Occupational Safety & Health

It is the policy of Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) to provide and ensure a safe and healthy environment for the Florida Tech community by constantly maintaining an effective safety and environmental/occupational health program. In fulfilling this task as an educational institute, the greatest responsibilities of the Florida Tech are to protect personnel safety, preserve its physical assets and protect the environment. It is also Florida Tech's policy to comply with all applicable safety, health, and environmental protection laws, regulations and requirements. In the absence of specific regulatory statutes and mandates for particular situations, best management safety practices shall be followed.

Florida Tech's goal is to prevent all workplace injuries and illnesses, property losses or damage, and adverse environmental impacts. Achieving this goal is the responsibility of every member of the Florida Tech's community.

Workers rights

Under federal law, you are entitled to a safe workplace. Your employer must provide a workplace free of known health and safety hazards. If you have concerns, you have the right to speak up about them without fear of retaliation. You also have the right to:

  • Be trained in a language you understand
  • Work on machines that are safe
  • Be provided required safety gear, such as gloves or a harness and lifeline for falls
  • Be protected from toxic chemicals
  • Request an OSHA inspection, and speak to the inspector
  • Report an injury or illness, and get copies of your medical records
  • See copies of the workplace injury and illness log
  • Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses
  • Get copies of test results done to find hazards in the workplace

OSHA Poster It's the Law

OSHA 2209 Small Business Handbook


Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) 

A JHA is a technique that focuses on job tasks as a way to identify hazards before they occur. It focuses on the relationship between the worker, the task, the tools, and the work environment. Ideally, after you identify uncontrolled hazards, you will take steps to eliminate or reduce them to an acceptable risk level. 

Importance:  Many workers are injured and killed at the workplace every day in the United States. Safety and health can add value to your business, your job, and your life. You can help prevent workplace injuries and illnesses by looking at your workplace operations, establishing proper job procedures, and ensuring that all employees are trained properly. 

One of the best ways to determine and establish proper work procedures is to conduct a JHA. A JHA is one component of the larger commitment of a safety and health management system. 

Supervisors can use the findings of a JHA to eliminate and prevent hazards in their workplaces. This is likely to result in fewer worker injuries and illnesses; safer, more effective work methods; reduced workers’ compensation costs; and increased worker productivity. The analysis also can be a valuable tool for training new employees in the steps required to perform their jobs safely. 

Contact: Please contact Environmental Health & Safety to schedule a JHA.

OSHA 3143 Industrial Hygiene

OSHA 3071 Job Hazard Analysis

Process safety poster

OSHA 3754 Reporting Requirements

Carbon Monoxide in Construction/Portable Gas-Powered Equipment


Electrical Panel Repair Results in Electrocution:


Electrocution/Work Safely with Ladders Near Power Lines:


Excavations in Construction/Soil Classification:


High Pressure/Temperature Steam Release During Engine Room Repair:


Improper Ventilation Causes Fire in Confined Space:


Prevent Electrocutions: Work Safely with Cranes near Power Lines:


Protecting Workers from Silica Hazards in the Workplace:


Repair Welder Electrocuted:


Workbench Grinder Wheel Explodes:


Compressed Gas Safety 

Hazards associated with compressed gases include oxygen displacement, fires, explosions, and toxic gas exposures, as well as the physical hazards associated with high pressure systems. Special storage, use, and handling precautions are necessary in order to control these hazards.

Compressed Gas Safety Plan

Fire Safety 

Whether at home or work. Planning is important. 

Minimize Your Risks: 


    -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 


    -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



Hearing Conservation

The hearing conservation plan requires the monitoring of areas/equipment that may pose hearing damage to employees. This exposure to noise levels at or above 85 decibels (dB) averaged over 8 working hours, or 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA). Florida Tech will monitor all employees whose noise exposure is equivalent to or greater than a noise exposure received in 8 hours where the noise level is constantly 85 dB.

The exposure measurement will include all continuous, intermittent, and impulsive noise within an 80 dB to 130 dB range and will be taken during a typical work situation. This requirement is performance-oriented because it allows Florida Tech to choose the monitoring method that best suits each individual situation.

Florida Tech will repeat monitoring whenever changes in production, process, or controls increase noise exposure. These changes may mean that more employees need to be included in the plan or that their hearing protectors may no longer provide adequate protection.

Employees are entitled to observe monitoring procedures and will receive notification of the results of exposure monitoring.

Florida Tech will carefully check or calibrate instruments used for monitoring employee exposures to ensure that the measurements are accurate. Calibration procedures are unique to specific instruments and Florida Tech will follow the manufacturer’s instructions to determine when and how extensively to calibrate the instrument.

Hearing Conservation Plan 

Lockout Tagout

The purpose of this plan is to establish methods for safely isolating machines or equipment from energy sources during routine maintenance and servicing of those machines and equipment. Those who service and maintain machinery or equipment are especially vulnerable because the machinery or equipment might become energized while being serviced, or stored energy might be unexpectedly released. Utilizing the Lockout/Tagout system ensures personnel safety. The Lockout/Tagout system is commonly referred to as “LOTO”.

FloridaTech LOTO (August2019)

Personal Protective Equipment

Florida Tech is committed to providing a safe and healthful environment for all employees, students, and visitors.

Every day work hazards include but are not limited to chemicals, sharp edges, flying objects, sparks, dust, falling objects, and noise.  OSHA requires protection of employees from these hazards.  The preferred methods of protection include engineering controls, work practice and administrative controls.  Examples of these include putting up barriers to prevent access to a hazard or operating loud machinery at times when there are no employees on site. 

When these methods are inadequate or unfeasible for protection, personal protective equipment (PPE) must be provided to workers by their employer.   PPE include eye protection, gloves, lab coats, hard hats, hearing protection, respirators, foot protection, and full body suits.  Hearing protection and respirators are covered under Florida Tech’s Hearing Conservation Plan, and Respiratory Protection Plan; other areas for PPE fall under the Chemical Hygiene Plan, Radiation Safety and Bloodborne Pathogen Plan.   

This Plan has been developed in accordance with the regulations set forth in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA), 29 CFR 1910.132: Personal Protective Equipment.

Personal Protective Equipment Plan 

Workplace Violence

There are currently no specific OSHA standards for workplace violence. 

However, under the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment that is “free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm." The courts have interpreted OSHA's general duty clause to mean that an employer has a legal obligation to provide a workplace free of conditions or activities that either the employer or industry recognizes as hazardous and that cause, or are likely to cause, death or serious physical harm to employees when there is a feasible method to abate the hazard. OSHA has developed Enforcement Procedures and Scheduling for Occupational Exposure to Workplace Violence, which provides guidance and procedures to be followed when conducting inspections and issuing citations related to the occupational exposure to workplace violence. 

An employee that has experienced acts of workplace violence, or becomes aware of threats, intimidation, or other indicators showing that the potential for violence in the workplace exists, would be on notice of the risk of workplace violence and should implement a workplace violence prevention program combined with engineering controls, administrative controls, and training.

OSHA compliance directive

Workplace Violence (FBI)