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How to Participate in Florida Choose Safe Places

Hazardous Waste Site Health Risk Assessment Program

By participating in Florida Choose Safe Places, Early Care and Education Providers can do their part to help protect children and staff from environmental hazards. There are currently three different options for participation. You may choose to participate in option 1 or 2 separately, option 2 and 3 together or complete all three!



Participate in the training: “Choosing a Safe Environment for Child Care”.

This 45 minute on-demand training (coming soon) provides an overview of Florida Choose Safe Places and the factors to consider when choosing a safe environment for child care.



Complete an Environmental Health Self-Assessment of your child care location.

The Environmental Health Self-Assessment allows providers to self-assess their location to identify potential environmental hazards that could harm children and staff. Completed forms should be sent back to the Florida Department of Health. Submission directions are provided on the form.



Request an in-depth assessment of your location.

When completing the Environmental Health Self-Assessment (see OPTION 2), you will be able to request an in-depth assessment of your location. This will include a more detailed screening of publicly available databases to check for potential environmental hazards on or near your location. Recommendations will be provided by a health risk assessor. The Environmental Health Self-Assessment must be completed to receive an in-depth assessment. 


Florida Choose Safe Places is currently working on a certification program where providers can earn certificates based on their level of program completion. Stay tuned for more information!