Safety in the Science Classroom
Student Safety Contract
The following standard operating procedures will
apply to all high school science laboratories. Students must adhere to these
rules and practice acceptable behaviors to make these areas safe for ALL
- STUDENTS MAY NOT WORK IN THE LABORATORY
WITHOUT A CERTIFIED SCIENCE INSTRUCTOR PRESENT.
- Only students registered for the class are
allowed in the laboratory.
- No backpacks or purses are allowed in the
- Do not handle equipment and supplies set up in
the laboratory until given instruction to do so from the instructor.
- Clothing and attire should provide protection
from hazardous substances.
- Eye protection must be worn when required by
the lab instructor. Students must purchase safety goggles approved
for use by AASD.
- Personal protective equipment such as gloves
and a laboratory apron should be used at the direction of the laboratory
- No eating or drinking is permitted in any
science classroom unless a consumable is part of a laboratory procedure and
the instructor gives permission to eat the consumable.
- Never place anything in the mouth while in the
laboratory except as directed by the instructor.
- Smell chemicals only by wafting a small amount
of vapor toward the nose with the hand.
- No unauthorized experimentation is allowed.
Do not change written laboratory procedures without the permission of the
- Follow laboratory procedures carefully and
accurately. Do not proceed with any experiment if you do not understand
- All chemical names and identities should be
carefully double-checked prior to use.
- Laboratory fume hoods should be used for all
operations which have the potential to release fumes, gasses, or volatile
solvent vapors in excess of recommended exposure levels. Notify the
instructor if you think the fume hood is not functioning properly.
- Clean up spills promptly. If you have
questions on spill clean up, ask the instructor. Do not attempt to clean up
spilled mercury. Notify the instructor immediately.
- Clean up broken glass using a broom and
dustpan and dispose of in the proper container, NOT in the wastebasket.
- Proper disposal of laboratory waste is
essential. Do not dispose of any chemical in the sink without approval
from the instructor. Use appropriate waste containers when provided.
- Students should clean the work area and wash
hands thoroughly before leaving the room.
- Report all injuries, no matter how minor, to
the instructor. The instructor will give guidance on the treatment needed
and direct the student to the health room, if needed.
- Students should know the location of and how
to operate all available safety equipment. This includes: eye wash stations,
safety showers, fire extinguishers, fire blankets, first aid supplies, and
master shutoffs for gas, electricity and water.
- Students should know the location of emergency
telephone numbers and how to use them.
Response to Student Violation of Rules:
Depending upon the severity of the incident,
the teacher may respond by taking any the following actions:
- Verbal warning from teacher, record is kept of
- Review of rule involved; parents and student
sign agreement that the rule is understood and will be followed.
- Removal from class for the duration of class
period. Parents contacted.
- Suspension from the class for one week and
conference with parents, teacher, and administrator.
- Class suspension for the remainder of the
To the Parent / Guardian
Your student will be working in the laboratory
during this course. In order to assure his/her personal safety and the safety of
others, it is important the above rules are followed. Failure to do so may
result in the removal of your student from the laboratory.
We have read, understand, and agree to follow
the safety rules and procedures as written in this document.
check here if student wears contact lenses.