Lab Safety: More Than Just Goggles

by: Sarah Reeves Young and Mike Roberts

Every science classroom visited has always had a safety rules poster clearly displayed. As a new teacher, I assumed these were issued to every science teacher upon graduation. Hands-on science requires safe practices—a message that was resonated loud and clear in the methods course. This chapter focuses on how safety in a science classroom is more than a poster of rules, and how it can make the difference between an amazing classroom experience and tragedy. It highlights local and national resources available to help develop a successful lab safety program along with steps to take to improve you lab safety.


Elementary SchoolMiddle SchoolHigh School


Asking questions Challenge students to accept and share responsibility for their own learning. Collaboration Collaboration among the people involved in programs, with clear respect for the perspectives and expertise of each. (NSES) Communicating Ensure a safe working environment. Introduce teachers to scientific literature, media, and technological resources that expand their science knowledge and their ability to access further knowledge. (NSES) Make the available science tools, materials, media, and technological resources accessible to students. Modeling Observing Safety and security Science process skills Scientific habits of mind Uses learning strategies appropriate to the intended goal. (NSDC)


Type Book ChapterPub Date 9/15/2013ISBN 978-1-936959-49-5

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