Scope on Safety: What Is Your First Aid Policy?by: Ken Roy

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Would you know what to do if one of your students had an accident with a chemical that resulted in contact with the skin? What would you do if a student spilled boiling water on his or her hands? These are the types of potential challenges science teachers face every time they walk into a laboratory with students. Prepare yourself for the worst case scenario by developing a first-aid policy for your science classroom as outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Regulations (OSHA).

Grades
  • Middle
Publication Date
1/1/2004

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  • on Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:06 PM

This article is an important read for a teacher who is responsible for addressing some common safety problems. For the fortunate middle school teacher where a nurse is always on hand this article would be a good review to present to the nurse. In my experience through the years, we were first given a first aid kit and then it was taken away and we (the teachers) handled bandages’ only. This information is important but often a district has its own rules about teachers responding to minor accidents. Some of the rules described in the article would be necessary for a professional lab environment and in my opinion not a classroom. Of course one can say this to a judge who is responding to a parent’s claim of teacher negligence. This is a sensitive issue to say the least.

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

  • on Sat Dec 04, 2010 3:14 PM

Did you know that if a science teacher provides first aid that they could be held liable if the student sustains physical or psychological damage? This article provides a thorough discussion from a liability standpoint the chain of events that should occur if an injury happens in the classroom.

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

  • on Sat Dec 04, 2010 3:13 PM

Did you know that if a science teacher provides first aid that they could be held liable if the student sustains physical or psychological damage? This article provides a thorough discussion from a liability standpoint the chain of events that should occur if an injury happens in the classroom.

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


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