Teacher Resource Center: Science Safety Issues

Safety in the science labs is paramount. You can find good guidelines from the following two sources. The second publication is a sixty page safety guide for high school science and chemistry laboratories. It provides practical safety information in a checklist format useful to both groups to reduce chemical injuries in a laboratory environment. The guide presents information about ordering, using, storing, and maintaining chemicals in the high school laboratory. The guide also provides information about chemical waste, safety and emergency equipment, assessing chemical hazards, common safety symbols and signs, and fundamental resources relating to chemical safety, such as Material Safety Data Sheets and Chemical Hygiene Plans, to help create a safe environment for learning. In addition, checklists are provided for both teachers and students that highlight important information for working in the laboratory and identify hazards and safe work procedures.

This guide is not intended to address all safety issues, but rather to provide basic information about important components of safety in the chemistry laboratory and to serve as a resource to locate further information. It updates information found in the Illinois Guidelines for Science Safety found on the ISBE web site

Contact: Susan Dahl
Fermilab, MS 777, P.O. Box 500, Batavia, IL 60510-0500
(630) 840-3094, sdahl@fnal.gov