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October is National Fire Prevention Month, and Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) is helping spread the knowledge of fire prevention on campus.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) creates simple steps for planning ahead. This year’s theme, Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere, is targeted education on each important step of fire prevention.

The increase in popularity and variety of food trucks in Birmingham means more options for students and employees. When these food trucks are invited onto campus, there is now one extra step to ensure the food trucks operate within established safety practices.

“Traditional restaurants that set up shop on campus are inspected by the Health Department, and permits are issued and updated on an annual basis,” said Rob Emmons, Occupational Health & Safety Campus Safety Manager. “However, while the food trucks go through an inspection with the Health Department, we don’t see those results. So, we have a process to ensure the safety of our campus community.”

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Safety for our sight is an ongoing concern. Everyone, whether doing research, maintenance, healthcare, etc., should protect their eyes. An involuntary movement of the eye, a blink, is part of several reflexes that we use to protect our eyes. Something as simple as sunglasses can help ensure that your vision remains intact and your sight uncompromised. Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts. They also protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure.