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June 19
Get More Out of Your Summer with These Refreshing Ideas

June 21st is officially the first day of summer.  That can mean beautiful but long and hot days ahead.  Have fun and keep healthly and safe with these tips:

Adapt your exercise regime for the temperature - swimming laps or water aerobics are great low impact, high result options that will keep you cool.  If walking or running is more your speed, sunrise or sunset on the beach is a perfect way to start and end your day.  ​Get more tips here.

Use sunscreen and wear a hat - direct exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer and other damage.  Learn how not to get burned.  Sun Safety Tips

Stay Hydrated - drink lots of water.  Stay ahead of your thirst.  Eight 13 ounce servings of water are recommended daily. Click Here for more ways to keep hydrated and beat the heat. 



June 19
Hurricane Season is Upon Us

Hurricane season officially began June 1. Living in Florida, you probably know the drill, but don't wait until the last minute to get prepared. Visit for the basics including a family plan, necessary supplies, and identifying shelter locations. 

Get it done now and you won't have to scramble when a storm is approaching.

June 08
Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Risk Management Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook:  Issue 3 | Volume 8 |May-June 2017

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:

  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Personal Wellness
  • Best Management Practices - When Personal Issues Present A Problem In The Workplace
  • A lifetime Of Risk - Preventable Injuries
  • Hurricane Season 2017 - Be Ready When The Storm Hits
  • Safety Awards
  • Summer Driving Safety
  • Word Search
Click here to open the newsletter:  Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook
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.

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