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October 23
New EPA Guidance Helps Schools Protect and Improve IAQ during Renovations

On Friday October 17, 2014, EPA released new guidance to help protect and improve indoor air quality (IAQ) in school buildings during upgrades, particularly building renovations and energy efficiency upgrades. The guidance is written to help risk managers, school facility managers, building operators, and others prevent and control potentially harmful conditions during building renovations and construction activities that can create dust, introduce new contaminants and contaminant pathways, create or aggravate moisture problems, and result in inadequate ventilation of occupied spaces. The document addresses 23 priority issues and contaminants identified by EPA to be commonly associated with building upgrades, including moisture control and mold, asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), exhaust ventilation, protecting IAQ during construction, and job-site safety. Other issues covered in the document are lead, environmental tobacco smoke, building products and materials emissions, and outdoor air ventilation.

EPA estimates that about half of U.S. schools have adopted IAQ management plans; however, approximately 25 million children in nearly 60,000 schools remain unprotected by IAQ management programs.

View Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades on EPA’s website.

October 17
Planning a Bake Sale at FSU?

​Bake sales can be a fun fundraiser for your organization. Before you start baking, make sure you’ve followed all the right steps to ensure your bake sale is a success.

  1. Start planning early.

    Start thinking about when and where you’d like to have a bake sale. Planning early gives you plenty of time to meet deadlines and get the date and location you want.

  2. Make space reservations.

    To reserve space for Market Wednesdays in the Oglesby Union, please go to

    To reserve space in the Union (NOT Market Wednesday), please go to

    For other locations, refer to the Facility Reservations section at

    Some locations may require additional facility reservation approvals. For example, bake sales may be held in the atrium of the College of Engineering, but require prior approval from Engineering School faculty and staff.

  3. Submit an Event Permit request.

    All Event Permit requests should be submitted at least 10 days prior to your event. Event Permit requests are submitted through the Nole Central site.

    For RSOs:

    For outside organizations or departments:

    When submitting your Event Permit request, be sure to include all your food information. By including your food information in your Event Permit request, you are automatically submitting a Food Permit request.

    If you are preparing homemade baked goods, include the address(es) where the baked goods will be made. If you are purchasing baked goods, list the store/bakery/etc. where baked goods are purchased. Your bake sale will not be approved without this information.

  4. Make yourself available.

    After you’ve submitted your Event Permit request, check the Nole Central site to see if there are any questions about your event. Campus partners may post questions, comments, or other guidelines specific to your event. Make sure you answer questions and keep everyone notified of changes to your event.

  5. Let’s get baking!

    FSU’s food service policy does not allow baked goods with potentially hazardous fillings or toppings such as custards, cheese, or cream cheese. Similarly, items that must remain chilled such as puddings, flans, or cheesecake are not allowed. For more information, refer to the food service policy at

    Baked goods should be made in a clean environment using clean serving utensils.

    All food handlers should wash their hands and wear disposable gloves. There should be no direct hand contact with the food.

    All baked goods should be individually portioned and wrapped prior to bringing them to campus. This applies to both homemade and store bought items. Cookies, doughnuts, slices of cake, etc. must be individually wrapped in plastic wrap or tin foil, or placed in individual plastic bags.

    There should be no open items at your bake sale. For example, if you purchase a box of cupcakes from the grocery store, the cupcakes should be removed from the box and individually wrapped.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Do I need to fill out a separate Food Permit form?

    No. Anytime your organization is planning on serving food to the public (bake sales, open meetings, seminars, etc.), you need to submit an Event Permit request through the Nole Central site. When you submit your Event Permit request, be sure to describe all of your food information, including specific food items you will serve and where they will be purchased.

  2. Can I sell other food items?

    FSU has specific food service contracts with Seminole Dining and others. Bake sales are allowed, but you must get approval from the Office of Business Services to sell other food items. Remember that homemade baked goods are allowed, but all other food items must be fully cooked and fully prepared by a licensed food service vendor (restaurant, caterer, grocery store deli, etc.).

  3. What exactly are “baked goods”? What about food like pizza? That’s baked…

    For food events at FSU, baked goods applies to cookies, cakes, muffins, breads, pastries – items generally found in the bakery section of a grocery store. Foods that happen to be cooked in an oven like pizza, lasagna, turkey, or fish sticks are not allowed.

  4. How do I submit an Event Permit request?

    For instructions for RSOs, you can refer to

  5. What happens if I don’t have an Event Permit?

    EH&S will conduct random inspections of food events to make sure that all food safety guidelines are being followed. If we come across an event that has not been given prior approval, you will be asked to stop serving food at your event. If there is a serious problem, an incident report may be filed.

  6. I have another question.

    We’re here to help! Email, call, or stop by the office. We’ll be happy to help you plan a safe successful event.

    Environmental Health & Safety – Biological Safety
    1200 Carothers Hall
    (850) 644-9117 or (850) 644-5374

For more information about event planning at FSU, go to or stop by the Student Activities Center located in the Oglesby Union, room A305.

October 08
Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Risk Management Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook:  Issue 5 | Volume 5 | September-October 2014

The Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Risk Management produces a periodic newsletter titled Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook.  In this issue, the following topics are presented:

  • Online Defensive Driving Course
  • 2014 Fire Prevention Week:  Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives
  • Laboratory Training:  A Closer Look At UCF's Award Winning Program
  • New OSHA Brochure Helps Protect Healthcare Workers From MDS Injuries
  • Fire Safety Tips Poster
  • Transform Your Safety Culture Using "Six Sigma"

Click here to open the newsletter: Safety and Prevention Outlook

October 02
New Fall Protection Fact Sheet

The AIHA Safety Committee recently developed a fall protection fact sheet on calculating clearances when using the new ANSI Z359.13 lanyards. Serious injuries can occur if a worker impacts the ground or other lower obstruction. When a fall arrest system is being used, it is essential to know both the required and the available clearance.

The new fact sheet discusses the old ANSI Z359.1 lanyards and concerns with their use and provides information about the new ANSI Z359.13 lanyards. The fact sheet answers the following questions:

  • Does OSHA allow free falls to exceed 6 feet and PEAs to deploy more than 3.5 feet?
  • When using the new (Z359.13) equipment, do the required clearances need to increase?
  • Are ANSI Z359.1 energy-absorbing lanyards still available for purchase?
  • When may the new PEAs exceed 3.5 feet of deployment?

The fact sheet can be found at the following link: fall protection fact sheet.

October 02
Buy Quiet

Noise-induced hearing loss is the most common work-related injury in the United States. Each year approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to noise loud enough to damage their hearing. To create a more healthful workplace, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends preventing hazardous noise through controls for noise exposure and encourages business owners to create Buy Quiet programs as a first step.

New online resources from NIOSH provide information and support for employers who have or are considering implementing a Buy Quiet program. The newly released resources are available on NIOSH’s website and include a new video, several posters, and links to other Buy Quiet websites of organizations who are partners in the agency’s initiative. The new materials explain how to establish a Buy Quiet program, discuss its benefits, and provide additional resources for finding quieter tools and machinery for workplaces.

NIOSH’s Buy Quiet initiative aims to help prevent work-related noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) by encouraging companies to buy or rent quieter machinery and tools to reduce employees’ noise exposures. According to the agency, NIHL is the most common work-related injury in the U.S.

The new resources are collected on NIOSH’s workplace safety and health topic page for Buy Quiet.

October 01
Smoke and Combination Smoke/CO Alarms Recalled Due to Alarm Failure

​The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that Kidde has recalled aproximately 1.3 million Residential Smoke and Combination Smoke and CO Alarm Units. The recall indicates that the alarms could fail to alert consumers of a fire or a CO incident following a power outage. The units were sold at CED, City Electric Supply, HD Supply, Home Depot, Menards Inc. and other retailers, electrical distributors and online at,, and from January 2014 through July 2014 for between $30 and $50. Consumers should immediately contact Kidde for a free replacement smoke or combination smoke/CO alarm. Consumers should keep using the recalled alarms until they install replacement alarms. The recall indicates that there have not been any reported incidents or injuries associated with the recall. The recall can be viewed at:

August 25
Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Risk Management Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook:  Issue 4 | Volume 5 | July-August 2014

​The Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Risk Management produces a periodic newsletter titled Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook.  In this issue, the following topics are presented:

  • A focus on safety best practices, Part 3: employee engagement
  • Know your surroundings
  • Slippery when wet poster
  • Workers' compensation chart by cause for FY 13/14
  • Move over law includes more than emergency vehicles
  • DOT Defensive Driver Course
  • National Immunization Awareness Month
  • HSMV launches child safety awareness month
Click here to open the newsletter: Safety and Prevention Outlook
August 05
Review of Laboratory Safety Protocols and Practices

Recent incidents involving a potential anthrax exposure to laboratory personnel, the accidental contamination of a relatively benign flu sample with a dangerous H5N1 bird flu by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the discovery of previously unknown stocks of smallpox on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, have shown that even highly secure research facilities are not immune to mistakes and accidents. Fortunately, there have been no fatalities from these incidents. To ensure that no incidents like these occur at FSU, the Department of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) conducts routine laboratory and safety equipment inspections. To better avoid incidents like these from occurring and to uphold the laboratory safety standard at Florida State University (FSU), EH&S encourage all Principal Investigators, faculty, staff, and students at FSU attend the required safety training and to evaluate their laboratory safety protocols and practices and to call EH&S when safety questions arise. You may contact the EH&S main office at (850) 644-6895 or visit us on the web at for additional information.

For additional information, see:

July 24
Sky Lantern Event Requests

​FSU Fire Safety periodiocaly recieves request to allow the release of sky lanterns from groups on campus. While the display of sky lanterns can evoke a sense of solace to people attending release events, their usage in the proximity of buildings and combustible vegetation can pose a significant fire hazard. The US Fire Administration disseminated an article that explains the threat posed by the hazardous devices. Coffee Break Training: Fire Threats from Sky Lanterns.

July 01
Happy Fourth of July!  If You Must Use Fireworks Use Them Safely

​FSU recommends that you enjoy the Fourth at a professional fireworks venue.  If you must set off fireworks at home please review and follow these safety tips.  Safety Doctor Fireworks Safety Tips

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