Safety Champion

Championing safety starts with securing the tools and industry-best practices needed to ensure the safety of your workers and the general public. Enrolling in a Safety Champion membership grants you access to a comprehensive package of annual benefits, including multiple safety training courses, a thorough risk assessment of your current safety policies, programs, and insurance coverage, and round-the-clock support from a Florida Chamber Safety Council professional.

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Safety Champion Membership Offerings and Resources

The Florida Chamber Safety Council is on a mission to create the safest, healthiest and most sustainable workforce in America. That starts with helping Florida companies committed to their employees’ health and safety strive to create a workplace free of accidents. With a Florida Chamber Safety Council Membership at the Safety Champion level, you will gain access to a wealth of resources and tools and connect with industry leaders.

Safety Champion members have access to the following:

  • 24/7 Safety Support: Members will have access to a 24/7 call-in number for questions regarding items such as regulatory OSHA compliance, statute enforcement, what to do in the event of a workplace injury/illness/fatality, industry best practices and standards, and insurance programs such as return to work and worker compensation experience modification rates.
  • Safety Council Orientation: Champion-level members will receive a formal in-person or virtual orientation to the Florida Chamber Safety Council, including its online platform, a discussion of training benefits and additional training options, and an initial assessment of the existing safety program and culture.
  • Complete Annual Risk Evaluation: Safety is not achieved in a vacuum, and many moving parts exist in a well-designed safety and risk program. This evaluation will take into consideration all facets of your organization. The Florida Chamber Safety Council will assist you in ensuring you are regulatory compliant with OSHA, DOT, and government entities, but also assess if you are implementing industry best practices/policies/procedures and if you have the appropriate insurance coverages in place. An in-person inspection of workplace/job site conditions will also be conducted, and a report of findings will be generated following. 

Training Classes

Your $5000 annual Safety Champion membership is renewable.

Below are 15 available training classes. Each class requires the use of one credit, granting the entry of up to 10 employees per class. Additional employees over 10 will receive a 30% Safety Champion discount. Safety Champions have three (3) credits, which do not expire but carry over yearly. Some classes are solely “in-person” to satisfy certain OSHA regulations, while others are marked “optional” for either in-person or virtual learning. Courses outside of the Safety Champion level may also be taken at the 30% discounted rate so that members save on cost.

In-Person Training

  • Defensive Driving: This four-hour course provides the foundation, knowledge, and skills for defensive driving and describes techniques for avoiding high-risk driving behaviors. Participants will learn that the right attitude can prevent collisions and understand the consequences of poor decision-making. This course will help drivers make positive choices to improve driving behaviors and attitudes and encourage respectful and lawful decisions to avoid collisions and decrease traffic violations. It provides them with knowledge and collision prevention techniques focusing on behavior, judgment, decision-making and consequences.
  • OSHA 10-Hour: This two-day customizable course is available either in General Industry 1910 or Construction Industry 1926. This 10-hour OSHA outreach course assists employers in training and introducing employees to the basic practices of identifying, reducing, eliminating, and reporting hazards associated with their work. This course is a great way to ensure that your workers stay safe on the job by providing them with the proper tools. Participants will become familiarized with OSHA standards and safety and health hazards common to the workplace. We will also provide participants with information regarding OSHA, workers’ rights, employer responsibilities and how to file a complaint. 
  • Forklift: This two to four-hour training is designed to be general in nature since it covers safe operating procedures for all types of Powered Industrial Trucks. It is expected that operators will follow established familiarization procedures before operating models not specifically addressed during this training. The curriculum includes safe operation, inspection, basic components, refueling, battery care and different types of Power Industrial Trucks. Class includes videos, lectures, facilitated student discussion, demonstrations, skill testing and written testing per OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910. 178. Forklift training is intended for workers in construction, building development, warehouse operations and other related fields. This course will provide knowledge and skills to current operators, future operators, managers, and supervisors of forklift operations.
  • HAZCOM: This four-hour course will review OSHA regulations relating to hazard awareness and communication, hazard classification, Safety Data Sheets, and labeling requirements of hazardous materials within the workplace. The updated Hazard Communication Standard (as of 2012) is the core of this training and can be found in 29 CFR 1910.1200. This training course is an overview of how the system of chemical hazard information and communication works. We will review the updated Hazard Communication Standard and its alignment with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This presentation will increase your knowledge of chemical hazards, hazard classification, and the basic personal protection methods to ensure the safe handling and usage of chemicals.  Participants must always take the time to properly understand the hazards and appropriate precautions when using, handling, or working around the chemicals in their facility. This course was designed to fulfill the hazard-communication training requirements imposed by OSHA regulations. This training applies to employers and employees in nearly all places of employment, including General Industry, Construction, Manufacturing, Service and Transportation Services.
  • First Aid/CPR/AED: This six-hour course uses extensive research and educational testing to improve skill mastery and long-term retention. This First Aid/CPR/AED course was developed by the National Safety Council and provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to execute lifesaving techniques. This course is the only nationally recognized first aid training to meet OSHA best practices. Our materials are designated to allow students the time needed to master a multitude of abilities related to first aid and CPR through a combination of industry-leading curriculum and content that meets the latest CPR and ECC Guidelines. By engaging in hands-on practice, students experience greater retention and develop the confidence to respond correctly during a medical emergency. Participants will have gained the skills and confidence needed to respond to a medical emergency upon completing this course.
  • Mobile Elevating Work Platform: This five-hour course is designed to be general in nature since it covers safe operating procedures for all types of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs). It is expected that operators will follow established familiarization procedures before operating models not specifically addressed during this training. We will discuss the importance of safe operation and responsibilities of a professional Mobile Elevating Work Platform operator, and the skills and techniques that can be used to ensure safe operation and incident prevention. Class includes videos, lectures, facilitated student discussion, demonstrations, skill testing, and written testing per OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910 Subpart F and ANSI SIA 92A. MEWP training is intended for workers in construction, building development and other related fields. This course will provide knowledge and skills to current operators, future operators, managers and supervisors of elevated work.
  • Respiratory Protection (with Fit Test): This course covers the requirements for the establishment, maintenance and monitoring of a respiratory protection program. Course topics include terminology, OSHA Respiratory Protection Standards, NIOSH classifications, respiratory protection program and medical evaluation requirements. Program highlights include work assessment on respirator selection, qualitative and quantitative fit testing, and the use of respiratory protection and support equipment. Upon course completion, students will identify and describe the elements of a respiratory protection program and the proper selection, use and inspection of respiratory protection. The Respiratory Protection course is designed for those individuals who will or are currently fulfilling roles where respiratory protection is required in either a Construction (OSHA 1926) or General Industry (OSHA 1910) environment. This course will also provide excellent benefits to any individual who currently supervises employees with potential exposure to respiratory hazards. Participants will receive a course completion certificate and earn .5 Continuing Education Units from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DS/DW/WW02099010) upon successfully completing the course. 

Optional Training

  • Fall Protection: This six to eight-hour course covers OSHA 1926 for Construction Industry and/or OSHA 1910 General Industry and will assist students in identifying fall hazards and utilizing best practices in eliminating predictable and identifiable slip, trip, and fall hazards. Throughout the course, students will be given written tests and practical application activities to ensure they fully understand and can demonstrate the skills taught. This course will give students the knowledge and skills to assess and control fall hazards and properly use, inspect, and maintain fall protection equipment.
  • Confined Space Entry: This six to eight-hour course covers the OSHA 1910.146 and 1926 Subpart AA Confined Space standards. Students will receive knowledge and understanding of the different types of Confined Spaces that one may encounter in their workplace. The goal of confined space safety training is to educate all workers on best practices for working in confined spaces and understand the dangers of working in confined spaces so that they can reduce any potential injuries and/or fatalities.
  • Trench/Excavation Safety: This six to eight-hour Competent Person for Excavation Safety course is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P Excavation Standards, as well as an introduction to current protective system design, selection, and installation. According to OSHA, a Competent Person is defined as a person capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions that are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees and who has the authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.
  • Bloodborne and Airborne Pathogens: This four-hour course meets OSHA’s requirements for employers to annually train their employees to safeguard those who have reasonably anticipated occupational exposure to blood. Without proper preparation, blood diseases, costly OSHA, and state-specific regulatory fines could be levied. More importantly, lives could be adversely affected or even lost.  This course makes it easy to understand how OSHA’s bloodborne standard affects your organization. In this course, participants will learn the fundamentals of bloodborne pathogens, essential information on hepatitis viruses and HIV, how to prevent infection from bloodborne pathogens, exposure controls, labeling, and key facts about airborne and bloodborne pathogens, including tuberculosis (TB). This course will also help you understand the standard and have a copy of it to keep onsite, offer refresher training, learn how to control the spread of TB and influenza, and know what to do if an exposure occurs.
  • Ladder Safety: This two-hour course will review the OSHA General Industry and Construction regulatory requirements and ANSI standards for both portable and fixed ladders most used in industry today. We will focus on how to properly select, inspect, and use various portable and fixed workplace ladders. In addition, we will discuss recommended best practices to enhance your safe use of portable ladders. Applying the information that you will learn in this training session will help you avoid injuries related to the use of ladders.   
  • Heat Stress Prevention: This one-hour course is designed to help protect Florida workers from heat stress, a paramount concern among many industries. Heat stress is defined as heat-related illnesses that occur when the body cannot maintain a normal temperature. Heat-related disorders include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rashes. This training course is designed to help learners understand the dangers of heat stress in both indoor and outdoor environments and how to prevent and respond to a heat stress emergency.
  • Respiratory Protection (with Silica): In this Silica training course, you will learn about the basics of Silica, and Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust encountered during construction and other activities. This course will identify the basic health hazards associated with exposure to silica and respirable crystalline silica dust, some of the common tasks that could result in exposure to respirable crystalline, and typical control measures employers may implement to protect workers from exposure to silica and respirable crystalline silica including engineering controls, work practices, and respirators. Additionally, you will learn about the contents of the new OSHA regulation concerning silica and respirable crystalline silica and where to get a copy of the regulation, be able to recognize who and what a competent person is and the basic requirements surrounding OSHA’s new Respirable Crystalline Silica standard (e.g. exposure limits, housekeeping, written exposure control plan, medical monitoring, training, and recordkeeping). This course is for employees or business owners, or anyone who has a supervisor responsibility where Silica dust may be present in the course of their work. Participants will receive a course completion certificate upon successfully completing the course. Participants will earn .3 CEUs from the Florida Chamber Safety Council.
  • Lockout/Tagout: This course will provide authorized workers with the knowledge to follow the step-by-step procedures for isolating equipment during maintenance and services using such techniques as lock-out tag-out, lockbox, blinding, disconnect and misalign, double block and bleed, and single valve isolation. Students will learn how to detect hazardous conditions and implement control measures related to the control of hazardous energy, written isolation procedures, training for authorized and affected employees, and periodic inspection of energy control procedures. The training course emphasizes each employee’s responsibilities during those procedures using practice exercises and simulations. This course will greatly benefit any operator or employee working with processes where lock-out tag-out may be required. Operatives/Employees working with machines or equipment in which the sudden release of energy could cause injury or damage and persons with Technical executive function. This course will also provide outstanding benefits to any Qualified Supervisors within an Energy Isolation environment or any other plant or construction personnel directly responsible for performing Safe Process Isolations. Participants will receive a course completion certificate and earn .7 Continuing Education Units from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DS/DW/WW02099004) upon successfully completing the course.

(Disclaimer: All included training credits subject to scheduling limitations. The Florida Chamber Safety Council will strive to facilitate the requested training times and dates. Personnel limitation may necessitate alternate training accommodations as no date and time are guaranteed.)

For more information, please contact Jason Mozo at [email protected].

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