By: Kenneth Russell Roy
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The NSTA Ready-Reference Guide to Safer Science, Volume 2
|Type of Product:||NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable PDF version of this book)
|Grade Level:||Elementary School, Middle School
|Read Inside:||Read a sample chapter: Introduction To Safety In Science
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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“Most science teachers and supervisors have anemic preservice preparation on securing and maintaining safer work environments in academic laboratories. The purpose of this volume is to raise awareness of safety issues and of how to develop a safer learning and working environment in middle schools. In addition to protecting students, the guides address legal standards and professional best practices to help teachers stay out of harm’s legal way.”
—Author Ken Roy on The NSTA Ready-Reference Guides to Safer Science
Safer science is a daily requirement for every teacher in every science classroom and laboratory. Get up-to-date information from The NSTA Ready-Reference Guide to Safer Science, Volume 2. This second volume is a collection of more than 40 of the latest quick-read “Scope on Safety” columns from Science Scope, NSTA’s middle school journal (plus some adaptable “Safer Science” columns from The Science Teacher, NSTA’s high school journal). As easy to read as it is practical, the book is chock-full of safety information, anecdotes, and advisories you can use every day.
The book’s rich array of offerings includes topics such as
• general safety practices;
• legal issues, including negligence and liability;
• safety concerns in specific disciplines, including chemistry, Earth and space science, biology, and physical science;
• more than 40 teacher questions on everything from acrylic nails to latex goggles to ventilation; and
• helpful safety-related NSTA position papers and Internet resources.
Want to learn more? Check out these other great resources:
• The NSTA Ready-Reference Guide to Safer Science, Volume 1, for grades 5–8. This collection of articles covers more safety practices and legal standards (on subjects from asbestos to ergonomics to blood-borne pathogens) and instructional safety (such as occupancy loads, field trips, special-needs students, and more).
• The NSTA Ready-Reference Guide to Safer Science, Volume 3, for grades 9–12. This collection covers systems to help prevent and control lab safety hazards, from eyewash showers to ventilation; and standard operating procedures covering general safety precautions and specific disciplines. The articles in Volume 3 are also applicable to all secondary-level science classrooms and laboratories.
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Safety and security
|Intended User Role:||Curriculum Supervisor, Elementary-Level Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Classroom management, Instructional materials, Professional development, Science safety, Teacher preparation
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About This Book
I. Introduction to Safety in Science
1. Making Adjustments for Mobility-Impaired Students**
2. Laboratory Safety: Welcome Aboard!**
3. Yes, You Need a Chemical Hygiene Officer
4. NSTA’s Portal Into the Safety Zone
5. Good-Bye MSDS, Hello SDS!
II. Safety Practices and Legal Standards
General Safety in Science
6. Clearing the Air on Ventilation
7. Science Storage Requirements
8. Signs of Safer Science
9. Getting Students in the Safety Zone**
10. Middle School Science Labs: A Safety Audit
11. Safety and Liability
12. Negligence: Some Things You Can’t Afford to Ignore
13. Administrators Say the Darndest Things!
14. Taking Responsibility for Safety**
15. Failure of “Duty to Warn”**
16. Safety in the Science Classroom: An Online Resource From NSTA
Laboratory Construction and Renovation
17. Blueprint for Safety
18. Permanent Safety in a Temporary Lab
19. A Science Lab by Any Other Name Would
Smell as Sweet—But Would It Be as Safe?
III. Safety in Science Instruction
20. Safety Is Always in Fashion
21. Avoiding the Burn
22. There’s No Such Thing as a Free Gift
23. Rethinking the Use of Hand Sanitizers
24. Glue Guns: Aiming for Safety
25. Extinguishing Safety?
26. Slipping on Safety
27. Safety in the Field
28. Is Greener Cleaner?
29. Avoid Surprise Packages
30. Flame Tests: A Burning Safety Issue
31. Combating Corrosion
32. Common Sense and Chemicals
33. Test Your Metal: Safety Knowledge
34. Beware of Students Bearing Kits
35. Chemical Sensitivity
36. Food for Thought, But Not for Eating
Earth and Space Science
37. Hammering Home Earth Science Safety
38. Modeling Clay Safety
39. Should We Pull the Plug on Wireless Computer Networks?
40. Battery Safety Basics
41. Black Lights: Don’t Be in the Dark
42. Debugging Safely
43. Sun Safety
44. Digging up the Dirt on Soil Safety
45. Animals in the Classroom
46. Invasion of the Alien Species!
47. Allergies: Nothing to Sneeze At
48. Trash Talk: How to Compost Safely
IV. Questions From Teachers
1. Acrylic Nails
2. Poison Control
3. Fire Blankets
4. MSDS/SDS in the Lab
5. Latex in Goggles
6. Housekeeping Guidelines
7. Paper Towel Alternatives
8. Sewer Gas
9. Eating in the Lab
10. Cleaning Glassware
11. Parents and Safety Contracts
12. Use of Software at Home
13. Anchoring Shelves
14. Soap vs. Wipes
15. Eyewash Stations
16. Fire Extinguisher
17. Lab Dangers
18. Science in a Math Classroom
19. Lead Paint Magnets
20. MSDS/SDS Access
21. Student-Purchased PPE
22. Plastic and Glass Containers
23. Dishwasher Use
24. Chemical Indicators
25. Thermal Paper Safety
26. Diluting Acids
27. Chemical Storage
28. Heat Source Alternatives
29. Storing Nitric Acid
Earth and Space Science Questions
30. Art Supplies Safety Resources
31. Stream Table Safety
Physical Science Questions
32. Disposing of Batteries
33. Rocket Safety
34. Formaldehyde Specimens
35. Black Lights and Safety
36. Blood-Borne Pathogens
37. Pin Safety
39. Dissection Eye Protection
40. Specimens in Formaldehyde
NSTA Position Statements
Animals: Responsible Use of Live Animals and
Dissection in the Science Classroom
The Integral Role of Laboratory Investigations in
Liability of Science Educators for Laboratory Safety
Safety and School Science Instruction
Science Education for Middle Level Students
Learning Conditions for High School Science
Science Laboratory Rules and Regulations
(Note: All articles are from Science Scope except those with asterisks (**). In those cases, the articles are from The Science Teacher.)
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- 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.
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