For Safety's Sake: Introduction to Laboratory Safety in Science
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Gaddis, Linda Walter H. Dyett
1. To supply students with a list of safety precautions and guidelines
as they apply to the science laboratory.
2. To associate the correct laboratory safety rule for the work being
done by the students.
3. To identify the type of safety precautions being observed through
the use of safety symbols.
4. To practice safety in and out of the science laboratory.
pictures of safety hazards safety guideline ditto
safety symbol charts student safety contract
extension chord safety goggles
seat belt apron
fire extinguisher step stool
safety test plastic gloves
first aid kit safety blanket
1. Pictures of safety hazards placed around the room with the
following questions attached to each:
a) What is happening in this picture?
b) How could this accident have been avoided?
2. Students will move about the room and formulate answers to the
questions posed. Answers will be discussed after students have been
3. A display containing the following items:
fire extinguisher, step stool, extension chord, seat belt.
4. Several students will be asked to pick up an item and stand in front
of the picture of the accident that this piece of equipment could
have been used to prevent, and then give their reason for making
5. The students will be given a ditto explaining the guidelines for
laboratory safety which they will review with their teacher.
6. A student will be chosen to assist in the proper use of safety
clothing and safety equipment.
7. Safety symbol charts will be viewed at this time. Students will be
asked to form groups of three (or four depending on class size)
in order to match up the correct symbol(s) with the safety
guidelines that were discussed on the ditto sheet earlier.
8. Approximately fifteen minutes before the class is dismissed, the
teacher will administer a quiz on laboratory safety.
Students will be required to:
1. design their own first aid kit.
2. prepare a list of ten safety hazards not mentioned in
3. have their parents' co-sign their student safety contract
and return it to class.