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Lab Safety: Student Safety Contract

Mrs. Urbaitis’s Science Class

Physical Science is a hands-on laboratory class. Students will be doing many laboratory
activities that may require the use of chemicals, laboratory equipment, and other items
which, if used incorrectly, can be hazardous. Safety in the science classroom is the number
1 priority for students, teachers, and parents. To ensure a safe science classroom, a list of
rules has been developed and provided to you in this student safety contract. These rules must be followed at all
times. Two copies of the contract are provided. The student and a parent/guardian must sign one copy and return to the
teacher. Please read the entire contract before you sign. No student will be permitted to perform laboratory activities
unless this contract is signed by both the student and parent/guardian and is on file with the teacher. Your signature on this
contract indicates that you have read this Student Safety Contract and are aware of the measures taken to insure the safety
of students in the science laboratory. The second copy will remain in your student’s binder as a constant reminder of the
safety rules. Any failure in compliance with these rules will result in receiving a zero on that lab assignment and possible
removal from class.
10. Be alert and proceed with caution at all hair must be tied back, and dangling
times in the laboratory. Notify the teacher jewelry and baggy clothing must be
immediately of any unsafe conditions you secured. Shoes must completely cover
observe. the foot. No sandals allowed on lab days.

11. Know the locations and operating

GENERAL GUIDELINES procedures of all safety equipment including the ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES
first aid kit, eyewash station, and fire
1. Conduct yourself in a responsible manner extinguisher. Know where the fire alarm and the 21. Report any accident (spill, breakage,
at all times in the laboratory. exits are located. etc.) or injury (cut, burn, etc.) to the
teacher immediately, no matter how trivial
12. Dispose of all chemical waste properly. it seems. Do not panic.
2. Follow all written and verbal instructions Never mix chemicals in sink drains. Sinks are
carefully. If you do not understand a direction to be used only for water. Check with your 22. If you or your lab partner is hurt,
or part of a procedure, ASK YOUR teacher for disposal of chemicals and solutions. immediately (and loudly) yell out the
teacher's name to get the teacher's
THE ACTIVITY. 13. Labels and equipment instructions must be attention. Do not panic.
read carefully before use. Set up and use the
3. Do not eat food, drink beverages, or chew equipment as directed by your teacher. 23. If a chemical should splash in your
gum in the laboratory. Do not use laboratory eye(s) or on your skin, immediately flush
glassware as containers for food or 14. Keep hands away from face, eyes, mouth, with running water for at least 20 minutes.
beverages. NEVER EAT ANYTHING THAT and body while using chemicals or lab Immediately (and loudly) yell out the
IS PART OF THE LAB. equipment. Wash your hands with soap and teacher's name to get the teacher's
water after performing all experiments. attention.
4. Never fool around in the laboratory.
Horseplay, practical jokes, and pranks are 15. Always work in a well ventilated area. HANDLING CHEMICALS
dangerous and prohibited.
16. Experiments must be personally monitored 24. All chemicals in the laboratory are to
5. Never work alone in the laboratory. No at all times. Do not wander around the room, be considered dangerous. Avoid handling
student may work in the science classroom distract other students, startle other students or chemicals with fingers unless instructed to
without the presence of the teacher. interfere with the laboratory experiments of do so. Do not taste any chemicals. When
others. smelling a chemical, be sure to use the
6. Be prepared for your work in the wafting technique that will be
laboratory. Read all procedures thoroughly demonstrated to you.
17. Know what to do if there is a fire drill during
before entering the laboratory. a laboratory period; containers must be closed, 25. Check the label on all chemical bottles
and any electrical equipment turned off. twice before removing any of the contents.
7. When first entering a science room, do not
touch any equipment, chemicals, or other Take only as much chemical as you need.
materials in the laboratory area until you are
instructed to do so. 26. Never return unused chemicals to their
CLOTHING original container.
8. Perform only those experiments authorized 27. Never remove chemicals or other
by your teacher. Carefully follow all materials from the laboratory area.
instructions, both written and 18. Any time chemicals, heat, or glassware are
oral. Unauthorized experiments are not used, students will wear safety goggles. THERE 28. When transferring reagents from one
allowed. ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE! container to another, hold the containers
away from your body.
9. Observe good housekeeping practices. 19. Contact lenses should not be worn in the
Work areas should be kept clean and tidy at laboratory when chemicals are used. 29. Acids must be handled with extreme
all times. Keep aisles clear. Push your chair care. Always add acid to water, swirl or
under the desk when not in use. 20. Dress properly during a laboratory activity. stir the solution and be careful of the heat
Long hair, dangling jewelry, and loose or baggy produced, particularly with sulfuric acid.
clothing are a hazard in the laboratory. Long
Lab Safety: Student Safety Contract
Mrs. Urbaitis’s Science Class
30. Take great care when transporting acids is visibly reacting unattended. Always turn the safe science lab environment. I will
and other chemicals from one part of the burner or hotplate off when not in use. also closely follow the oral and written
laboratory to another. Hold them securely instructions provided by the
and walk carefully. 42. You will be instructed in the proper method
instructor. I am aware that any
of heating and boiling liquids in test tubes. Do
not point the open end of a test tube being violation of this safety contract that
HANDLING GLASSWARE AND heated at yourself or anyone else. results in unsafe conduct in the
EQUIPMENT laboratory or misbehavior on my part
43. Heated glassware and metal remains very may result in my being removed from
31. If you do not understand how to use a hot for a long time. They should be set aside in the lab classroom, detention,
piece of equipment, ASK THE TEACHER a designated place to cool, and picked up with receiving a failing grade, and/or
FOR HELP! caution. Use tongs or heat protective gloves if further disciplinary action.
32. When carrying knives and/or other sharp ___________________________
instruments, always carry with tips and points 44. Never look into a container that is being
heated. Student Signature
pointing down and away. Always cut away
from your body. Never try to catch falling
sharp instruments. Grasp sharp instruments 45. Do not place hot apparatus directly on the ___________________________
only by the handles. laboratory desk. Always use an insulated pad. Date
Allow plenty of time for hot apparatus to cool
33. Examine glassware before each use. before touching it.
Never use chipped, cracked, or dirty Dear Parent or Guardian:

34. Never handle broken glass with your bare We feel that you should be informed
hands. Use a brush and dustpan to clean up regarding Norwood High School's
broken glass. Place broken glass in the effort to create and maintain a safe
designated glass disposal container. science classroom/laboratory
QUESTIONS environment. With the cooperation of
(answers are confidential) the teachers, parents, and students, a
35. Do not immerse hot glassware in cold
water. The glassware may shatter. safety instruction program can
46. Do you wear contact lenses? eliminate, prevent, and correct
Yes ____ No ____ possible hazards. You should be
36. Fill wash bottles only with distilled water
and USE ONLY AS INTENDED, e.g. rinsing aware of the safety instructions your
glassware and equipment, or adding water to
47. Are you color blind? son or daughter will receive before
a container. Yes ____ No ____ engaging in any laboratory work.
Please read the list of safety rules
48. Do you have allergies? above. No student will be permitted to
37. When removing an electrical plug from its
Yes ____ No ____ perform laboratory activities unless
socket, grasp the plug, not the electrical cord.
Hands must be completely dry before this contract is signed by both the
touching an electrical switch, plug, or outlet. If so, please list specific allergies: student and parent/guardian and is on
__________________________________ file with the teacher. Your signature
__________________________________ on this contract indicates that you
38. Report damaged electrical equipment
immediately. Look for things like frayed __________________________________ have read this Student Safety
cords, exposed wires, and loose connections. Contract, are aware of the measures
Do not use damaged electrical equipment. 49. Please list any other health concerns taken to insure the safety of your son
the teacher should be aware of regarding or daughter in the science laboratory,
the student. and will instruct your son or daughter
HEATING SUBSTANCES __________________________________ to uphold his or her agreement to
39. Exercise extreme caution when using a __________________________________ follow these rules and procedures in
gas burner or a hot plate. Take care that __________________________________ the laboratory.
hair, clothing, and hands are a safe distance
from the heat source at all times. Do not ___________________________
operate a gas burner or a hot plate by Parent/Guardian Signature
yourself; use is only allowed in the presence AGREEMENT
of the teacher.
40. Do not put any substance into the gas I, ______________________________ Date
flame unless specifically instructed to do so. (student's name) have read and agree to
Never reach over an exposed flame. Light follow all of the safety rules set forth in this
gas burners only as instructed by the teacher. contract. I realize that I must obey these
rules to insure my own safety, and that of
41. Never leave a lit burner unattended.
my fellow students and teachers. I will
Never leave anything that is being heated or
cooperate to the fullest extent with my
instructor and fellow students to maintain a
Lab Safety: Student Safety Contract
Mrs. Urbaitis’s Science Class

Modified from Flinn Scientific Inc.