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March 2023 | Strength in Numbers: The Florida EHS Briefing

Volume 2, Issue 15 | March 2023
 
 
 
 
 
 
In This Issue:
Active Shooter Training Make Plans NOW to Attend Our May 2023 Leadership Conference on Safety, Health + Sustainability 20% off our Powered Industrial Truck (Forklift Operator) Training Classes in March Become a Member of the Florida Chamber Safety Council Register for Our New Public Trainings via Zoom in March, April and May Leading Voices Colon Cancer Awareness Month Leaders Among Leaders Watch the Recordings of Our Past Webinars Safety Product Spotlight March 2023 Safety, Health & Sustainability Update OSHA Update
 
 
 
 
 
A Message from the Executive Director of the Florida Chamber Safety Council, Jason Mozo, J.D.
 
 
Hello!
 
Winter is closing and Spring is approaching. This season, the Florida Chamber Leadership Cabinet is seeing a significant growth in companies throughout Florida investing in their organization and their employees’ safety by becoming members of the Florida Chamber Safety Council and taking advantage of our multitude of safety training courses to help make their workplace safer. To join our movement and learn more about our Membership Program, visit flchambersafety.com/membership and please contact me directly at jmozo@flchamber.com or (850)-521-1237 as I welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you may have. 
 
In March, we are offering savings of up to 20% off our Powered Industrial Truck (Forklift Operator) training classes. According to CNN Money Magazine, Forklift Operators are among the Top 10 most dangerous jobs in all of America. Not only that, Powered Industrial Trucks are on the Top 10 OSHA Violations at #7 in 2022, with 1,749 citations issued. That jumped two spots on the Top 10 from 2021’s Top OSHA violations where it was listed as #9 at that time. There are an estimated 125 fatalities a year and over 60,000 accidents that happen annually when operating Forklifts. That means one out of every three days someone is killed operating a Forklift. This is a statistic we can lower and help impact through safety trainings.
 
Proper training saves lives, period. Our goal is and will always continue to be, to ensure employees go home safely to their families and loved ones every single day. Nothing is more important. Let’s work together in establishing a safer and healthier workplace and community. Always remember, Safety is No Accident! 
Our next complimentary educational webinars open to ALL Florida Employers in March:
 
 
 
Thirteen Strategies To Improve Workplace Safety, Reduce OSHA Exposure and Improve Profitability
Tuesday, April 11th via Zoom from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. EST. Reserve your spot TODAY!
 
  • Examine the new enforcement-focused OSHA and new special emphasis programs;
  • Review the essential elements of OSHA compliance.
 
Effortless Executive Presence: What It Is and Why It Matters in Times of Change
Thursday, March 30th via Zoom from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT. Reserve your spot TODAY!
 
  • What Executive Presence is & how to develop it!
 
  • The keys to instilling confidence in others
 
Upcoming Leaders Among Leaders with David Singleton
Thursday, April 20th via Zoom from 11:00 a.m. EDT.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Active Shooter Training
 
 
With recent events and an ever-rising number of active shooter incidents across America, it is imperative for every employer to have a plan and for their employees to know what to do in the event of an active shooter. In 2020, the FBI designated 40 shootings as active shooter incidents with that number increasing by 48% to 61 incidents in 2021, four of which occurred in Florida.
 
Attendees will learn how to recognize behavior signs of a potential active shooter, be prepared if an incident happens and what to do if one occurs in your workplace. Providing active shooter training gives employees the knowledge, skills and confidence to use if they are ever in an active shooter situation. This course will provide engaging, professional active assailant, and threat management training that can be used in and outside the workplace.
 
 
 
 
Register Here
 
 
 
Make Plans NOW to Attend Our May 2023
Leadership Conference on Safety, Health + Sustainability
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Click to visit the 2023 event website for complete details
 
 
 
Secure your spot at Florida's premier event and the nation's only conference of its kind dedicated to helping you and your company move the needle on safety, health, and sustainability. This third annual, two-day experience happening on May 11-12, 2023, is the premier event for Florida and industry leaders ready to learn how to affect lasting excellence in the three pillars essential to workplace success.
 
Your 2023 Leadership Conference on Safety, Health + Sustainability experience includes:
 
  • Learn from seven highly sought-after keynote speakers who were specifically chosen for their expertise and who are each worth your registration fee
  • Choose from 20 customized breakout sessions with Safety, Health, Sustainability, and Leadership tracks
  • Visit our expansive Exhibit Hall with leading vendors offering innovative products, services, and solutions
  • Attend our exciting Opening Ceremonies + Welcome Reception featuring the Dueling Pianos on the evening of May 10th
  • Build peer networking and have FUN at our popular Trivia Dinner with Fireworks + Dessert
 
Invest in yourself and your company’s mission. Be part of the movement to make Florida the safest, healthiest, and most sustainable state in America. Register NOW for early-bird rates!
 
 
Click to visit the 2023 event website for complete details
 
 
 
 
 
 
Highlighted Keynote / Breakout Speakers
 
 
To excel in health, sustainability, and safety initiatives in your business, you must first have the foundation of leadership and resiliency. These experts will share real-life advice on targeted ways to move the needle on safety, health, and sustainability. Their success stories and insights will ensure you return to work with the tools necessary to elevate your company's culture.
 
 
 
 
Click to visit the 2023 event website for complete details
 
 
 
 
 
 
Share Your Biggest Safety, Health, Sustainability, or Leadership Wins
 
 
We want to hear from you! Take our quick questionnaire and share your biggest safety, health, sustainability, or leadership wins for a chance to be featured at this year’s Leadership Conference on Safety, Health + Sustainability.
 
 
Take Our Questionnaire
 
 
 
20% off our Powered Industrial Truck (Forklift Operator) Training Classes in March
 
 
This month of March, we are offering savings of up to 20% off our Powered Industrial Truck (Forklift Operator) training classes. According to CNN Money Magazine, Forklift Operators are among the Top 10 most dangerous jobs in all of America. Not only that, Powered Industrial Trucks are on the Top 10 OSHA Violations at #7 in 2022, with 1,749 citations issued. That jumped 2 spots on the Top 10 from 2021 Top OSHA violations which was #9 at that time. So with that said, more and more employers are being found in violation with improper training, noncompliance and establishing a non-safer workplace in the last year when it comes to Forklift Operations. There are an estimated 125 fatalities a year and over 60,000 accidents that happen every year when operating Forklifts. That is 1 every 3 days someone is unfortunately killed operating a Forklift. We can help lower these statistics, hands down!
 
 
POWERED INDUSTRIAL TRUCKS – FORKLIFT
This training is designed to be general in nature since it covers safe operating procedures for all types of Powered Industrial Trucks. It is expected that operators will follow established familiarization procedures prior to operating models not specifically addressed during this training.
 
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Become a Member of the Florida Chamber Safety Council
 
 
Our mission to create the safest, healthiest, and most sustainable workforce in America starts with partnering with small to mid-size Florida companies committed to their employee’s health and safety while striving to create an accident-free workplace. With a Florida Chamber Safety Council Membership at any level, you will gain access to a wealth of resources and tools and connect with your peers and other industry leaders. Read what our members are saying about why their businesses decided to join.
 
 
"As a Safety Manager, being a member of the Florida Chamber Safety Council has helped to enhance our business’s Safety Department by providing us with more resources and tools to create an overall safer and easier to manage work environment." - Kristina DeFilippo, Safety Manager for Seacor Island Lines
 
 
 
 
 
Champion - $5000 Annual Investment
 
Your $5000 annual Safety Champion membership is renewable.
 
You will have 15 available training classes. Each class requires the use of one credit, granting the entry of up to 10 employees per class.
 
Additional employees over 10 will receive a 30% Safety Champion discount. Safety Champions have three (3) credits, which do not expire but carry over yearly.
 
Courses outside of this Safety level may also be taken at the 30% discounted rate, another valuable advantage so that members save on cost.
Leader - $2500 Annual Investment
 
Your $2500 annual Safety Leader membership is renewable.
 
You will have 10 available training classes. Each class requires the use of one credit, granting the entry of up to 10 employees per class.
 
Additional employees over 10 will receive a 20% Safety Leader discount. Safety Leaders have two (2) credits, which do not expire but carry over yearly.
 
Courses outside of this Safety level may also be taken at the 20% discounted rate, another valuable advantage so that members save on cost.
Advocate - $1000 Annual Investment
 
Your $1000 annual Safety Advocate membership is renewable.
 
You will have six available training classes. Each class requires the use of one credit, granting the entry of up to 10 employees per class.
 
Additional employees over 10 will receive a 10% Safety Advocate discount. Safety Advocates have one (1) credit, which does not expire but carries over yearly.
 
Courses outside of this Safety level may also be taken at the 10% discounted rate, another valuable advantage so that members save on cost.
 
 
All membership levels include 24/7 Safety Support giving members access to a call-in number to ask any safety question, at any time; a formal in-person Safety Council Orientation; and, a Complete Annual Risk Evaluation of all facets of safety for your organization.
 
Explore the many valuable advantages of membership. Determine the best level to meet your needs. Join the movement! Visit the Florida Chamber Safety Council website for more info or email our Executive Director at jmozo@flchamber.com or call (850)-521-1237 with any questions.
 
 
Register for Our New Public Trainings
via Zoom in March, April and May
 
 
 
 
 
Accelerate your commitment to workplace safety. Start your year off right and provide options for your team to earn valuable CEUs! Click each title to register or CLICK HERE to view all.
 
 
Confined Space Entry (Construction Industry 1926 & General Industry 1910)
March 24, 2023 | 9:00am - 3:00pm EDT | via Zoom | $155/person
 
Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) Virtual Training
March 31, 2023 | 9:00am - 12:30pm EDT | via Zoom | $125/person
 
Heat Stress Prevention
April 7, 2023 | 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT | via Zoom | $95/person
Fall Protection Training - Construction & General Industry
April 14, 2023 | 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT | via Zoom | $175/person
 
Active Shooter Training
April 20, 2023 | 9:00am - 12:30pm EDT | via Zoom | $95/person
 
Hazardous Communication
April 21, 2023 | 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT | via Zoom | $125/person
 
 
With recent events and an ever-rising number of active shooter incidents across America, it is imperative for every employer to have a plan and for their employees to know what to do in the event of an active shooter. In 2020, the FBI designated 40 shootings as active shooter incidents with that number increasing by 48% to 61 incidents in 2021, four of which occurred in Florida. In our Active Shooter Training course, attendees will learn how to recognize behavior signs of a potential active shooter, be prepared if an incident happens and what to do if one occurs in your workplace.
 
 
 
 
 
Want to Train In-Person? Join Us in Orlando May 10th
 
 
Incident Investigation – Root Cause Analysis
Time: 8am – 4:30pm EST
Cost = $265 Per Person
Instructor: Mike Ezzell
.6 Continuing Education Units
Fall Protection Training – Construction & General Industry
Time: 9am – 4pm EST
Cost = $165 Per Person
Instructor: Konrad Sikora
.8 Continuing Education Units
CPR/First Aid/AED Training with Bloodborne & Airborne Pathogens
Time: 9am – 4pm EST
Cost = $155 Per Person
Instructor: Jason Mozo, J.D.
.8 Continuing Education Units
 
 
Leading Voices
Colon Cancer Awareness Month
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Colon Cancer is the Second Leading Cause of Death in America.
Don’t Wait to Get Tested
 
 
“You have stage two colon cancer, Mrs. Jones.” My heart sank as I heard the doctor say those words. I was only 33 years old. How could this have happened to me? I was a healthy young woman with a husband and a six-year-old daughter who needed me. I didn’t want to die.
 
It all started with abdominal pains. I went to the doctor concerned about this discomfort, but due to my age, colon cancer was never considered. The doctor thought it could be an ulcer or a digestive issue. This went on for a couple of months and one night the pain was so intense that my husband took me to the emergency room. The doctors immediately started running tests and finally decided to complete a CAT scan. The scan revealed a mass in my colon. Soon after, a colonoscopy was completed and the mass was sent off for a biopsy. Cancer was confirmed.
 
The location of my tumor was “divinely placed” according to my doctors. Due to its location in my colon, it was causing me pain, which prompted me to investigate. Normally with colon cancer, there is no pain, and therefore cancer is not detected until it’s too late. Since I was a younger patient, I was also tested for Lynch syndrome, also known as hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer, which is the most common cause of hereditary colon cancer. I tested positive. People with Lynch syndrome are more likely to get colon and other types of cancers at a younger age.
 
Colon cancer is now the second leading cause of death in America and is no longer considered only a problem for older men. In fact, colon cancer diagnoses in young people have experienced a dramatic increase in the last 30 years. A recently published report from the American Cancer Society finds that diagnoses of colon cancer in people younger than 55 doubled going from 11% in 1995 to 20% in 2019. Even though these statistics are concerning, colon cancer does not have to be a death sentence. If caught early, nine out of 10 people can survive. In 2021, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued new recommendations for people to start getting colonoscopies at age 45 and there are several other tests outside of the traditional colonoscopy that doctors can recommend.
 
It’s extremely important to listen to your body and be your own advocate when it comes to getting checked for any type of ailment. I was lucky that my cancer was found early, which is the only reason I’m still alive today, 13 years after my diagnosis. And knowing that I have Lynch syndrome has blessed me with the opportunity to warn members of my family and protect my daughter as she gets older. 
If you are 45 and older or are concerned about your health I strongly recommend you get tested or voice your concerns to your doctor. Don’t wait to get checked, it could save your life. 
 
 
 
Mauryo Jones
Vice President-Safety, Health, & Security at Ryder System, Inc.
 
 
 
Leaders Among Leaders
Watch the Recordings of Our Past Webinars
 
 
 
 
Effortless Executive Presence: What It Is and Why It Matters in Times of Change with Rob Salafia, McGraw-Hill Author, Storyteller, MIT Master Executive Coach, Catalyst for Personal Transformation
 
March 30 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EDT
 
 
Rob Salafia is an authority on executive presence and transformational learning. He combines two decades of experience as a top leadership development executive with a well-established career in the performing arts. He has a passion for coaching leaders to develop their presence, tell compelling stories and establish authentic connections.
 
 
Reserve Your Seat
 
 
 
 
 
Leadership and the Complex Components of Business Success
with Dan Cockerell, The Former Vice President of Walt Disney World, Florida
 
Learn what it means to be a leader, and how to thrive in business and life from the former Vice President of Walt Disney World. While working for Disney’s Epcot Center as a parking attendant, Dan was presented with the opportunity to be trained by an expert management team in Paris. There he rapidly learned the true magic of being a leader, and in quick succession, he moved up the ranks becoming the Vice President of three Disney theme parks. After a fulfilling 26-year career with the #1 hospitality brand, Dan wants to share the leadership secrets he has learned on his exciting journey.
Resilience: The Secret to Meeting Challenges that Seem Impossible
with Sherry Winn, Two-Time Olympian & National Championship Basketball Coach
 
With over 34 years of practicing leadership as a Two-Time Olympian and a National Championship Basketball Coach, Sherry is an expert at coaching leaders and team members to championship status. She has successfully taken leaders beyond their levels of comfort to “WIN” against competitors who were superior in talent, facilities, and financial budgets. Through her WIN Philosophy™ and WINNER Principles™, she shares insider secrets on how to succeed even when the odds seem insurmountable so that your team feels, acts, and conquers their goals like Olympians.
 
 
Watch Dan Cockerell
 
Watch Sherry Winn
 
 
 
Safety Product Spotlight
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We are continuing to grow in ways to better serve Florida’s business community when it comes to safety, and a large part of making safety a priority in the workplace is making sure your workforce has the right equipment. The Florida Chamber Safety Council is partnering with Bollé Safety, for Safety Glasses equipment. Shop hundreds of styles of PPE Eyewear including industrial, tactical and blue light options enhancing sight, reducing eye fatigue, perfecting precision, boosting motivation, and improving wellbeing for your employees on the job site. 
 
 
March 2023 Safety, Health & Sustainability Update
 
 
According to the Florida Chamber Safety Council's Florida Workplace Safety Report released in 2020:
 
Safety
Since 1935, legislators have reformed the workers’ compensation system in Florida several times including in 1979, 1993, and 2003. By the early 2000s, Florida was one of the states with the highest rates for workers’ compensation coverage. To keep the business climate of the state more competitive, then-Governor Jeb Bush called a special session of the legislature to update the workers’ compensation system. The 2003 legislation mandated sweeping changes which included reduced benefits to workers, strict medical care fee schedules, and limiting the role of litigation and attorneys in workers’ compensation claims. After these changes, the amount of benefits workers received declined and the state became more favorable to the insurance industry. Meanwhile, the 2003 reform bill was being challenged in the courts. In 2016, the Florida Supreme Court handed down two decisions that declared parts of the workers’ compensation reform law unconstitutional. The Castellanos decision removed the limit on attorney fees and the Westphal decision denied the 104-week limit on temporary disability. In addition to these court mandated changes, the legislation also approved an updated fee schedule that limits the costs of medical care that is reimbursable. These changes went into effect in 2016. Therefore, Florida has seen many changes in recent years, and with the potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on workers’ compensation it seems likely that changes will continue to be made in Florida’s system.
 
Health
This report has shown some of the important linkages between workplace safety and health. A workplace injury could lead to the loss of work and then to problems with depression and poor physical health. Conversely, poor physical and mental health can increase the risk of workplace injuries. As discussed with the higher rate of fatalities among older workers, comorbidities present in workers can increase their risks at work. A healthy population and workforce can in turn mean less workplace risk. The link between worker health and worker safety seems clear. We have seen this within the COVID-19 pandemic. The negative impacts of the disease depend largely on the overall health of the individual and their age. For example, the National Football League had to create a special opt-out agreement for players who had preexisting conditions that put them at higher risk during the 2020 season. Looking at the health of Florida’s population can provide insight into the overall physical health of the workforce. While the general population of Florida may skew older and have higher levels of comorbidities, data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) adjusts for age and allows for comparison across states. There is no national-level data for age-adjusted metrics from the CDC. The data relies on the prevalence of diagnosed conditions. This likely leads to an overall undercount because people might have these conditions and not be officially diagnosed by a health professional.
 
Sustainability
Superfund sites were developed in 1980 to designate areas where toxic chemicals were disposed from nearby factories. These polluted locations across the United States require long-term responses to clean up hazardous materials and waste that pose harmful health repercussions. Among the 50 states, Florida ranks 44th lowest in the nation (7th highest) with 53 superfund sites. Many of the country’s largest and most populous states have the most sites.
 
 
 
 
 
OSHA Update
 
 
Browse the latest OSHA updates below:
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Florida Chamber Leadership Cabinet on Safety, Health and Sustainability Advisory Board
 
Thank You to These 17 Visionary Company Leaders Who Are Working Together to Create a Culture of Safety, Health and Sustainability Across Florida
 
 
 
 
 
Florida Chamber Leadership Cabinet on Safety, Health and Sustainability
www.FLChamberSafety.com
 
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