Volume 1, Issue 4 | November 2021
In this Issue:
COVID Resource Center • Florida's Latest Data on Safety, Health & Sustainability • Leadership Conference Speaker Announcement • OSHA Update • Importance of Mental Hygiene Training • Fire Protection & Prevention Training Discount
A Message from Florida Chamber Safety Council
Executive Director Jason Mozo, J.D.
COVID Resource Center
As of October 28,the CDC reports that COVID-19 cases are continuing to decrease, but the overall level of community transmission is still high. The 7-day average of daily new cases is 68,793, a 7.4% decrease from the previous week. 
Governor Ron DeSantis Calls for Special Session Week of November 15th
We want to hear what Florida business owners think about Governor Ron DeSantis calling for a special session regarding COVID-19 vaccine mandates and putting an end to the liability protections passed in 2021 for businesses that require vaccines. 

Please take this quick survey to provide your feedback.
Fisher Phillips Provides the latest updates on the Biden Administration's
"Path Out of the Pandemic" Plan
Florida Chamber Safety Council Advisory Board Member, Fisher Phillips has created a 5-Step Plan for Employers to quickly get in compliance with the Biden administration's "Path Out of the Pandemic" plan released on September 9, 2021. This plan will include a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Federal contractors.

Click here for more Florida Chamber Safety Council resources and the latest updates in safety, COVID-19 mandates and mental health.
Florida's Latest Data on Safety,
Health & Sustainability
According to the Florida Chamber Safety Council's Florida Workplace Safety Report released in 2020,

Safety: OSHA requires safety and health trainings to be conducted for all employees in a language that they fully understand. With that said, when we account for the racial make-up of the workforce, the fatality rate for Hispanic or Latino workers is highest. Statistically, Hispanic workers are more likely to die at work in Florida with a fatality rate of 3.5 deaths per 100,000 workers between 2011 and 2018. This is a common trend across several states possibly due to higher levels of immigrant labor working in more statistically dangerous occupations. 

Health: There are important linkages between workplace safety and health. A potential physical health risk is the prevalence of heart disease in the population. When adjusted for age, about 4.2 percent of Florida’s population had been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or angina. Florida ranks on the higher end of heart disease prevalence, 38th place (13th highest) among all 50 states in 2018.

Sustainability: Air pollution can lead to days off from work and increased health care costs. The smaller the particle of pollution in the air the more harmful they can become by going deep into the lungs and bloodstream. Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is classified as an air pollutant and is the main cause of reduced visibility in parts of the United States. Florida has less exposure to PM2.5 compared to the national average, ranking 25th lowest in the nation.
--Save the Date--
2022 Southeastern Leadership Conference on Safety, Health + Sustainability
March 30 - April 1, 2022
Disney's Contemporary Resort
Can't miss Keynotespeakers include...
Mike Rowe
Host, Dirty Jobs
Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation
Bill Yeargin
Correct Craft
Dr. Henry Cloud
Mark Robinson
Event Features:
  • Earn CEUs
  • Live Music & Door Prizes
  • Nearly two dozen breakout sessions including an exclusive Disney Safety Tour (space limited)
  • Exhibit Hall of Top Safety Products and Services
Registration Opening Soon!
OSHA Update
OSHA has released the top 10 most frequently cited violations in the workplace for the 2021 fiscal year. For the 11th year in a row, Fall Protection - General Requirements is OSHA's most frequently cited standard with 5,295 violations this year alone.

Sign up your safety team for the Florida Chamber Safety Council Fall Protection Training to educate employees on the proper fall protection requirements to reduce the risk of an OSHA violation.
Mental Hygiene with Dr. Aaron Weiner
Brain scans show that our brains function better if we engage in regular emotional and mental hygiene, and as little as 10 minutes caring for our mind can positively influence how we feel.
Just 10 minutes per day can make a difference, but it’s important to perform these tasks in the right way. Just like brushing your teeth won’t work so well if you just rub the toothbrush once over your teeth from left to right, mental hygiene doesn’t work so well if you don’t go about it the right way.
The good news is that, with the proper training, these are easy skills to learn! And helping your employees improve their mental hygiene doesn’t just have a positive impact on their mental health, but also on your bottom line – depression, anxiety, and burnout are some of the most costliest chronic conditions for employers to manage. 
I’m partnering with the Florida Chamber Safety Council to offer a sequence of live mental hygiene training webinars that we can tailor specifically to your business’s needs. Your employees will learn actionable strategies about how to promote their mental wellbeing, improving their quality of life and improving their performance at work. If you’d like to explore working together, please reach out to us at safety@flchamber.com.
Up to 40% Off Fire Protection & Prevention Training
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2020 within the United States, local fire departments responded to 1,338,500 fires. These fires caused 3,500 civilian deaths, 15,200 civilian injuries and $21.9 billion in property damage across the nation. Here in Florida, for the past 5 years there is an average of 130 fatalities every year due to fires. That is 1 death every 3 days.  

The Florida Chamber Safety Council is offering discounted Fire Protection & Prevention Training during the month of November. *Book your Fire Protection & Prevention Training during the month of November to receive 30% off for trainings of up to 10 participants and 40% off trainings for more than 10 participants.

*Fire Protection & Prevention Training must be booked in November and scheduled within 90 days of booking to be eligible for the discount.
Florida Chamber Safety Advisory Board
Thank You to the Visionary Companies and Leaders who are Working Together to Create a Culture of Safety, Healthy and Sustainability across Florida