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Florida's State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF) incorporates NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, which requires ten (10) evacuation drills per year; two (2) in the first two weeks of the school year. This is the current requirement for K-12 facilities and keeps Florida's schools current with national standards. Drills do take time and may seem like a nuisance, but any fire official will attest to the importance of fire drills. Remember this: the one place most people have received consistent and careful practice in emergency evacuation is at school. Some points to consider about emergency drills:

Any complete evacuation, resulting from either a scheduled fire drill, false alarm, or bomb-threat, counts as one of the ten required drills.

Be creative. Vary drills to practice using the correct alternate exit paths in different scenarios.

Schedule drills to take advantage of times when students are "restless," such as Early Release Days.

Post graphic exit signage in classrooms and other occupied spaces showing correct exit paths.

Use only the building fire alarm to sound evacuation. The P.S. or intercom systems are for back-up use only.

"Be Prepared" and "Practice-Practice-Practice" are two simple rules that will remind you of the value of Emergency Evacuation Drills.


The Florida School Plant Management Association (FSPMA) holds periodic conferences. For information call (888) 570-1159.

-- Man minus ear waives hearing.


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires the use of EPA-registered tuberculocidal disinfectants to clean up contaminated surfaces. OSHA defines a contaminated surface as "the presence, or reasonably anticipated presence, of blood or other potentially infectious material." If a disinfectant will destroy tuberculosis, it will be effective against bloodborne pathogens, which are pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, Hepatitis B virus (HB.) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Household bleach can be used according to OSHA; however, because of bleach's corrosive nature and the dangerous formation of chlorine gas when it contacts ammonia, we do not recommend its use as a germicide in schools. In addition to keeping tuberculocidal germicides on hand for blood spills, SREF requires that tuberculocidal germicides be used for cleaning toilet facilities and other surfaces where body fluids are present.

[Note: SREF 1.2(44) requires tuberculocidal disinfectants only; and SREF 5.5(15)(b)2.a. requires that toilet facilities be cleaned and disinfected at least once per day.]

-- Two sisters reunited after eighteen years in checkout line.


- Abbreviations and acronyms used in this newsletter
EPA = Environmental Protection Agency
FSPMA = Florida School Plant Management Association
OSHA = Occupational Safety and Health Administration
NFPA = National Fire Protection Association
P.A. = Public Address (system)
UBCI = Uniform Building Code Inspector


Florida Statutes require that new public schools and community college buildings, and their remodeled areas, be inspected for compliance with the Uniform Building Code by a certified Uniform Building Code Inspector (UBCI). There are approximately 900 persons certified by the office of Educational Facilities as UBCIs. These include architects, engineers, contractors, building inspectors, and construction managers, who inspect every aspect of an educational facility for code compliance. Candidates must meet the professional qualifications, submit an application, and be accepted into the course. The candidate must then complete 32 hours of training and pass a 100 question exam with a minimum score of 75. The course covers codes, life safety, fire safety, accessibility (including accessibility for children), construction and building materials, bidding, workers' compensation, insurance, public school financing, retinae, bonds, and project close out. This is a rigorous course, which offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to applicants who successfully complete it. The course is approved by the Board of Architecture and Interior Design, the Landscape Architect Review Board, the Construction Industry Licensing Board, the State Fire Marshall's Office, and the Board of Business and Professional Regulations for building Inspectors.


Take care to replace any signs removed for painting during the summer months. Signs reading "Emergency Escape," "Fire Extinguisher Inside," "Maximum Capacity," or "Emergency Exit Route" are placed there to ensure the Life Safety of your Building's occupants.

King of the Road!
There once was this Doctor named Ron,
Who worked with Jack, Eric and Don,
Not to mention some fellow named Jon).
Well it came here to pass
that he taught LP Gas,
and OSHA, and Forklift, and so on...
Ron, you went and retired,
but you left us inspired...
...Good Luck Ron, from everyone at Educational Facilities!

Dr. Ron Forguson has retired and will be moving to Orlando


Brevard County Schools has a new Environmental Health and Safety website. There is a lot of good information at:

-- Local high school dropouts cut in half.

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Office of Educational Facilities
824 Turlington Building
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Telephone: 850-245-9294
Fax: 850-245-9236