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.
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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.
Health Canada says it received more than 100 consumer reports over the last year involving batteries — everything from overheating to starting fires.
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.
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.
‘Safety First’ describes the vision and goals that all science teachers share for school science labs. We all say that safety always comes first! But what does this mean in practice?
Demonstrations are an effective teaching tool. Even though students may not be handling chemicals or using equipment during a demonstration, it is vitally important that instructors follow rigorous safety rules. Continue reading