The primary recommendation is that legislation require all cities, counties, municipalities, school districts, state agencies, and special districts to comply with OSHA CFR 1910 (General Industry) and CFR 1926 (Construction) standards within three years.
Four additional recommendations:
- The state should require all Florida public employers to collect and retain injury and illness data as incidents occur, using the using the OSHA Recordable criteria and Form 300.
- The Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation should expand its annual report to include a “state-of-the-state” report covering all public entities. The report card should list each employer’s workers’ comp claim costs, injury totals, injury incident rate per 100 employees, and fatalities.
- The state should provide a confidential toll-free telephone number for public employers and employees to ask questions, report perceived unsafe working conditions, and request materials and assistance.
- The Division of Workers’ Compensation should compile a list of professional safety resources to help public employers strengthen workplace safety programs