There are a number of factors that influence workers' health and safety in Florida and across the U.S., including scheduling, pay and the type of contract. Many studies have taken these factors individually, but none has analyzed them all together. A study from the University of Washington, though, has striven to correct the simplistic view of worker health that has come about.
Florida residents who work in the gas and oil extraction and mining industries are at risk for hearing loss, according to the American Journal of Industrial Medicine's new study. In fact, around 61% of all workers in those industries have experienced dangerous levels of on-the-job noise.
Employers in Florida may not have all the mandatory floor markings in their facility. Every job site comes with unique safety hazards, and floor markings can help in identifying these. Workers can then more easily see where the loading dock is or where there are ramps and beams.
Employers in Florida, especially those in agriculture, construction, longshoring and general industry, should know what pinch points are and how to protect workers against them. Pinch points, or nip points, are areas between two moving machine parts, between a stationary part and moving part or between a machine part and some material that can catch a worker or part of the worker's body.
Electrical industry employers in Florida may be interested in the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) new initiative to increase safety. The initiative comes after several investigations into deaths and injuries in the electrical industry. The department is encouraging employers to decrease workplace hazards in order to reduce safety issues.
Warm weather can have an impact on workers who spend time both inside and outside. Therefore, employers in Florida and elsewhere need to create a plan to help keep those workers safe. There should also be a plan in case an employee develops heat stroke or is otherwise harmed by exposure to heat and humidity. The plan should be tailored to the type of work employees do and other needs that they may have.
Plant workers in Florida and throughout the country can face many dangers from portable tools, shears and other equipment. For instance, they could get their hands or clothes caught in moving parts, which could result in losing fingers or experiencing other injuries. They could also be hurt by sparks, nip points or other hazards associated with using a machine. Therefore, employers are required by OSHA to use at least one machine guard.
Workplace injuries in Florida can be caused by a wide range of issues, from slip-and-fall accidents and repetitive strain injuries to toxic chemical exposure on the job. One guide aims to protect workers by informing them about potentially dangerous chemicals that may be found in the workplace. Some advocacy groups say that regulatory agencies like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency are not doing enough to protect workers from toxic exposure. They say that industries help to hold back regulations that could protect workers' health and safety.
Anyone working in the construction industry in Florida or any other state is involved with a profession that presents inherent risks. In fact, construction employees are five times more likely to be fatally injured on the job than other workers. It's because of the potentially dangerous nature of this profession that artificial intelligence (AI) technology is being increasingly used to minimize workplace hazards.
There are over 700,000 eye injuries that occur on the job each year. However, there are ways that workers in Florida and throughout the country can keep their eyesight intact. For instance, it is good to keep exposure to blue light to a minimum as it can help workers avoid digital eyestrain syndrome. This is a condition that is common among those who use a computer or similar device for several hours each day.