Meeting as we present “6 Steps to Safer Digging”.

Session Description

Key Training Elements

  • Prepare to Call
  • 811 Before You Dig – When to call and what information is needed
  • Wait the Required Time
  • Verify Positive Response – When to check and why PR is so important
  • Protect the Marks
  • Dig Carefully – Observe the tolerance zone

Brian has worked for Sunshine State One Call of Florida since June 2006.  Sunshine State One Call serves as the call center for persons excavating in the state of Florida and maintains a primary focus on the prevention of damages to underground facilities.  As a Damage Prevention Liaison, Brian conducts “Call before You Dig” educational sessions for utility groups, contractors, citizen groups, code enforcement, and law enforcement officers along the gulf coast of Florida from Lee to Citrus County.  Prior to working with Sunshine One Call, Brian worked for an environmental laboratory as the Field Operations and Radiochemistry Manager and at the city of Largo as the Environmental Manager.  Brian graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Environmental Science and Policy.

Networking will begin at 11:30, to be followed by lunch, and we will get in to the session presentation, followed by Q & A. 

Please register before 5:00 pm on July 25 to ensure you spot at this event.

Technology Caused Distraction – Safety Issues and Solutions download now available

Posted: Mar 23, 2017

Thanks to our presenter, David Fender, for February’s meeting topic “Technology Caused Distraction – Safety Issues and Solutions”. A copy of the presentation is now available here.

Florida-Distracted-2016.pdf (261 downloads)

Session Description
Changing technology can have many results, both good and bad.  One area that is getting increasing attention is the effect of human distraction resulting from technology.  Much of this focus has been on distracted driving although the issue is broader than this.
This presentation will directly address the issues and will present an up-to-date summary of the research on distracted operation of vehicles and equipment focusing on but not limited to cell phone usage.  Pedestrian use of cell phones, use of radios, and what research shows about other common potential distractions will be covered.  The application to other than driving will be illustrated.  This presentation will define exactly what the problem is through research instead of personal opinion, fables and “common sense.”  We will explain not only the “what” of distraction but also the “why,” which is something that has been missing in much of the discussion.
After establishing what we know and don’t know based upon research, we will discuss the legal issues and a court cases involving employee distraction, on and off the job.  This will end with recommendations on what should be considered by safety professionals in reducing distraction-caused issues, whether it is about driving/cell phone use or industrial policy.

About the Speaker
David Fender was a Professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University for 21 years, where he was the MS On-line Program Coordinator. He retired in 2016 and is currently an adjunct professor for MSU.  He previously worked as a safety professional in industry and with the US Army. He has experience with a broad range of safety issues including playgrounds, day care centers, vehicles, industrial system safety, management and aviation. He has been an OSHA outreach trainer and consulted for industry.
He received a Bachelor Degree from Central Missouri University, Masters Degree from the University of Southern California and Doctorate from Vanderbilt University. He has published several articles in safety & health journals and has written chapters in text and reference books the latest being in the ASSE publication “The Safety Professionals Handbook” and in Professional Safety on the safety use of tablets.