We had an outstanding turnout for our January Chapter Meeting. New Chapter Member and Give Kids the World Village Safety Manager Neal McCord hosted the meeting in the Peppermint Room. Give Kids The World Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with critical illnesses and their families. World-renowned speaker The Safety Training Ninja Regina McMichael gave an excellent presentation on how to improve safety training. Regina McMichael, CSP, CET, also known as The Safety Training Ninja, has helped companies for over 30 years. She has been developing, delivering, and implementing training programs for every type of organization, including family owned business, global, insurance, trade and professional associations and manufacturing, energy and construction companies. The system of great training works in every industry and discipline. Everyone left inspired by both the venue and our gracious and energetic speaker. Several members immediately approached Neal about volunteering at the village!
The Embry-Riddle Student Section of the Central Florida Chapter has been holding monthly laboratory sessions. These sessions allow students to engage in fun and interactive activities while learning practical skills for an OSH professional. The topic of the November meeting was “Forklift Physics.” Students learned about the various hazards of forklift operation by driving a remote-controlled forklift through a course. The session covered center of gravity, center of balance, the stability triangle, and the concept of momentum. Case studies of forklift accidents were also covered to relate these concepts to the real world. Student Section President Alex Hall reports “The meeting was a BLAST! Students really enjoyed the hands-on learning aspect and were fully engaged in this experiential learning on forklift safety.”
Chapter Member Ed Sowers recently passed the Certified Safety Professional exam. Ed is a Risk Management Specialist with Amerisure Insurance. Please join us in congratulating Ed on his recent accomplishment!
U.S. Department of Labor Approves New Respirator Fit Testing Protocols to Protect Workers from Airborne Contaminants
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a final rule that provides employers with two new fit testing protocols for ensuring that employees’ respirators fit properly.
The new protocols are the modified ambient aerosol condensation nuclei counter (CNC) quantitative fit testing protocol for full-facepiece and half-mask elastomeric respirators, and the modified ambient aerosol CNC quantitative fit testing protocol for filtering facepiece respirators. Both protocols are variations of the original OSHA-approved ambient aerosol CNC protocol, but have fewer test exercises, shorter exercise duration, and a more streamlined sampling sequence.
Gabbie Pace Selected as NSC Rising Star of Safety
Each year, the National Safety Council (NSC) honors individuals under age 40 with the Rising Stars of Safety Award for demonstrating leadership and dedication to safety at work. Nominees must have a proven track record of safety leadership and promoting continuous safety improvement. Central Florida Chapter Member, Emerging Professionals Chair, and Walt Disney World Safety Professional Gabbie Pace was selected from hundreds of applicants to be recognized with the 2019 class. “The Rising Stars seek new ways to tackle both emerging and long-standing safety issues,” said NSC President and CEO Lorraine Martin. “They are pillars of their organizations. They have what it takes to keep people around them safe with hard work, ingenuity and a fresh perspective.”
The NSC recognized Gabbie for her dedication and passion to safety and wellness, including her work co-chairing the Magic Kingdom Wellness team, her partnership in rolling out the Industrial Athlete pilot, developing and driving the Magic Kingdom Merchandise Safety and Wellness strategy and associated tactics, all resulting in improved safety/wellness culture and an associated 60% reduction in OSHA incidents.
The 2019 Class of Rising Stars will be recognized at the NSC Congress & Expo in San Diego this week and featured the 2019 NSC Rising Stars in the September 2019 issue of Safety+Health magazine (article begins on page 78). NSC will continue to spotlight the achievements of 2019 honorees and look to all NSC Rising Stars as future leaders and valuable resources in preventing injuries and saving lives.
Please extend your congratulations to Gabbie!