Scope on Safety: Responding to Laboratory Accidentsby: Ken Roy

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This column shares safety information for your classroom. This month’s issue discusses the need for ongoing safety training based on legal safety standards and better professional practices.

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  • on Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:17 AM

This article gives detailed explanations on different accidents that could happen during a lab in a science classroom. It also gives the procedures on how to deal with each accident. The information is very helpful for lab safety in a classroom. Knowing how to take care of accidents will help keep the classroom calm when there is an accident and the student's will not overreact. This article also includes the teachers and students responses when there is an accident. I learned a lot from this article about what steps need to be taken when there is an accident. I would recommend this article to all science teachers to ensure they are aware of how to hand accidents during a lab.

Natalie H
Natalie H

  • on Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:56 PM

The article is detailed on what do to with injuries in most laboratory accidents. It mentions middle school science laboratories, but some of the first aid could be useful to elementary classrooms, too. The article is broken down by different types of injuries that could occur in a laboratory – from burns to projectile eye injuries – and explains what to do while you wait for the school nurse or emergency medical responders. I actually learned a great deal on addressing accidents from reading this article, but I could also see that it could be useful to have on hand in the classroom to reference during an incident.

Nicole Marion
Nicole Marion

  • on Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:38 AM

This article focuses on lab safety in a science classroom. Although, it mentions it addresses specifically middle school science, I think it can be used for any science classroom where tools and science supplies are used! Though they are not encouraged, an accident or two might happen. Children can be forgetful or accidental when it may happen. The responses of both the teacher and the students is just as important as the outcome of the accident. I think this article made many good points that could help teachers prepare students and prepare themselves for when an accident may occur. I really liked this article because it identified a list of possible accidents but also backed it up with a possible symptoms that can help teachers take the measures needed. I think this is something not very many teachers think of, but once it happens they often wish they had. It ends with suggesting getting first aid certified. I think this would be great if schools offered this for all their faculty members.


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