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Schools and districts should develop safety programs that include the effective management of chemicals, safety training for teachers and others, and creating school environments that are as safe as possible.

Safety Alert

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Do Not Use Methanol-Based Flame Tests on Open Laboratory Desks

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NSTA Resources

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NSTA Position Statement: Safety and School Science Instruction

Official NSTA position statement addressing safety programs, training, and school environments.

NSTA Position Statement: Liability of Science Educators for Laboratory Safety

Official NSTA position statement focused on the shared responsibility of maintaining a safe learning environment.

NSTA Minimum Safety Practices and Regulations for Demonstrations, Experiments, and Workshops

NSTA establishes safety practices and regulations for all hands-on demonstrations, experiments, and workshops given at NSTA-sponsored events in rooms, other on-site locations, and on the floor of the NSTA exhibit hall.

Safety Issue Papers

Members of NSTA's Safety Advisory Board offer the following documents addressing important safety issues in school science labs and classrooms:

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Disclaimer

  • NSTA provides these safety resources to improve laboratory safety and give science teachers and school administrators safety information to make prudent decisions based on legal standards and better professional practices.
  • NSTA does not assume liability for accuracy of information contained within these resources.
  • NSTA does not imply that methodologies and suggestions outlined are the only applicable ones.
  • Mention of products/companies and any links to items or websites is not intended to reflect endorsement.These resources DO NOT SUPERSEDE SCHOOL, SCHOOL SYSTEMS, LOCAL, STATE OR FEDERAL LAWS, REGULATIONS, CODES AND PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS. Ultimately it is the responsibility of science teachers and school administrators to use appropriate legal standards and better professional practices under duty of care to make the science laboratory as safe as possible.

This list DOES NOT SUPERSEDE SCHOOL, SCHOOL SYSTEMS, LOCAL, STATE OR FEDERAL LAWS, REGULATIONS, CODES AND PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS. Ultimately it is the responsibility of the science teachers and school administrators to use appropriate legal standards and better professional practices under duty of care to make the science laboratory safer.


 

 

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