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

https://www.osha.gov/workers/index.html

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.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

The Environmental Health & Safety Staff (EH&S) periodically test the air quality in Florida Tech facilities with state-of-the-art equipment.  EH&S work in conjunction with the facilities services work order desk and Facilities Services shops to respond to requests from a building occupant who suspects a possible unsafe or irritating odor has entered the building and specifically their work area.  Also, Florida Tech’s planning & construction tries to keep building occupants aware of various construction projects that may be in or around a building that may be a source or exhaust fumes, etc.

If anyone is interested in seeking more information about Indoor Air Quality, please review on one of the links below:

 

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”.

Florida Tech LOTO Plan