The NSTA Ready-Reference Guide to Safer Science Vol. 3
by Kenneth Russell Roy

Price at time of review: $21.95
170 pp.
NSTA Press
Arlington, VA
2012
ISBN: 9781936959310


Grade Level: 9-12


Reviewed by Thomas Brown
Retired Science Teacher


Teachers who are looking for a resource to help them navigate the challenges of maintaining a safe science classroom would find this to be a very helpful book. This text provides a toolkit to help teachers insure that their classroom is a safe one. The book is designed to be a handy reference that can be accessed whenever a question or situation arises regarding safety in the classroom.

The book has collected much of the most practical information that has appeared in “Safer Science” columns of The Science Teacher. Geared toward secondary teachers, Safer Science begins with an overview of essential safety information. This section includes information for providing a safe environment for students with disabilities and understanding Manufacturer's Safety Data Sheets. In addition, the book provides practical ideas for developing student attitudes toward safety. The central part of the text offers sections on creating a safe classroom from the opening days of school. It is followed by information that focuses on safety in classrooms related to specific disciplines. For example, the section on the life sciences provides practical information on handling dissections and biosafety. The chemistry section offers useful information for storing chemicals while the physical science section discusses the use of electricity and radiation in a safe manner. There is even a section on helping students understand the importance of personal protective equipment.

The book also contains several useful appendices. One appendix reviews the NSTA position statements on various science safety issues, such as the use of animals in the classroom, while another offers a safety checklist that can be used as a model contract for protecting students in their classrooms. Safer Science is organized so that teachers can easily locate information that is pertinent to their own classroom. This latest edition to the Safer Science collection will help any secondary teacher insure that they are providing the safest environment possible for themselves and their students. This resource successfully delivers as a practical reference for connecting laboratory activities with a safer environment.


Review posted on 11/30/2012


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