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Science Safety in Elementary Schools

Author(s): Michael Vu, MS

Teacher Responsibilities

Safety involves instruction – how the investigation is designed. Teachers should consider potential safety risks when planning investigations to be use in the classroom. Supervision is also an important factor providing a safe environment. 

It is the teacher’s responsibility to monitor students and act upon any unsafe behavior that is observed. 

Maintenance of equipment used in investigations is also important to ensure student safety. Equipment should be inspected for any flaws which might make them potentially unsafe for use. A regular inspection schedule can help to reduce the probability that a defective piece of equipment will be used in an investigation. 

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