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May 02
Building Safety Month

​Building Safety Month, as established by the International Code Council (ICC), is celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide during the month of May.  Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign to help individuals, families, and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.  The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of: 1) up-to-date model building codes, 2) a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and, 3) a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system. Florida State University Building Code Administration, a section of the Environmental Health and Safety Department, is the jurisdiction charged with ensuring code compliance on FSU properties.

Who Needs Building Codes?

All communities, including University communities, need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires, weather related events, and structural collapse.  Model building codes are society's best way of protecting homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, retail stores, and entertainment venues.  Code officials work day in and day out to keep the public safe throughout the built environment.  Building Safety Month is a month-long celebration of all aspects of building safety that helps families, employers, and leaders understand and appreciate the best practices that keep the places where we live, work and play, safe.

For more information about the International Code Council and Building Safety Month, go to:

April 24
Trump's Proposal to Scrap Chemical Safety Board Draws Criticism

​President Donald Trump's proposal to do away with the federal agency that investigates chemical accidents drew sharp criticism from environmental, labor and safety advocates, who said that eliminating the watchdog would put American lives at risk. Read more:

April 24

Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people around him or her will also become infected if they’re not immune. It can cause serious complications and death. Protect your child with the measles vaccine, including before traveling abroad.

April 19
Opioid-Related Overdose in America

​Every day, 91 Americans die from an opioid-related overdose. Learn what the CDC is doing to end the opioid epidemic in America.

April 19
Still Cooking with Aluminum Foil? You'll Want to Read This

According to the World Health Organization, human bodies are capable of properly releasing small amounts of aluminum efficiently, so it’s considered safe to ingest 40mg per kilogram of body weight of aluminum per day. Unfortunately, most people are ingesting far more than this.

Scientists have been looking at the potential threat that overexposure to aluminum may have on human health for years, and have found some disturbing results. For example, researchers have found high concentrations of aluminum in the brain tissue of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have also found that high aluminum intake may be linked to a reduction in the growth rate of human cells and be potentially harmful for patients with bone diseases or renal impairment.

Read more:

April 17
EPA Reaches Out to a Florida College

​The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, has reached out to Edward Waters College to sign a "Memorandum of Understanding," where the EPA will partner with the college to help strengthen education and the environment ties.

For more information, please see the provided link:

April 17
Bat Found in Bag of Salad in Florida

Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working with the Florida Department of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to support an investigation of a dead bat that was found in a packaged salad purchased from a grocery store in Florida. Two people in Florida reported eating some of the salad before the bat was found.

April 07
FDA and Federal Partners Issue the 2017–2021 Food Safety Plan

​NEWS RELEASE: FDA and federal partners issue the 2017–2021 food safety plan. Top efforts will target 4 pathogens—Salmonella, Escherichia coli (E.coli) 0157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter. Foodborne illnesses sicken almost 48 million Americans every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. See FDA to learn the plan’s key objectives and who’s involved:

April 07
44 States Reported Cases of Pregnant Women with Evidence of Zika in 2016

​44 states reported cases of pregnant women with evidence of Zika in 2016. Most of these infections were related to travel. Pregnant women can protect themselves by not traveling to any area with Zika. Read more in the new Vital Signs:

April 07
Does the Sound of Noisy Eating Drive You Mad? Here's Why

​Misophonia, a disorder which means sufferers have a hatred of sounds such as eating, chewing, loud breathing or even repeated pen-clicking, was first named as a condition in 2001. To read more

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