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ERIC Number: EJ1065291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
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Safe Science: Be Protected!
Science Education International, v17 n4 p287-292 Dec 2006
Science education is a changing landscape. Changes over the past ten years alone have been both evolutionary and revolutionary--Science Education Standards, new required assessments, science teacher certification issues, science teacher shortages and retirements, molecular approach to Biology, etc. These changes and issues range from curriculum/instruction, professional development, personnel, and facilities. With the advent of increased hands-on science, new facilities and a major turnover in the teaching workforce, laboratory safety is once again in the forefront. From local to national government agencies, expectations have been raised requiring laboratory safety information and training for science teachers, science supervisors/technicians, and science paraprofessionals/assistants. This article provides information about the federal and state application of the General Industry Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) safety standard 1910.1450 "Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in laboratories" or the laboratory standard that applies to public and private school teachers in most US states. Required general information for employees and the contents of the laboratory standard appendixes are outlined and required training is discussed. Finally, a brief discussion on when employee information and training must take place is provided. The article is then followed by a response from Peter Borrows.
Descriptors: Science Education History, Educational Change, Safety Education, Safety, Laboratory Safety, National Standards, Science Teachers, Information Needs, Educational Needs, Training Methods, Educational Resources, Science Education
International Council of Associations for Science Education. Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Education, Buca, Izmir 35150, Turkey. Tel: +90-532-4267927; Fax: +90-232-4204895; Web site: http://icaseonline.net
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