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Free Seminar – Confined Space in Construction

Posted: Dec 10, 2019

Confined spaces are not designed for continuous occupancy and are difficult to exit in the event of an emergency. People working in confined spaces face life threatening hazards including exposure to toxic substances, electrocutions, explosions, and asphyxiation.

Join USF SafetyFlorida and USF OTI Education Center on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM for a FREE seminar on confined spaces geared towards the construction industry. This seminar will cover the requirements of the OSHA permit-required confined space standard, safety and health hazards associated with confined space entry and evaluating, preventing, and abating related hazards.

Small employers, employees, managers, supervisors, and safety and health personnel in the construction industry are strongly encouraged to attend.

Click here to register.

Annual Volunteer Event: Give Kids the World Village

Posted: Dec 10, 2019

Join us for our annual volunteer event at Give Kids the World Village (GKTW) on April 3rd from 12 PM – 4 PM.  Central Florida Chapter Member and GKTW Safety Director Neal McCord is hosting us for lunch at noon, which will be followed by our volunteer work from 1 PM – 4 PM.  GKTW is located at 210 S Bass Road, Kissimmee, FL.  Everyone will need to RSVP using the events page so we have a lunch headcount.

More about GKTW:  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.  The Village and its community partners provide children and their families accommodations in fully-furnished villas, transportation, tickets to theme parks, meals, daily entertainment and much more. Each year 27,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with a critical illness. Half of all children eligible for a wish through a partnering wish-granting organization choose to visit Central Florida and its collection of theme parks and other attractions. Our goal, quite simply, is to provide everything these deserving families need to make their trip the vacation of a lifetime. Since 1986, more than 167,000 children and families have had their dreams fulfilled in a whimsical Village unlike any other place on earth.

Embry-Riddle Student Section Engages Members on Forklift Safety

Posted: Nov 26, 2019

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.”

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