Idea Bank: Emphasizing Safety in the Classroomby: Suzanne Lunsford and Amber Yeary

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With the popularization of inquiry-based learning in science classes at all levels, laboratory instructors must be proficient in the proper handling of hazardous substances. This care in dealing with potentially harmful materials should also be communicated to students. This article provides a brief review of common safety procedures and how to implement them in a laboratory area.

Grades
  • High
Publication Date
9/1/2008

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  • on Sat Nov 06, 2010 2:39 PM

This is a great article that summarizes Material Safety Data Sheets and personal protection equipment. It also gives an extensive list of required clothing, safety devices, and physical structures that should be found in all school lab settings. The article recommends quizzing students on safety throughout the year with scores tied to lab participation.

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

  • on Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:57 PM

This article is a brief review of key points about safety in the science classroom. Fifteen areas are presented; reading MSDS sheets as well as symbols for storage on chemical bottles are addressed. This article might be used to create a safety lesson for one’s students. Regardless it is a good review for a teacher entering the classroom for the first time or needing a refresher on the topic of safety.

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


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