Safety in the Science Classroom

OSHA Training Requirements and Guidelines for K–14 School Personnel (PDF) provides a summary of OSHA training requirements and guidelines, at both the national and state level, as determined by state. It provides training guidelines, characteristics of an acceptable trainer, and topics that are required among various states. Authored by Linda M. Stroud, PhD, NSTA Safety Advisory Board, Chair, 2009–2010; and Kenneth R. Roy, PhD, NSTA Science Safety Compliance Consultant.

Guidelines from NSTA's Safety Advisory Board

Safety Resources List

This list of resources includes professional societies, federal and state agencies, nonprofit and for-profit companies, and science supply houses that provide safety services and products for K–12 teachers and administrators. To be listed as a "for profit" company, the company must provide free materials/services to K–12 schools. If a company or individual knows of a safety resource and wishes to submit a request to be listed on this resource site, please send the request to Linda M. Stroud, PhD, NSTA Safety Advisory Board Chair; or Kenneth R. Roy , PhD, NSTA Science Safety Compliance Consultant.

Disclaimer:
  • Intended use and the purpose of this Safety Resource List is to improve laboratory safety and provide science teachers and school administrators with safety information to make prudent decisions regarding science laboratory safety based on legal standards and best professional practices.
  • SECO does not assume liability for accuracy of information.
  • SECO 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.

This List DOES NOT SUPERCEDE 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 best professional practices under duty of care to make it safer in the science laboratory.

Resources for Middle / Secondary Schools

American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC)

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

American Chemical Society

California State Department of Education

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

NIOSH—The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Charles A. Dana Center, University of Texas at Austin

Connecticut State Department of Education

Council of State Science Supervisors

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Environment, Health, and Safety Online

Fermi Center

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

  • Lab Safety

Institute of Interactive Learning

  • Numerous materials

Illinois

Laboratory Safety Institute

  • Numerous publications

Local Hazardous Waste Program in King County Metro (Seattle)

Maryland State Department of Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

National Institute of Health (NIH)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

National Research Council (NRC)

National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA)

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Books:

Position Statements:

New York State Department of Education

Purdue University

Science and Safety Consulting Services

U.S. Department of Transportation

University of New Hampshire

Virginia State Department of Education

Web Resources for Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs)
Google the name of the chemical plus MSDS (e.g., sodium chloride MSDS)
Web Resources on Lab Techniques
Sigma Aldrich

Others:

Science Safety Resources for Elementary Schools

American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC)

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

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Carnegie Institution

Charles A. Dana Center

Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS)

Illinois State Department of Education

Maryland State Department of Education

Rhode Island State Department of Education

Virginia State Department of Education

National Science Teachers Association ( NSTA)

Books: Position Statements:

New Jersey State Department of Education

Science and Safety Consulting Services, Inc.

Web Pages / News Articles

Williamsclass Elementary Potomac School

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)