Tips for Staying Safe This Summer

OSHA and the US Department of Labor recently published a press release reminding both employers and employees to remember necessary precautions for working safely during summer months. Florida's plumbing professionals are no strangers to sweltering summer temperatures, but dangerous heat exposure can occur indoors or outdoors any time if the conditions are right.

When working in a warm environment, the human body relies on its ability to get rid of excess heat to maintain a healthy internal body temperature. Heat dissipation happens naturally through sweating and increased blood flow to the skin. Workers cool down more rapidly if the external (environmental) heat and physical activity (metabolic heat) are reduced. If heat dissipation does not happen quickly enough, the internal body temperature keeps rising and the worker may experience symptoms including:

  • Thirst
  • Irritability
  • A rash
  • Cramping
  • Heat exhaustion or heat stroke

Heatstroke is the most severe heat-related illness. Workers suffering from heatstroke experience mental dysfunction such as unconsciousness, confusion, disorientation, or slurred speech. If you or any of your employees experience these symptoms on a job site, call 911 immediately!

Here are three important tips to remember from OSHA’s Occupational Heat Exposure page to ensure everyone stays safe this summer:

  • Water. Rest. Shade. Workers should drink water every 15 minutes, and take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas
  • Ensure adequate planning and supervision is in place to keep workers safe in the heat
  • Train workers on the hazards of heat exposure and how to prevent illness

We are happy to help ensure the safety of America’s working men and women by providing workplace safety training in all of our state-approved continuing education packages. Remember, Florida plumbers must renew their licenses by August 31st!


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Florida Plumbing Continuing Education FAQ

How often do I have to renew my plumbing license in Florida?

Every two years. Registered plumbing contractors renew their licenses by August 31 of odd-numbered years. Certified plumbing contractors renew their licenses by August 31 of even-numbered years.

How many hours of Continuing Education do I need to renew my Florida plumber license?

  • The Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board requires contractors obtain 14 hours of continuing education every 2 years including:
    • 1-hour - Workplace Safety
    • 1-hour - Workers' Compensation
    • 1-hour - Business Practices
    • 1-hour - Advanced Building Code
    • 1-hour - Laws and Rules
    • 1-hour - Wind Mitigation
  • The remaining 8 hours are considered 'General' and can cover any of our approved topics.
  • If your license was issued more than 1 year, but less than 2 years, prior to August 31st of the renewal year, you must complete 7 hours of general credits for the current renewal cycle.
  • If your license was issued less than 12 months prior to August 31st of the renewal years, you do not have to complete any continuing education for this cycle.

How do I renew my Certified Contractor Plumbers License?

To renew your license, you will need to create an account with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation website and complete the renewal process. Click here for the steps to create your account.

What is the fee to renew my Florida plumbing license?

Certified Contractor = $209 *
Registered Contractor = $209 *

* Includes $5 Unlicensed Activity fee and a fee of $4 which must be transferred to the Department of Community Affairs to fund projects relating to the building construction industry or continuing education programs offered to persons engaged in the building construction industry in Florida.

Who do I contact regarding a plumbing license in Florida?

Division of Professions
Construction Industry Licensing Board
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783
Phone: 850.487.1395

Website: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/index.html


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