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Safer Science: Safer Administrative Procedures

The Science Teacher—December 2008

How often are your eyewash stations flushed? Do all of your school’s science labs have a direct line of communication with the front office and outside support officials? These and other questions are the focus of what the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) calls administrative procedures, or work practices (WPs). WPs cover a variety of areas and are intended to protect occupants from accidents. Because of their academic preparation, on-the-job expertise, and professional certification, science teachers should have a major role in developing appropriate WPs. This month’s column contains a list of some basics to consider when addressing this issue.
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