NCP - SCIENCE 4-8
All science teachers are expected to teach students that safety is an important part of science. These rules provide behavior, hygiene, and safety information to avoid accidents and injuries that may occur during science activities and experiments. A list of rules given below is intended to help educators to provide a safe science environment for their students.
- The safety equipment (e.g., fire extinguishers) may be located in the hallway near the entrance.
- Students should know emergency exit routes.
- Use equipment only for its designated purpose.
- Never consume and/or store food or beverages or apply cosmetics in areas where hazardous chemicals are used or stored.
- Long hair and loose clothing must be pulled back and secured from entanglement or potential capture.
- Safety glasses or goggles should be worn in any area where chemicals are used or stored.
- Determine the potential hazards and appropriate safety precautions before beginning any work.
- A first aid box must be present (the kit should be checked periodically, ensuring that any items which have been used are replaced. Such items as band-aid tend to be used quickly and may need frequent replenishment).
Safety while studying plants:
- Before planning out-of-class activities and field trips, teachers need to find out whether any student has an allergy to plants/ pollen and take measures, accordingly.
- All gardening tools used should be made of plastic (especially made for children).
- Never allow students to place seeds or plants used in science activities in their mouth.
- Paper bags should be used for collecting plants/ leaves.
- Always make students wash their hands after working with plants.
Safety while studying animals:
- Be responsible for animals in the classroom receiving proper care: e.g., light, climate control and food.
- Before bringing any pet or any other animal to class, teachers need to find out whether any student has an allergy to any particular animal (including birds and turtles) and take measures, accordingly.
- Provide proper direction for handling of animals – minimally and gently (demonstrate appropriate technique of handling animals).
- Always make students wash hands with soap and water after handling or working with animals.
Safety while using tools:
- Tools, especially made for young children, should be provided to the students such as children’s mechano, and plastic screw drivers.
- Take precautionary measures when using sharp tools and objects like screws, wires, scissors, and screwdrivers.
- Select batteries carefully, batteries with any sign of corrosion should be disposed of carefully.
Reference: Retrieved from general-laboratory-safety-rules.html/general-laboratory-safety-rules.html: https:https://ehs.okstate.edu/general-laboratory-safety-rules.html/general-laboratory-safety-rules.html