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Office Of Environmental Health & Safety

Life Safety Protection Program

Purpose

Life safety is concerned with protecting the very lives of the members, visitors, and employees of Florida Tech. Working safely in environments where conditions may change adversely and affect personnel lives.

AED

Cardiovascular disease is the single greatest cause of death in the United States. Nearly half of those deaths are due to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in out-of-hospital settings, including the workplace. Prompt application of the integrated skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillation (AED) provide victims of SCA with the greatest chance of survival.

Florida Tech AED Plan

AED Map Locations (2019)

Explosive Safety

Explosives are chemicals compounds, mixtures or devices that will detonate or deflagrate when supplied with enough initiating energy. Furthermore, explosives do not distinguish between initiating energy supplied accidentally or deliberately. Those who handle and use explosive materials in the any process must prevent exposure of the material to accidental sources of initiating energy.

Florida Tech Explosive Safety Plan(under draft)

Fire Safety

The purpose of the fire prevention plan is to prevent a fire from occurring in a workplace. It describes the fuel sources (hazardous or other materials) on site that could initiate or contribute both to the spread of a fire, as well as the building systems, such as fixed fire extinguishing systems and alarm systems, in place to control the ignition or spread of a fire.

 

Working Environments

Under federal and state laws, employers must provide a safe workplace. If unsafe working conditions are present, a worker may report the violation to the employer, to the federal and/or state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and in some cases, the worker may refuse to work. The following is a summary of OSHA protection and guidelines for dealing with dangerous conditions in the workplace.

To protect workers from unsafe working conditions, employers must abide by workplace safety standards (OSHA General Duty Clause). Employers must:

  • Provide a workplace free of health and safety hazards that can cause death or serious injury;
  • Post an OSHA job safety notice in the workplace;
  • Keep a record of injuries, deaths, and exposure to hazardous material; and
  • Provide safety training if necessary.

Safety standards set by OSHA include provisions for the storage of hazardous chemicals, equipment maintenance, fire protection, and protective clothing.

The concept behind this document is working in extreme/hazardous environments such as areas where the temperature may be at a high heat index or low, or severe weather (lightening, hurricane, tornado, earth quakes, floods etc.) that may cause life threating injury or death to personnel.

Florida Tech Working Environments Action Plan (under draft)

Contractor Safety

Florida Tech Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) has developed the Contractor Environmental, Health, & Safety Plan to ensure the safety of university faculty, staff, students and visitors who may be in proximity to renovation, demolition, installation, or maintenance operations performed by contractors or subcontractors.

Every Contractor is expected to protect the safety and health of University faculty, staff, students and visitors during the performance of their work activities. Each contractor that coordinates the work of subcontractors is solely responsible for ensuring that they abide by the requirements outlined in the Contractor Environmental, Health, & Safety Plan. 

This Plan does not cover the legal responsibilities that contractors and subcontractors have regarding their own employees, but only the steps necessary to protect members of the campus community.  Those responsibilities, including compliance with 29 CFR 1910 and 29 CFR 1926, rest solely with the contractor.