Safer Science: Overloading Science Labsby: Ken Roy

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The current recession has brought about a wave of changes for all of us. In some school districts, boards of education are “renegotiating” areas of teachers’ contracts, including class size maximums. Science laboratories that have typically accommodated a maximum of 24 students are being raised to 28 or more. This change far surpasses the legally established occupancy load and makes for unsafe lab work. So is the contract change legal? Before this issue can be addressed, it is important for teachers and administrators to know the correct legal terminology, which is discussed in this month’s column.

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  • on Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:22 AM

Reading about legal terms and acceptable national safety codes one learns that overcrowding is still prevalent in our science lab classrooms. Although the article gives seven excellent ways to combat overcrowding in your science lab it seems as if administrators live on another planet. Perhaps the last point is the one teacher’s should pursue. It says “Consider securing individual liability insurance.” If you can’t change the situation at least make sure you are covered in case you are sued.

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

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