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The Connecticut State Dept of Education has updated the Science Safety Prudent Practices and Regulations for both high schools and middle schools. If you are a science teacher or supervisor/administrator in Connecticut - this is must know safety information to protect not only your students but you as a licensed professional!!

"Connecticut High School Science Safety Prudent Practices and Regulations"

is available from the Connecticut State Department of Education! To download your copy, click here


The new State safety website for Middle School Science is now online.

Safe Science Articles from Dr. Kenneth Roy

Dear Science Educators

These are exciting times in science education and unfortunately, also litigious times. They are exciting with all of the emphasis and opportunities to do hands-on, process and inquiry based science to help facilitate learning. They are litigious times, given the emphasis on teachers and their supervisors being responsible legally for making the laboratory a safer place to learn.

That is why I developed the Safe Science: Be Protected! series - "to help provide much lacking information for science educators to better protect themselves and their students relative to safer laboratory work." Please take the time to read through these articles and future ones to better help you prepare for a fun filled and safer science laboratory experience.

If you have any questions or would like to see other safety issues addressed in future columns, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Special thanks goes to CSTA members for their willingness to provide this information in a format which is easily accessible for science educators.

Live Long and Prosper Safely!!!

Ken Roy

Dr. Kenneth R. Roy
Director of Environmental Health & Safety
Glastonbury Public Schools (CT)
Science Safety Consultant/Author/Contributing Editor/Columnist
National Science Teachers Association

NSTA Launches new Safety Blog!


With a new school year starting soon, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students will be participating in hands-on activities and demonstrations, which means that safety must be addressed. For a safer and more memorable learning and teaching experience, check out the new NSTA Safety Blog:

Anyone can subscribe for free!  Just go to the blog address above and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Follow instructions for a complimentary subscription!


Why use the Blog?

  • To share up-to-date information on legal safety standards and better professional practices for a safer working and learning environment and a safer STEM instructional experience;
  • To disseminate current information on safety incidents occurring in K–12 classrooms, labs, and maker spaces;
  • To provide support and initiate dialogue in efforts to answer safety-related questions from bloggers, either teaching or supervising in K–12 classrooms, labs, and maker spaces.



Title Content
SDSs For a Safer Workig Environment Safety Data Sheets
Strategies for Safer Science Field Trips! Checklist to improve trip safety
 Safer Science Seven Strategies for Safer Science Classrooms
Safe Sci: Be Protected! Risk Prevention
 Safety Goggles What is "Clean"?
 Lab Cleanup--Are we done yet? Ending your labs safely with the safety dozen
KISS- Keep It Simple-Safety! 10 easy and obvious do's and don'ts of science safety
Safety Under Glass A list of items that science teachers should embrace for safer greenhouse operation
The Dirty Safety Baker's Dozen Revisited! 13 common hazards and how to avoid them.
UCLA Fatality: Wake-up Call for Science Teachers and School Districts Proper training and equipment requirements.
Allergens in the Lab Sources of potential allergens and what you should do about them
MERCURY: It Is More Than A Planet In Our Solar System! Safe Handling and disposal of Mercury in the Science Laboratory
WANTED: ELECTRICITY - GFCIA Member of the Dirty Dozen Science Lab Gang Getting A Charge Out Of Science Class? Safe practices for use of electricity for lab equipment.
Ventilation: Are science Labs supposed to smell? Ventilation requirements for science labs
Wanted- Radon Gas- Dirty Dozen Science Lab Gang Member Hazards of Radon gas in the lab and surrounding areas.
Addressing blood borne pathogen hazards in the laboratory Safe handling & requirements for blood bourne pathogens
Latex glove allergies Allergies dealing with latex
Chemical Exposure Limits: How Much Is Too Much? Exposure limits to chemicals.
How secure is your science laboratory and school ? Laboratory Standards for securing labs & equipment
Laboratory Refrigerators/Freezers: Knowing How To Cool It! Safe and proper use of refrigerators in the laboratory.
Have You Made the Mark-Facility-wise? Signs and Labels in the Science Laboratory
Targeting Biosafety For High School Level Biotechnology and Microbiology Courses! Safety precautions and Rules for the Bio-technology laboratory
Revisiting bloodborne pathogens in the laboratory! Teacher and school administrators responsibilities re: bloodbourne pathogens.
Storage Space: Any Thing But Empty! Part 1 General requirements for laboratory storage space.
Storage Space: Any Thing But Empty! Part 2 General requirements for laboratory storage space.
FIRST-AID: Don't Worry About Using The Tourniquet! General First Aid Procedures for the science laboratory
Mold in the Laboratory: Spores are Us! Conditions for mold growth and mold allergies in the lab.
Constructing-Renovating Laboratories- The Twelve Truths Conditions that should be met when planning science lab spaces.
For A Safer Science Experience: Be Prepared! Lab dress, labeling equipment and fire safety.
Procedure! Procedure! Procedure! Basic lab skills your students should know and practice
Knowing when and when not to throw down the gauntlet! The Knight of Science and the Suit of Armor! Laboratory gloves & aprons-use and non use.
Sick Building or Laboratory Syndrome? Allergies and causes of allergies in the science lab.
Science Teacher Safety Training: Mandatory for Employer! Employer awareness and Safety training.
Getting a Charge out of doing Science Safe handling of electrical equipment in the lab.
Seeing The Light II - LASER Safely! Part 1 Safety cautions using lasers.