National Safety Month

June is…

National Safety Month

Created by the National Safety Council (NSC), this month-long observance aims to empower individuals to maintain their safety while at work or at home. You can learn more about NSC initiatives by clicking the button below or continue reading to learn more about how you can protect yourself and others.

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Key Focuses

Each week of National Safety Month hones in on a crucial issue related to workplace safety. Review the four focuses below and click the associated links to learn more about each focus.

Focus One

Overuse Injury

Overuse injuries, or musculoskeletal disorders, can include rotator cuff tears, strains, and tendinitis. They often result from repetitive movements, incorrect postures, and extreme exertions.

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Workplace Impairment

We often think of substance abuse as the cause of workplace impairment but trauma, stress, and fatigue can also contribute to a dangerous situation for an individual and those around them.

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Focus Three

Injury Prevention

Many times, workplace injury can result from complacency – working on “autopilot” and ignoring hazards. Empowerment and communication can be powerful forces in preventing injuries.

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Slips, Trips, and Falls

Falls are the second-leading cause of injury-related death. Maintaining hazard-free environments and providing adequate training is essential to maintaining safe workplaces.

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Personal Safety

We are each responsible for protecting ourselves from harm. Review the resources below to assess your risk of injury, prepare for dangerous situations, and learn where to look for help.

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Safety Checkup

Our age, occupation, and other factors can place us at higher risk of injury. Answer just five questions to receive your safety snapshot from the National Safety Council.

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Safety Classes

UFPD has created a variety of programs designed to empower individuals to protect themselves. Topics range from self-defense to cyber security, among others.

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GatorSAFE app

The GatorSAFE app was created to ensure the safety of the entire UF campus. Use the app to report crime tips, send your location and call UFPD, and even receive transportation help.

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UFHealth Protect app

Similar to GatorSAFE, UFHealth Protect allows users to virtually walk with a friend, sound an alarm in case of emergency, or contact law enforcement or UFHealth security.

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Workplace Safety

Healthcare involves many safety regulations but accidents are still possible. Review the resources below to learn what hazards to be aware of and what to do in case of an accident.

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Frequently Violated Standards

Here is a list of the most frequently cited standards across all industries. Knowing which hazards are often overlooked can help your workplace eliminate similar risks.

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Risk Assessment

Risk assessment involves identifying and analyzing potentially harmful events.The following OSHA article includes 6 action items of potential risks to look for in your workplace.

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Environmental Health and Safety

You can learn more about a variety of topics ranging from ergonomics to industrial hygiene to dive safety on UF’s Environmental Health and Safety website.

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UFHealth Policy on Workplace Injury

Review UFHealth HR’s policy on workplace injury, illness, and exposure to ensure you know what to do if such an incident ever occurs in your workplace.

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Seasonal Safety

Summers in the Sunshine State are blistering and it’s hard to resist the urge to jump into the pool. Make sure you’re prepared to take on the heat, stay afloat, and take shelter.

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Heat Safety

We’re no strangers to sun rays here! The heat is the greatest summer hazard to us in Florida. Review this article from the CDC to learn how you can protect yourself from heat-related illnesses.

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Water Safety

Drowning accidents can happen in seconds and pose the highest risk to children and weak swimmers. Learn how you can be vigilant of those around you in the water and improve your own water skills.

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Hurricane Safety

June 1st marked the beginning of hurricane season and any Floridian knows how quickly they can form. Check this list of how to be prepared before and during a cyclone.

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Tornado Safety

With summer storms comes the possibility of tornadoes. The Florida Health Department has information on how you can protect yourself from a tornado in any location.

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