Chemistry classroom accidents have been in the news too often recently. I hazard to suggest that there are smaller incidents that never make the news because there are luckily no serious injuries. We need to be vigilant in our safety concerns to protect our students and ourselves from any accidents and exposure to hazardous substances. We also need to be aware of theft concerns. Unfortunately, students may be looking for ingredients to experiment with explosives or to manufacture illicit drugs.
The American Chemical Society Committee on Chemical Safety has graciously agreed to provide guidance to our readers at ChemEd X on safety issues. Please post your questions/concerns here or to my Twitter account @CullenChemEdX.
Check out the Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS) Web site. There are many tools and resources of value to both high school and higher ed faculty. The Chemical Safety in the Classroom page provides a video on the use of proper eye protection that is suitable for a science department meeting or use in the classroom. There are many other valuable resources including a List of Hazardous Chemicals that HS Teachers May Want to Rid from their Prep Lab and even PDF and WORD versions of a Secondary School Student Safety Contract.
Check out our first Post in the Cautious Chemist Corner. Dr. Robert Hill and Dr. Harry Elston of the Committee on Chemical Safety respond to questions that I had over a conversation in a workshop that I recently attended.