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
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 !
Basic biotechnology lab experiments involving the isolation, digestion and analysis of DNA are an exciting part of the modern biology curriculum. Today’s students are eager to learn about forensic investigations, DNA forensics and other biotechnology applications. This safety note discusses safety issues associated with forensic inquiry and biotechnology experiments. Continue reading
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
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’.
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
Studying living organisms in biology and life science is a “natural” way to engage students and
nurture their interest in biology. Keeping live animals requires thoughtful consideration of learning
goals, school policies, and potential dangers.
Click here to go to the source of ‘Live Animals in the Classroom’.
Closed Captioning Update
The STAO Safety Mindedness (SSM) program is an interactive online training program to train teachers on common safety-related issues in a typical Science (Grades 9–12) and Science and Technology (Grades K–8) programs. SSM is an easy to use, flexible and cost-effective strategy to meet your school’s safety training needs. The training provided by this program helps promote a culture of safety mindedness in your school. SSM has just been updated to include closed captioning.
Both the elementary and secondary versions of SSM are divided into 8 convenient modules. The content of each module is consistent with STAO’s safety reference texts, ‘Safety in Elementary Science and Technology’ and ‘Safe On Science, Second Edition’.
SSM is available, free of charge, to all teachers and can be accessed from the STAO website, blog, or via the following links. School boards are encouraged to run SSM off their internal servers at no cost. Contact email@example.com for details.
School Board Customization Services Available.
SSM can be customized to include board-specific content, e.g., logos, inserts (customization charges will apply). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.