ERIC Number: ED229280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Accidents in the Secondary School Science Laboratory.
Krajkovich, Joseph G.
A survey of 102 New Jersey secondary school science teachers, department chairpersons, and supervisors concerning their laboratory accident-rate was conducted during the 1981-82 school year. Results indicate that accidents occur on a weekly basis even among a sample of experienced teachers who were interested in safety. The number of accidents reported was 4,721, which is equivalent to 1.29 per teacher per week. Thirty-seven percent of the respondents reported a major accident had occurred in their teaching experience (one requiring a doctor's care). Other findings of importance were that laboratory facilities appear to be less than comprehensive in the area of eye safety and those teachers with advanced degrees and the most experiences have significantly fewer accidents. Questionnaire used in the survey, comments concerning survey question C2 ("Do you feel that authors forewarn you enough as to the safety of a proposed laboratory experiment?"), list of major accidents reported (from those included in the survey), and list of other accidents reported not included in the survey are provided in appendices. (JN)
Descriptors: Accident Prevention, Accidents, Injuries, Laboratory Procedures, Laboratory Safety, Questionnaires, School Accidents, Science Education, Science Equipment, Science Experiments, Science Laboratories, Secondary Education, Secondary School Science, State Surveys, Teacher Characteristics
David Sousa, West Orange Board of Education, 22 Municipal Plaza, West Orange, NJ 07052 ($3.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey Science Supervisors Association.
Identifiers: New Jersey