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Safety Resources for Middle/Secondary Schools

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Specialized Information Services (SIS) recently released a new Enviro-Health Links page, "Laboratory Safety," which offers links to information for clinical, academic, and school laboratories, including resources for handling chemical, biological, and nanotechnology safely. Also included are links to regulations and policy, hazard analysis, MSDS, waste management, and pre-formulated TOXNET and PubMed searches.

3D Printer Safety

American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC)

  • Find your poison control center: 800-222-1222

American Chemical Society

California State Department of Education

Carolina Biological Supply Co.

2700 York Rd.
Burlington NC 27215-3398

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)


Connecticut State Department of Education

Council of State Science Supervisors

Drones, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), and Projectiles

Engineering Practices, Makerspaces, and STEM Labs

Environmental Protection Agency

Environment, Health and Safety Online

Fermi Center

Fire Extinguisher Training Video

Flinn Scientific

Frey Scientific


Institute of Interactive Learning


Lab Safety Institute

  • Numerous publications

Maryland State Department of Education

  • Lab Safety Manual – including chapters on managing, handling and disposing of chemicals and safety in the elementary science classroom

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

National Institute of Health (NIH)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

National Research Council

National Science Education Leadership Association

  • Code of Practice on the Use of Animals in Science Education
  • Occupancy Loads in School Science Laboratories
  • Science Teaching Conditions
  • Implementation/Enforcement of OSHA's Hazard Communications and Lab Standard Programs
  • Experiments/Activities with Human Blood and Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIMs)

National Science Teaching Association (NSTA)

New York State Department of Education

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Purdue University

Safety Emporium

Texas Education Agency Safety Standards

U.S. Department of Transportation

University of New Hampshire

Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education

Washington State

Web Resources for Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)/Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Use search functions at these sites:

Google the name of the chemical plus MSDS (e.g., sodium chloride MSDS)

Web Resources on Lab Techniques

NSTA would like to thank its Science Safety Advisory Board for developing this resource. Questions or comments about its content should be directed to NSTA at 703-243-7100 or

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NSTA is committed to providing quality material that promotes the best in inquiry-based science education. However, conditions of actual use may vary, and the safety procedures and practices described in this resource are intended to serve only as a guide. Additional precautionary measures may be required. NSTA and the authors do not warrant or represent that the procedures and practices in this resource meet any safety code or standard of federal, state, or local regulations. NSTA and the authors disclaim any liability for personal injury or demand to property arising out of or relating to the use of this resource, to include any of the recommendations, instructions, or materials contained therein.

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