Scope on Safety: Essential First Aid for Science Teachersby: Ken Roy

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From a practical standpoint, science teachers should be trained to respond to incidents involving burns, bleeding, chemical exposure, swallowed poisons, penetrating objects, lacerations, and shock. Basic training is required to properly handle these situations, and this training should be reviewed annually. A list of possible lab incidents and the appropriate first-aid response is provided.

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  • on Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:36 AM

This article was extremely helpful to me. Our students’ safety should be the most important thing in our classroom. This article talks about nine different types of accidents that could happen in the lab. It tells you what you should look for and what to do if the accident were to occur. Some teachers do not know a lot about first aid training and this article gives a good insight into procedures that can be used in their classroom.

Anna Walker
Anna Walker

  • on Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:56 AM

This article is such a fantastic resource for me - I can post the incidents and responses page in my lab classroom and know that it is there for me and any sub who might have to cover for me. Although we all strive to make things as safe as possible for our students, we know accidents can happen in a split second - this makes me feel a bit safer, just knowing it's handy and posted where everyone can see it. Thank you so much for writing such a clear, and easy to follow, set of instructions for incidents that can happen.

Tammy Jo Magruder
Tammy Jo Magruder

  • on Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:41 PM

This brief article is a great tool for teachers to reference when dealing with laboratory safety. Teachers are responsible for the safety of everyone in their classroom, so it is important that they know how to respond in every situation. In an ideal world, all teachers would be certified in first-aid; however, this is not the reality for all schools. This article provides examples of possible lab incidents that a teacher may be faced with, and how to respond. I would recommend this article to teachers who need a quick refresher on first-aid procedures in the classroom. Safety should be taken seriously in the classroom.

Katelyn Casillas
Katelyn Casillas

  • on Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:06 PM

I thought this article gave very good insight into how prepared science teachers should be in a science lab. There are a variety of different things that the article talks about can happen in the lab and it is important for science teachers to be prepared for every single accident. It opens your eyes to how unaware some schools are and how a lot of teachers are not trained how they should be.

Breanne D
Breanne D

  • on Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:30 PM

I really enjoyed reading this article because it gave me some great insight on how to deal with first-aid procedures in my future classroom. First-aid is something that each teacher needs to receive training on, but oftentimes schools cannot afford to pay for the training needed. This article does an excellent job briefly explaining the best ways to approach certain injuries that may arise during science labs or experiments. I would recommend this article to any teacher just to briefly refresh themselves on the importance of first-aid knowledge within the classroom.

Alexandria Adams  (Edmond, OK)
Alexandria Adams (Edmond, OK)

  • on Tue Nov 08, 2016 2:55 PM

This is a short article, however, it covers very important information. It is the teacher’s responsibility to keep his or her students safe. However, not all teachers are trained to handle emergency situations. This article gives examples of lab incidents in which a teacher may need to respond. It also provides an explanation of how to respond to that situation. This would be a great resource for teachers to get a brief idea of how to respond to different emergency situations and how to handle that situation properly. Safety of our students should always be a top priority in our classrooms.

Kelsey Townsend
Kelsey Townsend

  • on Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:13 PM

This article is a great read for anyone that hasn’t had any formal first aide training. Ken Roy, gives you a overview of nine different lab accidents that could occur in a classroom, how to recognize the accidents, and how to treat the injury that occurred. In all of the instances provided the author explicitly states to “request immediate assistance” if needed. The article says that the ideal protocol for a school is to have the science teacher first-aid certified but with budget cuts that might not be applicable in all schools. This article provides a base for educators in first-aid training.

Cierra  (Wellston, OK)
Cierra (Wellston, OK)

  • on Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:51 AM

This is a useful article that gives the basics about how to recognize a specific type of accident, what to look for and what to do. The author describes nine different kinds of accidents a teacher may experience in a lab situation. The author reminds the teacher that if it is a serious accident the teacher must ask for immediate assistance from the school’s designated health care provider. Hopefully a teacher won’t need this information but this article provides a starting point for teachers who don’t get formal safety training.

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

  • on Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:10 PM

This was a great reminder of the procedures for first aid, because I haven't been CPR certified since I stop working with Pre-K. I agree with the article science teachers should be required to be CPR certified.

Nikki T
Nikki T

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