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About The Florida Safety Council

Mission Statement

"To reduce preventable injuries and deaths by developing and distributing world-class safety and health programs, training, and products."

Our History

In 1953, The Orange County Citizens Safety Council, a non-profit 501C3, all volunteer organization, was established under the leadership of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Sarah Griffin Hughes was the elected president and a small office opened at 37 E. Pine Street in Orlando, Florida. At the time the Council’s primary focus was automobile safety, with the first class offered being a driver's assistance program taught by volunteer Florida Highway Patrol officers.

The small organization rapidly grew. In 1955, to better describe the territory served by the Council, the name of the organization was changed to the Florida Safety Council. Throughout the years, the Council expanded and established offices in Seminole, Osceola, Brevard and Lake Counties. Today the Florida Safety Council is training over 80,000 students in classrooms located in twenty-four Florida counties. The Council’s Occupational Safety Department instructors also travel throughout the United States bringing their specialized safety courses to corporate America.

The Council exists to promote safety in every phase of American life. Safety training programs are offered for the workplace, our roadways, and in our homes and schools. To accomplish all of this in July 2010, the modern corporate headquarters relocated from 427 N. Primrose Drive to 1505 East Colonial Drive in Orlando. This centrally located building houses Administrative Services, Curriculum development and comfortable state of the art classrooms..

Also, Occupational Safety training that is designed to meet OSHA regulatory standards, and DUI Counter Attack classes. These are just a few of the more than fifty courses offered every day throughout the year. The Council is also proud of housing one of the largest safety video libraries in the State of Florida. These popular safety video tapes, encompassing hundreds of different titles, are offered free to member companies so that they can present cost effective in-house training to their own employees.

About Us

In 1953, the Florida Safety Council (FSC) began promoting safety throughout Central Florida.  Since that time, over three million individuals have received safety and health related training enabling them to enhance the quality of life in the home, workplace, schools, and on our roadways.  Today, FSC training centers are expanding beyond Central Florida by providing curriculum's for sub-agencies located throughout the state.  In addition, thanks to advanced technology, FSC has over 50 traffic and occupational safety related courses available on the Internet for those seeking a safer environment throughout the world.  We now have students completing safety training courses from all over the U.S. and from places as far away as South America, Europe, and Asia through our parent organization The United Safety Council.

FSC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of prominent business and civic leaders who volunteer their time to create a safer community.  Advisory committees are also utilized to provide program guidance.

What does the Florida Safety Council do?

Driver Improvement Programs:
Promoting traffic safety is the cornerstone of the FSC’s education and training initiatives.  Driver Improvement Programs are designed to encourage safe and courteous driving habits by enhancing defensive driving abilities and awareness.

FSC also offers a variety of driver improvement programs for individuals, commercial drivers, truck drivers, mature drivers, and motorcycle operators.  One-on-one driving lessons, and high school driver education programs are provided as well.  Additionally, FSC provides the Drug & Alcohol Traffic Awareness (D.A.T.A.) course required by Florida law since 1990.  The D.A.T.A. Program was developed to prevent future DUI’s, and is required for all first-time drivers’ license applicants in Florida.

D.U.I. Programs:
FSC’s DUI Programs are aimed at changing the behavior of offenders, therefore reducing the risk of future DUI related arrests, injuries, and deaths.  State certified evaluators and instructors are responsible for helping each client understand the issues and factors related to risk reduction.  The DUI Program is licensed by the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) to provide services in Brevard, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties.

Occupational Safety Training:
FSC
offers a wide variety of safety courses and seminars designed to meet OSHA standards in the workplace. These interactive courses and seminars provided by the United Safety Council offer opportunities for participants to share ideas, problems and solutions.  In addition to training courses and seminars, FSC also sponsors safety and education forums for the community. The FSC is an approved OSHA Training Institute Host Site. FSC is also an approved provider for the Certified Occupational Safety Specialist  (C.O.S.S) program.

Youth Related Programs:
Recognizing the community need for courses to address the driving behaviors and other issues of our youth, FSC created programs targeting drivers and passengers under the age of 25.

Specialty and Online Programs: 
FSC provides an array of specialty online programs which include safe boating, corporate services, and alcohol sales. An in depth explanation of these programs can be found on the web site: www.FloridaSafety.org.

Public Education & Awareness:  
Within the community, FSC promotes safety and mishap prevention through its speakers bureau, literature, and multi-media public awareness campaigns.

How is the Florida Safety Council funded?

As a private, not-for-profit and non-governmental organization, The Florida Safety Council receives funding through corporate memberships, safety product sales, course fees, grants, and contributions.

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