Rules in the Science Laboratory

Here are 15 rules to remember about using the science laboratories and just a reminder for our Year 7 and 8 students who have used the laboratories before:

  1. No student may enter a laboratory or preparation room except under the direct supervision of the teacher in charge. 
  2. The wearing of thongs, sandals, open or other unprotective footwear will not be allowed in any science laboratory at any time. Suitable leather or vinyl shoes are the only acceptable footwear in the laboratory. 
  3. Many materials in the laboratory are dangerous and must be used for the purpose stated by the teacher in charge. 
  4. Do not try experiments on your own. Do only the experiments assigned according to the instructions given by the teacher in charge. 
  5. Never taste chemicals. Smell chemicals only when instructed to do so, and then cautiously in the correct manner. 
  6. Never drink from any taps or any vessels in the laboratory. 
  7. Always move carefully in a laboratory, and never run. 
  8. Never leave a bunsen burner on when not in use.
  9. Gas and water taps and electrical outlets are not to be used unless directed by the teacher in charge. 
  10. All accidents (no matter how slight) or breakages must be reported at once to the teacher.
  11. When heating chemicals ina test-tube, point the test-tube away from people. Never look directly into chemical experiments.
  12. A student will not remove nor cause to be removed any item of science equipment from a laboratory.
  13. No bags, ports etc. are to be taken into laboratories.
  14. Before leaving a laboratory, all work areas must be clean and tidy, and any equipment used must be returned to its proper place.
  15. No misbehaviour will be tolerated in the laboratory. Students will be banned from practical work for persistent foolish behaviour.

 Your tasks this week will be to create one of the following:

  • A quiz to help students learn and remember these rules. You could use Classtools.net or MyStudiyo.
  • A poster listing all these rules – either a class poster or a Glogster e-poster.
  • Create a cartoon about one or more of these rules using Comic Life or Toon-Do.
  • Create a Powerpoint or video explaining each of these rules to students.
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About brittgow

I am a Science and Maths teacher at a small rural school in western Victoria, Australia. I live on a sheep property with my husband and two children, who also attend Hawkesdale P12 College. I am passionate about education for sustainability, indigenous flora and fauna and love teaching!

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