Science Facility Safety – a new Safety Resource from STAO

Science Facility Safety (SFS) is a new STAO resource which outlines best practices in the safe use and management of science facilities.  This free resource is a companion document to STAO’s other publications, Safe ON Science and Safer Use of Chemicals in School Science Laboratories.

Examples of focus areas in SFS include Classroom Infrastructure, Storage of Flammables, Ventilation, Eye Wash Stations/Emergency Showers, and Waste.  This resource concludes with a very useful and comprehensive safety checklist.

SFS is available free of charge thanks to the generous support of  Enbridge and Shell

Download your copy at  https://stao.ca/cms/en/component/edocman/science-facility-safety

 

 

Responding to Chemical Spills – by Flinn Scientific Canada

Introduction

No matter what precautions are taken, sooner or later an accidental chemical spill is likely to occur in your laboratory. A
responsible science teacher will take steps to prevent spills, make sure proper safety equipment is available to contain and
control a spill, and understand how to use the safety equipment. Continue reading

Playing with Fire: Chemical Safety Expertise Required – submitted by Milan Sanader

This recent article from the Journal of Chemical Education is an excellent overview of accidents that have happened involving flammable liquids.  The authors report 164 children and educators have been injured over a 20 year period.  The article also provides useful insights into why these accidents occur and measures necessary to prevent them.

In my opinion, this article is a “must read” for any science teacher considering bringing a sample of a flammable liquid into their classroom.

Link to article 

Thanks for sharing this idea Milan !

Choosing the Right Safety Goggle – submitted by Dave Gervais

Wearing safety goggles is a requirement for many science activities, especially those involving chemicals.  Providing students with clean, comfortable, well-fitting safety goggles that are appropriate for the activity is essential to maintaining student safety.

This post provides an introduction to purchasing and maintaining appropriate safety goggles for your students.

Click here for the complete article

Thanks for sharing Dave

Five-Minute Safety Inspection – submitted by Flinn Scientific Canada

Our “Five-Minute Safety Equipment Inspection” can be used to quickly and easily evaluate the readiness of laboratory safety equipment. According to the OSHA Laboratory Standard, safety equipment should be checked on a regular basis. It is a good policy to document all safety inspections. If problems are found, repairs should be made promptly.

Click here to go to the source of ‘Five-Minute Inspection’. 

Website:  https://www.flinnsci.ca/

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Use of PTC Paper – submitted by Dave Gervais, Chair STAO Safety Committee

Introduction:

Since its discovery in 1932, PTC paper has been a popular activity for students studying genetics. It is used to determine the genotypes of individuals, and is bitter tasting. It has been tied to the evolutionary advantage allowing some primates to detect toxins in a potential food. Foods containing PTC like substances may be avoided by tasters (broccoli, water cress).

Click here for the complete document 

 

Battery fires: The potential danger hiding in your kitchen junk drawer at Christmas and year-round

Health Canada says it received more than 100 consumer reports over the last year involving batteries — everything from overheating to starting fires.

Source: Battery fires: The potential danger hiding in your kitchen junk drawer at Christmas and year-round