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10/24 Deaths in Central Florida


JEANETTE A. PETRAITIS, 84, Umatilla, died Wednesday. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatilla. ALFRED JAMES DiBERNARDO, 56, Apopka, died Wednesday. DeGusipe Funeral Home and Crematory, Maitland. LINDA GUNN HENDERSON, 71, Orlando, died Thursday. Carey Hand Colonial ...

Mrs. Rita Faye Martin


She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Billy Wayne Martin of Goodwater; sons, Steven Wayne Martin (Katherine), of Apopka, FL and Kevin Lee Martin (Carrie), of Helena; daughter-in-law, Tina Martin of Alexander City; brother, George Randall East of ...

Thursday's Afternoon Update


In theory, that means more opportunities for retailers to sell to adults and children. More at the Ocala Star-Banner. Florida Roundup Apopka's new mayor made ‘rookie mistakes' Joe Kilsheimer drew international headlines in March when he defeated the 93 ...

Howard Hendrix: 500-pound Apopka, Florida, man uses size to resist arrest


APOPKA, Fla. - A Central Florida man weighing almost 500 pounds used his size to resist arrest following a domestic violence incident Sunday afternoon, WESH 2 News reported. Howard Hendrix, 45, allegedly repeatedly slapped his girlfriend and had to be ...

Apopka golfer wins world title at ParaLong Drive competition


July 4, 2007 is a day John Rogers of Apopka, FL, will never forget. And now he can add October 17, 2014 as another day he will always remember, but for a much happier reason. A total of 16 male and female champions were crowned in this four-day event ...



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Nobody who starts smoking in adolescence expect your teeth will begin to fall when you are 40

No person who starts smoking in adolescence expect your teeth will begin to fall when you are 40.But that´s exactly what happened to Felicita and Brett, two people in real life who tell their stories in the CDC´s tips of quitters ( Advice ). The new high-impact ads will be broadcast throughout the United States as of July 7, 2014. Advertisements encourage smokers to stop smoking and to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784 -8669) or 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569) if you want free help. Smoking causes immediate and long-term damage to the body. Former smokers who are in the campaign share very personal stories about their own suffering to motivate smokers to quit. Seven people from different parts of the country are in the most recent campaign Advice .

Smoking destroys the smile

It is known that cigarette smoking causes yellow teeth are made, but for many it is a surprise that can cause tooth loss. The explanation is gum disease (periodontal disease), an infection of the gums and bone structure supporting the teeth. In severe cases, gum disease can make your teeth fall out.If you smoke:
  • Is twice as likely to have gum disease than non-smoking person.
  • The more cigarettes smoked, the greater your risk of gum disease.
  • The longer you smoke, the greater your risk of gum disease.
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Felicita and Brett, two new campaigners advice , learned the hard way that smoking can ruin your teeth. Felicita started smoking at age 12 and continued to do so for many more, but did not realize that smoking worsens their dental problems. Like many people with gum disease, did not feel much pain as gums worse. At age 50, Felicita was the dentist to have a tooth taken out and could not believe it when he learned that they had to get everyone. Currently, Felicita loves not being a smoker, but I do not smile much because ashamed to have dentures. The campaign ads Advice Felicita tell the story in English and Spanish.
The history of Felicita
Brettstarted smoking at 16 to impress a girl. When I was about 35, Brett gave him gum disease and when he turned 42, and he had to take almost all teeth, including 16 in a single operation. After several attempts, Brett finally managed to quit smoking. Now know you can not smoke or even a puff that could fall. "My wake up call was lost most of my teeth," he says. Now Brett is 4 years without smoking. Stay away from cigarettes and have good dental habits are important to help prevent gum disease.This means brushing your teeth, use floss or dental floss to remove tartar and go to the dentist regularly for checkups and to make professional cleanings.

Smoking, pregnancy and babies

Smoking during pregnancy can cause serious health problems for the mother and baby. The baby may be born much too soon, have a birth defect or dying from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Even being around smoke a cigarette can cause health problems for the mother and baby. Amanda started smoking when I was in fifth grade and when was 13 and smoked every day, even outside during the harsh Wisconsin winters. While in college, newly-engaged to be married and still smoking a pack-daily, Amanda learned she was pregnant. His daughter was born 2 months premature. The tiny baby spent weeks in a hospital incubator. "Cancer. I do not give."
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Rose grew up in a small town in Texas and started smoking at age 13. After a while, I had an addiction to two packs a day and almost lost a foot due to blockage of blood vessels. Before Rose could leg surgery at an X-ray showed he had lung cancer, which then spread to the brain. After two operations, Rose is in close contact with their oncologists. "I regret having started smoking in the first place," says Rose. Shawn lives in Washington state and began smoking at age 14 to try to be accepted by the other students in a new school. I was about 45 when a chronic cough and laryngitis ended up being throat cancer. He endured 38 radiation treatments and finally quit smoking, but doctors could not save his larynx. You now have a stoma (hole) that lets you breathe and laryngeal implant that allows you to talk. Terrie lived in North Carolina and started smoking in high school. At age 40, he was diagnosed with mouth and throat cancer, and they removed the larynx. Terrie fought cancer bravely until he died at age 53 in the fall of 2013. She shares a powerful message in a new ad that was recorded days before he died. More than anything, Terrie wanted help motivate smokers to quit, and could avoid the pain and suffering she passed by.

Smoking and HIV

If you have HIV, the virus that can cause AIDS, smoking is especially dangerous to your health. If you smoke:
  • You are more likely to be affected by the harmful consequences of smoking than people who do not have HIV. These diseases include cancer, heart disease or stroke.
  • You are more likely to have HIV-related infections that people who have HIV and do not smoke.These diseases include oral candidiasis (an infection in the mouth) and Pneumocystispneumonia , a dangerous infection of the lungs.
Brian was in good health, worked in California and had it under control HIV when her life changed drastically. Cigarette smoking combined with HIV, made ??her some obstruct blood vessels. At 43, he had a blood clot in the lungs, stroke, and he had surgery on a neck artery. "I had to have a stroke to quit smoking," says Brian. For months after the stroke, Brian struggled to speak and read. I could not work or even dress. Today, his right hand is still weak so you can no longer work as a waiter or give pottery classes.

Resources for quitting

People who quit smoking can significantly reduce your risk of illness or premature death. The younger of quitting smoking, the more likely you are to avoid health problems. The following resources can help you quit smoking:
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You have the right to a safe workplace

You have the right to a safe workplace. The Law on Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) was enacted to prevent death, injury or illness of workers in their workplaces. The law requires employers to provide free working conditions hazards and unsafe conditions. The Act (OSH Act) created the Administration Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA), which sets and enforces standards that protect the safety and health at workplaces. OSHA also provides information, training and assistance to workers and employers. Workers can make a complaint to OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe their employer is not following OSHA standards or there are serious risks. Contact us with questions or to make a complaint . We will keep your information confidential. We are here to help.

The rights of workers under the OSHA Act

Workers have the right to conditions of work without risk of serious harm. Site to ensure safe and healthful workplace, OSHA also provides workers the right to:
  • Ask OSHA to conduct an inspection of the workplace.
  • Exercise their rights under the law of revenge free or discrimination.
  • Receive information and training about hazards, methods to prevent damage and OSHA standards that apply to your workplace. The training must be in a language you can understand;
  • Having access to the results of the tests done to find hazards in the workplace,
  • Read the archives of injuries and work-related diseases ;
  • Access to copies of your medical records ;

Who covers the OSHA

Private sector workers Most employees in the country are under the jurisdiction of the OSHA law. OSHA covers employers and private sector workers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and other jurisdictions of the United States, either directly by the OSHA Federal, or anOSHA-approved state program . State Programs health and safety should be at least as effective as federal OSHA program. To find the contact information for the Office of Federal or state program of the nearest OSHA, see the map of the regional offices. Employees of state and local government Employees who work for state and local governments are not covered by the federal OSHA, but have protection under the OSHA law if they work in states that have a state program approved by OSHA. Four states and a territory of the USA. UU. have OSHA-approved plans that cover only public sector employees. These include: Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and the Virgin Islands. Workers in the private sector in these four states and the Virgin Islands are covered by federal OSHA. Federal workers Federal agencies must have a safety and health program that meets the same standards as private employers. Although OSHA does not assign fines to federal agencies, yes the monitors and responds to complaints from their workers. The States Postal Service (USPS) is covered by OSHA. Not covered by the OSHA Act:
  • Freelance workers;
  • Members of the immediate family of the owners of a farm that did not employ outside workers; and
  • Workplace hazards that are regulated by another federal agency (eg Administration Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Coast Guard)

Standards OSHA: Occupational

OSHA standards are regulations that describe the methods that employers must use to protect their employees from hazards and risks. There are OSHA standards for the construction , agriculturemarine operations , and general industry. latter category are the standards that apply to most workplaces. Standards limit the amount of hazardous chemicals to which workers can be exposed;require the use of certain safe practices and equipment; and require employers to monitor hazards and keep reports of injuries and illnesses in the workplace. Examples of OSHA standards include requirements to: provide fall protection; prevent the collapse of excavations; prevent some infectious diseases; ensure that workers entering confined spaces safely; prevent employees from being exposed to harmful substances such as asbestos; put guards on machines; provide respirators or other safety equipment; and provide training for certain dangerous jobs. Employers must also conform to the General Duty Clause of the OSHA Act ​​requires employers to keep their workplace free of hazards that are recognized as serious. This clause is usually cited when no OSHA standard applies directly to danger.

Workers can request that OSHA inspect your workplace

Workers or their representatives, may file a complaint and request OSHA to conduct an inspection of your workplace if they believe there is a serious danger or your employer is not complying with OSHA standards. A worker can tell OSHA to keep your identity confidential. 's a violation of the OSH Act an employee is fired, demoted, transferred, or discriminated against in any way for filing a complaint or exercise other rights of OSHA. You can make a complaint online , download the form and mail or fax to the office of the nearest OSHA ; or by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). Most of the complaints received from the Internet can be resolved informally by phone with your employer. Written complaints that are signed by an employee or representative and sent to the OSHA office nearest are more likely to result in an OSHA inspection at your workplace. When the OSHA inspector arrives, workers and their representatives have the right to:
  • Be present during the inspection.
  • Talk to the OSHA inspector privately.
  • Take part in meetings between the inspector and the employer before and after the inspection.
When no union representative or the employee, the OSHA inspector must speak confidentially to a reasonable number of employees during the course of the inspection. When an inspector finds violations of OSHA standards or serious hazards, OSHA can issue citations and fines. A citation includes the methods that an employer can use to fix the problem, and the date when these corrective actions must be completed. Workers have the right to challenge only the date when the problem has to be solved. But employers have the right to dispute whether there is a violation, or any other part of the citation. Workers or their representatives must notify OSHA if they want to be involved in the appeal process, if the employer challenges a subpoena. "If you send a complaint requesting an OSHA inspection, you are entitled to a copy of the results of the OSHA inspection and request that they be revised if OSHA decides not to issue citations."

Employer Responsibilities

Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace. Employers MUST provide a workplace free of serious hazards and follow all health and safety standards of OSHA .Employers have to find and fix security issues and health. OSHA also requires employers to try to eliminate or reduce hazards by making changes in working conditions, rather than simply wear masks, gloves, ear plugs, or other types of personal protective equipment (PPE for short in English). Switching to safer chemicals, processes to trap harmful gases, or using ventilation systems to clean the air are examples of effective ways to eliminate or reduce risks. Employers also MUST:
  • Inform employees about the dangers workout, tags, alarms, color-coded systems, information sheets on chemicals and other methods.
  • Save accurate reports of injuries and work-related diseases .
  • Testing in the workplace, such as air sampling, required by some OSHA standards
  • Providing hearing tests or other medical tests required by OSHA standards
  • Locate OSHA citations, data on injuries and illnesses, and the OSHA poster at the jobsite in a place where employees can see them.
  • Report to OSHA within 8 hours after an incident in the workplace where there is a death or when three or more workers to go to hospital.
  • Not discriminate and not retaliate against an employee for exercising their rights under the law.

You can not be punished or discriminated against for exercising their rights under the law of the OSHA

OSHA law protects workers who complain to their employer, OSHA or other government agencies on working conditions that are not healthy or safe, or environmental problems. You can not be transferred, denied a raise, have your hours reduced, be fired, or punished in any other way for exercising their rights under the law of OSHA. OSHA There is help for whistleblowers . If you have been punished or discriminated against for asserting your rights, you must file a complaint with OSHA within 30 days of the alleged retaliation have occurred to most complaints. No form is required, but you must send a letter or call the office nearest OSHA explaining the situation and the alleged discrimination.

What if there is a dangerous situation at work?

If you believe that your work conditions are not healthy or safe, we recommend that you notify your employer of the conditions, if possible. You can make a complaint with OSHA about a hazardous job at any time. But you should not leave the job site only because you made ​​a complaint. If the condition clearly presents a risk of death or serious physical harm, there is insufficient time for OSHA consider, and, whenever possible, you have shown the condition to your employer, you may have a legal right reused to work in a situation where you would be exposed to danger.

Additional information for workers

Does OSHA has reviewed my employer? You can research the history of inspection through their employer seeking establishment of OSHA . Just enter the name of your company and choose the dates you want to examine. What is the danger most commonly cited in my industry? You'll need to know the standard industry classification code (SIC, for its acronym in English) from their employer . Once you know your four-digit code, visit the OSHA Standards that are frequently cited , enter your SIC code and see the information for the last year. Does OSHA provides technical information on hazards? OSHA provides technical information to help workers, employers and professionals in health and safety issues, to reduce occupational injuries and illnesses. For example, you can find information on pathogens, and ergonomic machine guards or fall protection. What is the OSHA materials that may be of interest to workers? OSHA publishes a variety of publications on many topics. Some of the most useful publications for workers are listed below. See OSHA publications for a complete list of materials published by the agency. You can also order publications online.


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