Lets talk science safety. The responsibility of manging safety is in the hands of students and teachers in the room. It is up to the teacher and class to create an environment based on clear procedures and rules that promote proper lab safety. It is best to attack this issue with strong procedures and rules which prevent risky behavior around hazards so it doesn't become an issue in the classroom. The module from USU listed below will help you create a culture focused on lab safety in your room. Please take some time to go through the module.
There are two major requirements that teachers and students need to fulfill at the beginning of the year each year. The first is to have all of the students fill out a lab safety contract and hand it in to the teacher. This must be kept on file for at least 7 years. You can scan then and store it digitally if you wish. The next step is to have the students take the lab safety test listed below. Students need to obtain a 100% on the test. If they don't you will need to have them repeat the test until they do. This also needs to be stored for at least 7 years.
This module will walk you through creating a strong lab safety culture and explain some of the major concerns to watch for while in the lab. This module serves as the orientation for lab safety in the school district. For more information please review the handbook linked to below.
Flinn Science Safety Resources
NSTA Position Statements:
Liability of Science Educators for Laboratory Safety
Safety and School Science Instruction
Human Sexuality Training -INFO
All biology teachers need to have read the following law R277-474-5A. Once you have looked over the law so you are clear on what NOT to do in the classroom, please send an email to Matt Patterson so we can check you off our list. We need to know all of the BIO teachers have looked at the law and that you know what is expected of you.
This Fall the USOE will be sponsoring four trainings, plus two online Adobe Connect trainings, which are mandatory for all new or newly assigned teachers of BIOLOGY. If you fall into any of the following three categories you need to attend the training.
You are a new hire in Weber School District and you are teaching Biology
You have been a teacher in Weber School District but are teaching Biology for the first time
You have been teaching Biology but for some reason you have never been to the training
For more information about Human Sexuality training requirements please contact -
Office Assistant | Teaching & Learning | Utah State Office of Education 250 E 500 S | PO Box 144200 | Salt Lake City, 84114-4200
Phone: 801.538.7773 | Fax: 801.538.7769