By: Kenneth Russell Roy
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The NSTA Ready-Reference Guide to Safer Science
2008 Finalist for the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award
The Distinguished Achievement Award, from the Association of Educational Publishers, recognizes each year’s most outstanding materials in the field of teaching and learning.
|Type of Product:||NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable PDF version of this book)
|Grade Level:||Middle School
|Read Inside:||Read a sample chapter: Safety Is For Everyone
Our reviewers—top-flight teachers and other outstanding science educators—have determined that this resource is among the best available supplements for science teaching.
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As a science educator, you know the importance of using best safety practices to protect your students physically during hands-on science instruction. But do you also know how to protect yourself legally even in aging facilities and crowded labs? Learn the regulations and how to apply them with this clear, easy-to-use guide to both safety practices and legal standards.
The NSTA Ready-Reference Guide to Safer Science is a compendium of 39 “Scope on Safety” columns from Science Scope, NSTA’s member journal for middle schools. Major sections cover safety practices and legal standards—on subjects as diverse as asbestos, ergonomics, and bloodborne pathogens—and instructional safety—including the challenges of occupancy loads, field trips, and safer science for special-needs students. Each section is divided into four parts: general science, chemistry, physical science, and biology. An appendix includes the NSTA position statements related to safer practices and resources and references from all the columns.
But especially intriguing is the section devoted to questions teachers ask. Is it safe to allow backpacks, open-toe shoes, and long synthetic nails in the lab? Are microwave ovens safe to use for heating liquids for experiments? Can ether be safely used to anesthetize fruit flies in a lab? With this book on your shelf, you can quickly find out.
Ideas For Use
The NSTA Ready-Reference Guide to Safer Science is the perfect companion to NSTA’s Inquiring Safely manual for middle school educators. These two books are survival guides for every middle school teacher, principal, science-resource coordinator, curriculum developer, and science supervisor.
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Safety and security
|Intended User Role:||Administrator, Curriculum Supervisor, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Classroom management, Inclusion, Professional development, Science safety, Teacher preparation
About the Author
About This Book
Safety Is For Everyone
Build In Safety: OSHA Laboratory Standard
II. Safety Practices and Legal Standards
General Safety In Science
1. About Asbestos
2. Tracking Chemicals
3. Indoor Air
5. Eye Protection
6. Fire Safety Fundamentals
7. First-Aid Policies
8. First-Aid Response Essentials
9. Hand Washing
10. Legal Prudence
11. Space or Safety
12. Classroom or Lab?
13. Contract With Students
14. Chemicals—What’s In?
15. Dealing With Spills
16. Storage and Disposal
17. Purchasing Protocol
18. Mercury Spills
19. Why You Need an MSDS
20. Plan Your Purchases
21. Glassware Care
22. Safer Heat Sources
23. Using Heat
24. Bloodborne Pathogens
III. Safety In Science Instruction
25. Demonstration Safety
26. Check Your Activity Kits
27. Field Trips
28. Plan for Guests
29. Model and Project Guidelines
30. Think “Occupant Load”
31. Special-Needs Students
32. Green Chemistry
33. Safer Electricity
34. Laser Pointers
35. Model Rocketry
37. Planting Plants
38. Plants to Avoid
39. Animals in the Classroom
IV. Questions From Teachers
1. Acute or Chronic Effects?
2. Backpacks in Labs?
3. Clothing on Fire
4. Eye Protection
5. Eyewash Water Temperature
6. Eating in Labs
7. Protecting Feet
8. Plasticware or Glassware?
9. Housekeeping Regulations
10. Locking the Lab
11. Overcrowded Labs
12. Microwave Ovens
13. Old Counters and Tabletops
14. Goggle Sanitizers
15. Cleaning With Sponges
16. Safer Shelving
17. Substitutes and Hands-On Labs
18. Synthetic Nails
19. Water Bottles
20. Holding Chemicals for Absentees
21. Alcohol Burner Dangers
22. Chemical Hazards Guide
23. Chemical Disposal
24. Chemical Hygiene Officers
25. Cleaning Safety Goggles
26. Copper Sulfate Substitute
27. MSDS—Easy Access
28. MSDS Information
29. Transporting Chemicals
30. Bunsen Burner Tubing
31. Safer Gas Valves
32. Ether Substitutes
33. Classroom Critters
34. Microscope Use
35. Communication on Field Trips
36. Petri Plate Disposal
NSTA Position Statements
Safety and School Science Instruction
Liability of Science Educators for Laboratory Safety
Science Education for Middle Level Students
Responsible Use of Live Animals and Dissection in the Science Classroom
The Integral Role of Laboratory Investigations in Science Instruction
Learning Conditions for High School Science
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National Standards Correlation
This resource has 6 correlations with the National Standards.
- Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
- Personal health
- Safety and security are basic needs of humans.
- Safety involves freedom from danger, risk, or injury.
- The potential for accidents and the existence of hazards imposes the need for injury prevention. (5-8)
- Process Standards for Professional Development
- Introduce teachers to scientific literature, media, and technological resources that expand their science knowledge and their ability to access further knowledge. (NSES)
- Teaching Standards
- Teachers provide students with the time, space, and resources needed to learn science.
- Ensure a safe working environment.
- Teachers of science actively participate in the ongoing planning and development of the school science program.
- Plan and develop the school science program.
"Roy, a science educator, provides a quick, easy reference guide for all science teachers, especially those at middle and
high school levels. The book spans a wide range of topics including safe classroom presentations of demonstrations,
laboratory experiments, and stockroom storage, as well as the legal standards and consequences involved. Chapters
are short and easy to read. The last section of the book provides answers to 37 common questions related to physical,
chemical, and biological issues. It fills an important gap in science education. The work emphasizes the importance
of the OSHA Laboratory Standard, including the development of a chemical hygiene plan, the appointment of a
chemical hygiene officer, and permissible exposure limits of selected chemicals. It discusses topics such as first aid,
blood-borne pathogens, safe sources of heat, the 12 criteria for green chemistry, laser pointers, fire extinguishers,
student contracts, tracking chemicals and chemical inventory systems, sanitizing goggles, guidelines for projects and
models, occupancy loads, and storage and disposal. The appendix contains NSTA position statements including
liability of teachers; references; and useful Web sites. The writing style is crisp and concise. Recommended for all
science teachers; a perfect companion to the NSTA's Inquiring Safety (2003) manual." Summing Up: Recommended.
All levels. -- A. S. Casparian, Wentworth Institute of Technology
CHOICE, April 2008
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