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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

Fire Safety

Whether at home or at work. Planning is important.

Please ensure you have a plan - the purpose of a 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.

Minimize Your Risks: 

(Cooking)

    -Be alert; if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the oven or stovetop;

    -Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food;

    -When simmering, baking or roasting, check the food regularly, remain in the kitchen while cooking and use a timer;

    -Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop .

(Heating)

    -Keep all flammables, like paper, clothing, bedding, drapes or rugs, at least 3 feet from a space heater, stove or fireplace;

    -Never leave portable heaters and fireplaces unattended; turn off heaters and make sure fireplace embers are extinguished before leaving the room;

    -If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, nonflammable surface, like ceramic tile, not on a rug or carpet;

    -Keep children and pets away from space heaters;

    -When buying a space heater, look for models that shut off automatically if the heater falls over.

Additional items:

    -Institute a “no smoking” policy in the house;

    -Check all cords and replace any that are frayed or have bare wires;

    -Switch to flameless candles;

    -Keep matches and lighters high and out of children’s reach in a locked cabinet.

Working Smoke Alarms Are a Must.

About three out of five fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan providing early warning reducing your risk of dying in a fire. The National Fire Protection Association recommends you:

    -Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas on the ceiling or high on the wall;

    -Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen, at least 10 feet from the stove, to reduce false alarms;

    -Use special alarms with strobe lights and bed shakers for people who are hard of hearing or deaf;

    -Test smoke alarms monthly;

    -Replace batteries annually, and change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector at the same time;

    -Replace smoke alarms that are 10 or more years old.

Make an Escape Plan:

A home fire is reported every 88 seconds. Once the smoke alarm sounds, a fire can spread quickly, leaving only a minute or two to escape. That's why it's so important to have a home escape plan.

Now Practice Your Home Fire Escape Plan:

    Practice your fire drill with everyone in the house at night and during the day

When and How to Use Fire Extinguisher:

To use a fire extinguisher, remember the acronym PASS:

    -Pull the pin.

    -Aim low at the base of the fire.

    -Squeeze the handle slowly.

    -Sweep the nozzle side to side.

Fast facts ceiling tiles OSHA

Fire Extinguishers Use -OSHA

Candle Safety Tips

https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/safety-topics/emergency-preparedness/fire

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/

 

Working Environments Action Plan

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

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.