Student Safety Contract
Montgomery County Public Schools
Used with permission from Flinn Scientific, Inc.
Purpose 9. Keep aisles clear. Push your chair under the 19. Handle all living organisms used in a
desk when not in use. laboratory activity in a humane manner.
Science is a hands-on laboratory class. You Preserved biological materials are to be
will be doing many laboratory activities which 10. Know the locations and operating treated with respect and disposed of properly.
require the use of hazardous chemicals. Safety procedures of all safety equipment including
in the science classroom is the #1 priority for the first aid kit, eyewash station, safety shower, 20. When using knives and other sharp
students, teachers, and parents. To ensure a fire extinguisher, and fire blanket. Know where instruments, always carry with tips and points
safe science classroom, a list of rules has been the fire alarm and the exits are located. pointing down and away. Always cut away
developed and provided to you in this student from your body. Never try to catch falling
safety contract. These rules must be followed at 11. Always work in a well-ventilated area. Use sharp instruments. Grasp sharp instruments
all times. Two copies of the contract are the fume hood when working with volatile only by the handles.
provided. One copy must be signed by both substances or poisonous vapors. Never place
you and a parent or guardian before you can your head into the fume hood. Clothing
participate in the laboratory. The second copy
is to be kept in your science notebook as a 12. Be alert and proceed with caution at all 21. Any time chemicals, heat, or glassware are
constant reminder of the safety rules. times in the laboratory. Notify the instructor used, students will wear laboratory goggles.
immediately of any unsafe conditions you There will be no exceptions to this rule!
22. Contact lenses should not be worn in the
13. Dispose of all chemical waste properly. laboratory unless you have permission from
1. Conduct yourself in a responsible manner at
Never mix chemicals in sink drains. Sinks are your instructor.
all times in the laboratory.
to be used only for water and those solutions
designated by the instructor. Solid chemicals, 23. Dress properly during a laboratory
2. Follow all written and verbal instructions
metals, matches, filter paper, and all other activity. Long hair, dangling jewelry, and
carefully. If you do not understand a direction
insoluble materials are to be disposed of in the loose or baggy clothing are a hazard in the
or part of a procedure, ask the instructor before
proper waste containers, not in the sink. Check laboratory. Long hair must be tied back and
the label of all waste containers twice before dangling jewelry and loose or baggy clothing
adding your chemical waste to the container. must be secured. Shoes must completely cover
3. Never work alone. No student may work in
the laboratory without an instructor present. the foot. No sandals allowed.
14. Labels and equipment instructions must be
read carefully before use. Set up and use the 24. Lab aprons have been provided for your
4. When first entering a science room, do not
prescribed apparatus as directed in the use and should be worn during laboratory
touch any equipment, chemicals, or other
laboratory instructions or by your instructor. activities.
materials in the laboratory area until you are
instructed to do so.
15. Keep hands away from face, eyes, mouth
and body while using chemicals or preserved
Accidents and Injuries
5. Do not eat food, drink beverages, or chew
specimens. Wash your hands with soap and
gum in the laboratory. Do not use laboratory
water after performing all experiments. Clean 25. Report any accident (spill, breakage, etc.)
glassware as containers for food or beverages.
(with detergent), rinse, and wipe dry all work or injury (cut, burn, etc.) to the instructor
surfaces (including the sink) and apparatus at immediately, no matter how trivial it may
6. Perform only those experiments authorized
the end of the experiment. Return all appear.
by the instructor. Never do anything in the
equipment clean and in working order to the
laboratory that is not called for in the
proper storage area. 26. If you or your lab partner are hurt,
laboratory procedures or by your instructor.
immediately yell out "Code one, Code one" to
Carefully follow all instructions, both written
16. Experiments must be personally monitored get the instructor's attention.
and oral. Unauthorized experiments are
at all times. You will be assigned a laboratory
station at which to work. Do not wander 27. If a chemical should splash in your eye(s)
around the room, distract other students, or or on your skin, immediately flush with
7. Be prepared for your work in the laboratory.
interfere with the laboratory experiments of running water from the eyewash station or
Read all procedures thoroughly before
others. safety shower for at least 20 minutes. Notify
entering the laboratory. Never fool around in
the instructor immediately.
the laboratory. Horseplay, practical jokes, and
17. Students are never permitted in the science
pranks are dangerous and pranks are
storage rooms or preparation areas unless given 28. When mercury thermometers are broken,
dangerous and prohibited.
specific permission by their instructor. mercury must not be touched. Notify the
8. Observe good housekeeping practices.
18. Know what to do if there is a fire drill
Work areas should be kept clean and tidy at all
during a laboratory period; containers must be Handling Chemicals
times. Bring only your laboratory instructions,
closed, gas valves turned off, fume hoods
worksheets, and/or reports to the work area.
turned off, and any electrical equipment turned 29. All chemicals in the laboratory are to be
Other materials (books, purses, backpacks,
off. considered dangerous. Do not touch, taste, or
etc.) should be stored in the classroom area.
smell any chemicals unless specifically
instructed to do so. The proper technique for
smelling chemical fumes will be demonstrated 44. Report damaged electrical equipment
to you. immediately. Look for things such as frayed
cords, exposed wires, and loose connections.
30. Check the label on chemical bottles twice Do not use damaged electrical equipment.
before removing any of the contents. Take
only as much chemical as you need. 45. If you do not understand how to use a piece I , __________________________________
of equipment, ask the instructor for help.
31. Never return unused chemicals to their (student's name) have read and agree to follow
original containers. 46. Do not immerse hot glassware in cold all of the safety rules set forth in this contract.
water; it may shatter. I realize that I must obey these rules to insure
32. Never use mouth suction to fill a pipet. my own safety, and that of my fellow students
Use a rubber bulb or pipet pump. and instructors. I will cooperate to the fullest
Heating Substances extent with my instructor and fellow students
33. When transferring reagents from one to maintain a safe lab environment. I will also
47. Exercise extreme caution when using a gas
container to another, hold the containers away closely follow the oral and written instructions
burner. Take care that hair, clothing and hands
from your body. provided by the instructor. I am aware that
are a safe distance from the flame at all times.
any violation of this safety contract that
Do not put any substance into the flame unless
34. Acids must be handled with extreme care. results in unsafe conduct in the laboratory or
specifically instructed to do so Never reach
You will be shown the proper method for misbehavior on my part, may result in being
over an exposed flame. Light gas (or alcohol)
diluting strong acids. Always add acid to removed from the laboratory, detention,
burners only as instructed by the teacher.
water, swirl or stir the solution and be careful receiving a failing grade, and/or dismissal
of the heat produced, particularly with sulfuric from the course.
48. Never leave a lit burner unattended. Never
acid. leave anything that is being heated or is visibly
reacting unattended. Always turn the burner or
35. Handle flammable hazardous liquids over _____________________________________
hot plate off when not in use.
a pan to contain spills. Never dispense Student Signature
flammable liquids anywhere near an open 49. You will be instructed in the proper method
flame or source of heat. _____________________________________
of heating and boiling liquids in test tubes. Do
not point the open end of a test tube being
36. Never remove chemicals or other materials heated at yourself or anyone else.
from the laboratory area.
50. Heated metals and glass remain very hot
37. Take great care when transferring acids for a long time. They should be set aside to
and other chemicals from one part of the cool and picked up with caution. Use tongs or
laboratory to another. Hold them securely and Dear Parent or Guardian:
heat-protective gloves if necessary.
We feel that you should be informed
51. Never look into a container that is being
regarding the school's effort to create and
Handling Glassware and heated.
maintain a safe science classroom/laboratory
52. Do not place hot apparatus directly on the
38. Carry glass tubing, especially long pieces, laboratory desk. Always use an insulating pad.
With the cooperation of the instructors,
in a vertical position to minimize the Allow plenty of time for hot apparatus to cool
parents, and students, a safety instruction
likelihood of breakage and injury. before touching it.
program can eliminate, prevent, and correct
39. Never handle broken glass with your bare 53. When bending glass, allow time for the
hands. Use a brush and dustpan to clean up glass to cool before further handling. Hot and
You should be aware of the safety instructions
broken glass. Place broken or waste glassware cold glass has the same visual appearance.
your son/daughter will receive before
in the designated glass disposal container. Determine if an object is hot by bringing the
engaging in any laboratory work. Please read
back of your hand close to it prior to grasping
the list of safety rules above. No student will
40. Inserting and removing glass tubing from it.
be permitted to perform laboratory activities
rubber stoppers can be dangerous. Always unless this contract is signed by both the
lubricate glassware (tubing, thistle tubes, student and parent/guardian and is on file with
thermometers, etc.) before attempting to insert the teacher.
it in a stopper. Always protect your hands with Questions
towels or cotton gloves when inserting glass Your signature on this contract indicates that
tubing into, or removing it from, a rubber 54. Do you wear contact lenses? you have read this Student Safety Contract,
stopper. If a piece of glassware becomes YES NO are aware of the measures taken to insure the
frozen" in a stopper, take it to your instructor safety of your
for removal. 55. Are you color blind? son/daughter in the science laboratory, and
YES NO will instruct your son/daughter to hold his/her
41. Fill wash bottles only with distilled water agreement to follow these rules and
and use only as intended, e.g., rinsing 56. Do you have allergies? procedures in the laboratory.
glassware and equipment, or adding water to a
If so, list specific allergies _____________________________________
42. When removing an electrical plug from its Parent Signature
socket, grasp the plug, not the electrical cord.
Hands must be completely dry before touching _____________________________________
an electrical switch, plug, or outlet. Date
43. Examine glassware before each use. Never
use chipped or cracked glassware. Never use