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Safety in the science laboratory

The day has come for you to conduct your first laboratory experience for your students. You have decided on the format and type of laboratory you will conduct and now you are ready to begin. STOP! First, make sure you have a safety contract. A safety contract can help prevent problems before they start and also can be used to demonstrate to parents and administrators that you have worked to develop an appropriate environment for science experiments.

Flinn Scientific has a thorough, safety contract that you may download and use:

Go to: http://www.flinnsci.com/Documents/miscPDFs/safety_contract_MS.pdf

For information on starting labs at the high school level, see Flinn's excellent article on Steps You Can Take to Prove You're a "Responsible" Science Teacher.

This resource is dedicated to keeping you from facing liability issues in the science laboratory.

Keywords: science, safety, procedures