Risk Management

Workers' Compensation

The University of South Florida provides a safe and healthy work environment. USF's Workers' Compensation program is intended to provide medical treatment, disability leave and supplemental wages, as necessary, to eligible employees in the event they experience a work-related injury or illness.

Eligible employees include Faculty, Administration, Staff, Federal Work Study student employees and Temporary (formerly OPS) employees, as well as Volunteers, who sustain a work-related injury or illness.  USF is committed to returning employees to work, either on light or regular duty as appropriate, following a work-related injury or illness once a physician has released them to return to work.

The program is administered by the Florida Department of Financial Services with the Division of Risk Management acting as the carrier. At USF the program is overseen by the Division of Environmental Health and Safety Workers' Compensation Administrator.  Injury or illness reporting and medical case management services are provided to injured or ill employees and their supervisors by Amerisys in partnership with the Division of Risk Management.

Requirement for an ill or injured employee:

An employee who becomes ill or is injured as the result  of a work-related incident must report the incident to the supervisor  immediately. The University wants the employee to receive proper care and  treatment to minimize the seriousness of any injury or illness. Report any on-the-job injury to the supervisor, no matter how minor the injury may appear to be.

Requirements for the Supervisor of an ill or injured  employee:

When an employee reports a work-related injury or  illness, take prompt action to:

  1. Ensure the employee receives necessary medical  attention. In case of emergency, call 911 or immediately send the employee to a hospital emergency room.     
  2. With the injured or ill employee, immediately call Amerisys at 1-800-455-2079 to report the work-related injury or illness so the employee can receive appropriate care. In case of emergency, call Amerisys as soon as practicable.     
  3. Complete the Supervisor's Incident/Injury Report and forward to Environmental Health and Safety within 24 hours.     
  4. Take action to correct any safety hazards to prevent  the same or similar injury or illness from occurring again.
  5. If an incident involves a student or someone who experiences a near miss please use the USF Incident and Near Miss Reporting Form

For questions on how to report a work-related injury or  illness or other workers' compensation issues, refer to the links below or  contact USF Workers' Compensation Administrator, Meica Elridge (813) 974-5775. Reports may be emailed to melridge@usf.edu.

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