is a hands-on laboratory class. Students will be doing many
laboratory activities that may require the use of chemicals, laboratory
equipment, and other items which, if used incorrectly, can be hazardous.
Safety in the science classroom is the number 1 priority for students,
teachers, and parents. To ensure a safe science classroom,
a list of rules has been developed and provided to you in this student
safety contract. These rules must be followed at all times.
The student and a parent must
sign their copy.
read the entire contract before you sign.
Students will not be allowed in the laboratory until all their contracts
are signed and given to the teacher. Parents and students
can refer to these copies on this website, or you can request an
additional hard copy..
Conduct yourself in a responsible manner at all times in the
Follow all written and verbal instructions carefully.
If you do not understand a direction or part of a procedure,
ASK YOUR TEACHER BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH THE ACTIVITY.
Never work alone in the laboratory. No student may work
in the science classroom without the presence of the teacher.
When first entering a science room, do
not touch any equipment, chemicals, or other materials in the
laboratory area until you are instructed to do so.
Perform only those experiments authorized by your teacher.
Carefully follow all instructions, both written and oral.
Unauthorized experiments are not allowed.
Do not eat food, drink beverages, or chew gum in the laboratory.
Do not use laboratory glassware as containers for food or
Be prepared for your work in the laboratory. Read
all procedures thoroughly before entering the laboratory.
Never fool around in the laboratory. Horseplay,
practical jokes, and pranks are dangerous and prohibited.
Always work in a well-ventilated area.
Observe good housekeeping practices. Work
areas should be kept clean and tidy at all times.
alert and proceed with caution at all times in the laboratory.
Notify the teacher immediately of any unsafe conditions you
Dispose of all chemical waste properly. Never mix chemicals
in sink drains. Sinks are to be used only for water. Check
with your teacher for disposal of chemicals and solutions.
Labels and equipment instructions must be read carefully before
use. Set up and use the equipment as directed by your
Keep hands away from face, eyes, mouth, and body while using
chemicals or lab equipment. Wash your hands with soap
and water after performing all experiments.
Experiments must be personally monitored at all times.
Do not wander around the room, distract other students, startle
other students or interfere with the laboratory experiments
Know the locations and operating procedures of all safety
equipment including: first aid kit(s), and fire extinguisher.
Know where the fire alarm and the exits are located.
Know what to do if there is a fire drill during a laboratory
period; containers must be closed, and any electrical equipment
Any time chemicals, heat, or glassware are used, students will
wear safety goggles. NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE!
Contact lenses may be not be worn in the laboratory.
Dress properly during a laboratory activity. Long hair,
dangling jewelry, and loose or baggy clothing are a hazard in
the laboratory. Long hair must be tied back, and dangling
jewelry and baggy clothing must be secured. Shoes must completely
cover the foot. No sandals allowed on lab days.
A lab coat or smock should be worn during laboratory experiments.
Report any accident (spill, breakage, etc.) or injury
(cut, burn, etc.) to the teacher immediately, no matter how
trivial it seems. Do not panic.
If you or your lab partner is hurt, immediately (and loudly)
yell out the teacher's name to get the teacher's attention.
Do not panic.
If a chemical should splash in your eye(s) or on your skin,
immediately flush with running
for at least 20 minutes.
Immediately (and loudly) yell out the teacher's name to get
the teacher's attention.
CHEMICALS - Mostly for chemistry students
All chemicals in the laboratory are to be considered dangerous.
Avoid handling chemicals with fingers. Always use a tweezer. When
making an observation, keep at least 1 foot away from the specimen.
Do not taste, or smell any chemicals.
Check the label on all chemical bottles twice before removing
any of the contents. Take only as much chemical as you need.
Never return unused chemicals
to their original container.
remove chemicals or other materials from the laboratory area.
GLASSWARE AND EQUIPMENT
Never handle broken glass with your bare hands. Use a brush
and dustpan to clean up broken glass. Place broken glass
in the designated glass disposal container.
Examine glassware before each use. Never use chipped, cracked,
or dirty glassware.
If you do not understand how to use a piece of equipment,
ASK THE TEACHER FOR HELP!
Do not immerse hot glassware in cold water. The glassware
Do not operate a hot plate by yourself. Take care that
hair, clothing, and hands are a safe distance from the hot plate
at all times. Use of hot plate is only allowed in the
presence of the teacher.
Heated glassware remain very hot for a long time. They
should be set aside in a designated place to cool, and picked
up with caution. Use tongs or heat protective gloves if
Never look into a container that
is being heated.
Do not place hot apparatus directly on the laboratory desk.
Always use an insulated pad. Allow plenty of time for
hot apparatus to cool before touching it.
(answers are confidential)
Do you wear contact lenses? Yes_______
Are you color blind?
Do you have allergies?
Yes _______ No ______
If so, please list specific allergies ___________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________ (student's name) have read and
agree to follow all of the safety rules set forth in this contract.
I realize that I must obey these rules to insure my own safety,
and that of my fellow students and teachers. I will cooperate
to the fullest extent with my instructor and fellow students to
maintain a safe science lab environment. I will also closely
follow the oral and written instructions provided by the instructor.
I am aware that any violation of this safety contract that results
in unsafe conduct in the laboratory or misbehavior on my part, may
result in my being removed from the lab classroom, detention, receiving
a failing grade, and/or further disciplinary action.
Parent or Guardian:
feel that you should be informed regarding Howard DeBeck School's
effort to create and maintain a safe science classroom/laboratory
the cooperation of the teachers, parents, and students, a safety
instruction program can eliminate, prevent, and correct possible
hazards. You should be aware of the safety instructions your
son or daughter will receive before engaging in any laboratory work.
Please read the list of safety rules above. No student will
be permitted to perform laboratory activities unless this contract
is signed by both the student and parent/guardian and is on file
with the teacher. Your
signature on this contract indicates that you have read this Student
Safety Contract, are aware of the measures taken to insure the safety
of your son or daughter in the science laboratory, and will instruct
your son or daughter to uphold his or her agreement to follow these
rules and procedures in the laboratory.