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School chemistry laboratory safety guide
  • Published Date:
    October 2006
  • Source:
    DHHS publication ; no. (NIOSH) 2007-107
  • Language:
    English
Filetype[PDF - 1.64 MB]


Details:
  • Corporate Authors:
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. ; U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. ;
  • Description:
    CPSC publication ; no. 390

    This safety guide was written, revised, and reviewed by scientists from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Kailash Gupta, D.V.M., Ph.D., Directorate for Health Sciences, served as the CPSC project officer; Patricia Brundage, Ph.D., Directorate for Health Sciences, CPSC, served as author; and John Palassis, C.I.H., CSP, CHMM, Education and Information Division, NIOSH served as the project officer and a co-author.

    In 1984, the Council of State Science Supervisors, in association with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, published the safety guide School Science Laboratories: A Guide to Some Hazardous Substances to help science teachers identify hazardous substances that may be used in school laboratories and provide an inventory of these substances.Because school science curricula have changed since then, the safety guide has been updated and revised to reflect those changes. This guide on safety in the chemistry laboratory was also written to provide high school chemistry teachers with an easy-to-read reference to create a safe learning environment in the laboratory for their students. The document attempts to provide teachers, and ultimately their students, with information so that they can take the appropriate precautionary actions in order to prevent or minimize hazards, harmful exposures, and injuries in the laboratory.

    Recognition of laboratory safety and health problems has crystallized since the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. This Act requires that certain precautions be observed to protect the safety and health of employees on the job. The employee designation includes all teachers employed by private and public school systems in States that have occupational safety and health plans accepted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). OSHA rules and regulations are provided to protect the employees and the facilities. The importance of laboratory safety has been recognized for many years in industry. However, educational institutions have been slower to adopt such safety practices and programs. A science program has certain potential dangers. Yet, with careful planning, most dangers can be avoided in an activity-oriented science program. It is essential for all involved in the science instruction program to develop a positive approach to a safe and healthful environment in the laboratory. Safety and the enforcement of safety regulations and laws in the science classroom and laboratory are the responsibility of the principal, teacher, and student - each assuming his/her share. Safety and health should be an integral part of the planning, preparation, and implementation of any science program.

    CDC-INFO Pub ID 2007107C

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