In the last
part of our science lab safety guide we covered the classroom. The guide itself
is aimed at teachers who teach science for children aged 5-11 years old.
The guide is
not designed to be comprehensive but highlights areas that could be ignored or
forgotten and cause negligence in the classroom.
In part 3 we
will be looking at the duties a teacher needs to maintain at all times.
Instruction in the Science Lab
instruction children receive before performing a science experiment,
investigation or activity is incredibly important and it needs to:
relevant to the task at hand
any potential hazards or dangers
the correct procedures or techniques
that you are following any guidelines that have been set out, and read through
the curriculum so you are aware of any policies or procedures that have been
put in place.
make sure that any science trips or activities are all appropriate for the age
of the children you are educating.
safety procedures at all times and remember that you are a role model for these
children and they will follow your lead. Therefore if a child sustains injuries
due to negligence in procedures, you could be liable.
Supervision in the Science Lab
It is your
responsibility to make sure that any children under your supervision are
behaving in the appropriate manner, in light of any foreseeable risks or
potential hazardous situations. Remember:
not tolerate bad behaviour of any type
higher the degree of risk , the more supervision is required
not leave any students unattended, if you must leave, then responsibility must
lie with another authorised adult.
to act to a situation or improper conduct is grounds for liability.
students out on science trips/investigations the correct amount of supervision
is vital. If there are a high number of students or very young students, then a
number of authorised adults who know the appropriate safety policies and also
have knowledge of any foreseeable risks are required on the trip as well.
Maintenance In the Science Lab
that environment is safe to work in for both students and teachers. The teacher
will need to make sure of the following:
or wrongly sized equipment should never be used. If you need to replace
equipment, then speak to the appropriate person to get these ordered.
should always be written and filed so that the appropriate maintenance of any
potential dangers or hazards can be corrected and dealt with.
regular inspections of the classroom to double check that equipment and first
aid kits are put away properly and maintained with the correct items is crucial,
and will make it easier to maintain a safe classroom.
sure all the guidelines are followed and all chemicals and substances are
labelled and stored correctly. There is a whole host of labelling systems available.
files of hazard notifications and maintenance inspections is also a great idea,
in the event that there is an accident then this should help with
investigations and eliminate personnel or school liability.
the end to our 3 part science lab safety guide. Hopefully you will have found it useful and picked up some tips
which you can put into effect.
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