Connecticut Science Teaching Association

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The Connecticut State Department of Education has updated the Science Safety Prudent Practices and Regulations. 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!!

“Legal Protection for Science Teacher Employees”

"Connecticut High School Science Safety Prudent Practices and Regulations"

 "Connecticut Middle School Science Safety Prudent Practices and Regulations"

"Science and Safety: It's Elementary"

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 & Chemical Safety
Glastonbury Public Schools (CT)
Chief Science Safety Compliance Advisor/Author/NSTA Safety Blogger
National Science Teachers Association


Are You Shocked Without Safety?

 Checking the room for electrical safety, January 2022

 Safety Incidents Unplanned - Security Incidents Planned!

Planning for safety - and organizations that can help when planning a new lab 

 Dealing with Hazardous Waste in a Safer Way

Overview of what makes up hazardous wastes, how they should be stored and options for destroying.  

 Electrical Safety 

 Is your lab electrically safe?  GFCI oulets and other electric safety concerns
Chemical Toxicity and Health Hazards Be aware of the difference between toxicity and hazard when using chemicals

Lab Ventilation and Safety

General lab ventilation requirements and hood ventilation
 Awareness & Understanding of Lab HazardsImproving Awareness of Lab Hazards between Teachers and Administration
 Chemical Labeling Under OSHA
Review of New Labeling Requirements under OSHA HCS GHS 
 Safer Science: Be ProtectedChemical Hygiene Plan: Medical Consultation
 Hand HazardsLegal Standards for Hand Protection
 SDSs For A Safer Working EnvironmentSafety Data Sheets
 Strategies for Safer Science Field TripsChecklist to improve trip safety
 Safer Science SevenStrategies for Safer Science Classrooms
 Safe Science: Be Protected!Risk Prevention
 Safety GogglesSafety Goggles: What is "Clean"?
 Lab Cleanup - Are We Done Yet?Ending your labs safely with the safety dozen
 KISS - Keep It Simple-Safety!Ten easy and obvious do's and don'ts of science safety
 Safety Under GlassA list of items that 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 Sci. Teachers and 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 lab
 Wanted: Electricity 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  Hazards of Radon gas in the lab and surrounding areas
 Addressing Blood Borne Pathogens Hazards (2001) Safe handling & requirements for blood borne pathogens
 Revisiting Blood Borne Pathogens in the Lab (2003) Teacher and School Administrators responsibilities.
 Latex Glove Allergies Allergies dealing with latex
 Chemical Exposure Limits: How Much is Too Much? Exposure limits to Chemicals
 Laboratory Refrigerators/Freezers: Cool It! Safe and proper use of refrigerators in the lab
 Have You Made the Mark-Facility Wise? Signs and Labels in the Science Lab
 Targeting BioSafety for High School Biotech and Microbiology Labs Safety precautions and rules 
 Storage Space: Anything But Empty!  Part 1 General requirements for laboratory storage space
 Storage Space: Anything 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 lab
 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 and 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

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