Scope on Safety: Spill safetyby: Ken Roy

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Preventing chemical spills in the laboratory is critical, but teachers also need to know what to do if a spill does occur. This article outlines strategies to help with hazardous chemical spills in lab facilities and on people, with a special section relating to mercury spills. As advocated by the National Science Education Standards, there should be virtually no use of hazardous chemicals in the middle level classroom.

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  • on Sat Dec 04, 2010 3:05 PM

Spills are a fact of life; unfortunately cleaning up a classroom spill can be quite a bit more involved than cleaning up a spill from home, especially when dealing with potentially hazardous substances. The article gives a specific plan for cleaning up liquid and solid spills and discusses what to do if spills contact skin or clothing. A list of materials for a "spill cart" is also included.

Patricia McGinnis  (Pottstown, PA)
Patricia McGinnis (Pottstown, PA)

  • on Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:19 AM

Spills in a science laboratory room are a common thing especially when we are talking about using water. This article describes the need for ‘chemical crash cans’ for chemical spills. These might be of help for high school labs but in today’s world most middle school laboratory rooms have outlawed the use of dangerous chemicals. The article goes on to talk about spills on people. This can truly be a problem in a higher level lab. This article was written in 2005 but seems better applied to high schools now.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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