Center for Occupational Health Planning and Education

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Welcome to The Center for Occupational Health Planning and Education!

One vital purpose of the USF College of Public Health is to protect worker health. To serve this end we have created the Center for Occupational Health Planning and Education. The Center seeks to engage and include the local community in our efforts to promote the health and safety of the Florida workforce and beyond.

Specifically, the Center includes the contributions by the faculty, staff and resources of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health as well as those of the USF SafetyFlorida (OSHA 21d Consultation Program) and the USF OSHA Training Institute.

USF SafetyFlorida, the state's safety and health consultation program, provides free and confidential assistance to Florida's small businesses. Its mission is to save lives by reducing workplace injuries and illnesses. Florida's small businesses often find that they profit from these free safety and health consultation visits because workers compensation costs decrease and productivity improves. The program is funded by OSHA and the state of Florida.

The USF OSHA Training Institute Education Center provides courses to train workers in the various aspects of Safety and Health. The training includes job hazard recognition as well as OSHA standards, policies and procedures for persons responsible for enforcing or directly supporting the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970. The job Hazard training and Communication aims to benefit workers by reducing confusion about physical and chemical hazards in the workplace, and improving understanding of these hazards, especially for low literacy workers.

We believe that the joint coordinated effort of our diverse staff will be helpful to the State of Florida and the region. Please contact us with any needs, questions or concerns that you may have. We look forward to addressing your workplace safety and health problems and your training needs.

Yehia Y. Hammad, Sc.D.
Professor and Center Director

What's New?

COPH researchers report on cancer disparities in Florida hospitals

Jemal Gishe, PhD, MSc, BScUSF College of Public Health student researchers Dr. Jemal Gishe, Angella Hanciles and colleagues are co-authors on a publication entitled “Minority Use of a National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and Non-specialty Hospitals in Two Florida Regions.”  The study is in the January issue of Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.   Dr. Jemal […]

Kimberly Rogers says leadership starts with boots on the ground

COPH grad Kimberly Rogers, MPH, is all smiles (and a little bit of ice) after a long training run. She volunteers as a mentor coach with the Washington-Alaska Chapter of Team in Training, which is the endurance training program of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.In Florida to run the Disney Marathon in January, USF College of Public Health MPH graduate Kimberly Rogers decided to reconnect with familiar faces and old haunts in Tampa while she had the chance.  She connected with Natalie Preston-Washington at COPH and wound up accepting an invitation to be the first speaker in the “Healthy […]

Undergraduate office tracking measles, other infectious diseases

From left: Alana Falcone and Deidre OrriolaThe Office of Undergraduate Studies at the USF College of Public Health is maintaining a poster that tracks the U.S. measles outbreak. Using the Center for Disease Control’s online updates as her guide, administrative assistant Alana Falcone updates the map whenever new information is available. A state marked with pins is a state with reported […]
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