The following articles and resources can help you keep yourself, your students, and your classroom, safer from accidents. NSTA also has many resources on its website at
American Chemical Society Safety Videos
posted on 8:23 AM, March 15, 2019
ACS has produced a series of videos on safety in the high school chemistry lab.
How to Properly Dispose Chemical Hazardous Waste
by By Kenneth Roy | Published: November 28, 2018 in NSTA Blog
posted on 8:29 AM, November 30, 2018
Most middle and high school science laboratories produce chemical hazardous waste, but what exactly is it, and how do you dispose of it appropriately? Check out November NSTA Safety Blog Commentary by Dr. Ken, NSTA Chief Safety Compliance Adviser
Keeping Labs Safer With Engineering Controls
by By Kenneth Roy | Published: July 23, 2018 in NSTA Blog
posted on 11:17 AM, July 24, 2018
Check out Dr. Ken’s latest July NSTA Safety Blog commentary – important info to get your labs running safer for next academic year!
Safety Considerations in "BreakerSpaces"
by Eric Koser
posted on 10:15 AM, March 27, 2018
Do you take things apart? Consider these guidelines developed by NSTA's Safety Resource person Kenneth Roy.
Safety Checklist
posted on 8:52 AM, March 2, 2018
This safety inventory should be completed annually and be on file for inspections. Download a copy
posted on 8:50 AM, March 2, 2018
This statement by the NSTA Safety Advisory board addresses issues of class sizes and room space and cites accident research. Download a copy
Responding to Chemical Spills
by Kenneth Roy
posted on 8:04 AM, January 18, 2018
This blog post by NSTA safety consultant Dr. Ken Roy discusses what to do in case of a chemical spill in your classroom.
Elementary Safety Acknowledgement Form from NSTA
posted on 10:42 AM, December 22, 2017
This form may be used instead of a Safety Contract. Download a pdf from NSTA.
How to Safeguard Your Lab
by Kenneth Roy | Published: May 16, 2017 in NSTA Blog
posted on 1:45 PM, May 22, 2017
Many of the chemicals on the Department of Homeland Security’s Anti-Terrorism Standards Chemicals of Interest List can be found in high school storerooms. These chemicals may be prone to theft and unauthorized lab experiments. Some terrorist websites have even suggested that their operatives pose as students to acquire hazardous chemical, biological, or radiological agents (NAP 2011). To meet this challenge, science teachers, their supervisors, and administrators need to provide a secure working environment by making their labs more secure.
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