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Safety Contract

Student Safety Contract
Montgomery County High School
(from Flinn Scientific, Inc.)
Science is a hands-on laboratory class. You will be doing many laboratory activities which
require the use of hazardous chemicals. Safety in the science classroom is the #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.
General Guidelines
1. Conduct yourself in a responsible manner at all times in the laboratory.
2. Follow all written and verbal instructions carefully. If you do not understand a direction or part of a procedure, ask the instructor before
3. 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.
4. Do not eat food, drink beverages, or chew gum in the laboratory. Do not use laboratory glassware as containers for food or beverages.
5. Perform only those experiments authorized by the instructor. Never do anything in the laboratory that is not called for in the
laboratory procedures or by your instructor. Carefully follow all instructions, both written
and oral. Unauthorized experiments are prohibited.
6. 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 pranks are dangerous and prohibited.
7. Observe good housekeeping practices. Work areas should be kept clean and tidy at all times. Bring only your laboratory instructions,
worksheets, and/or reports to the work area. Other materials (books, purses, backpacks, etc.) should be stored in the classroom area.
8. Keep aisles clear. Push your chair under the desk when not in use.
9. Know the locations and operating procedures of all safety equipment including the first aid kit, eyewash station, safety shower,
fire extinguisher, and fire blanket. Know where the fire alarm and the exits are located.
10. Be alert and proceed with caution at all times in the laboratory. Notify the instructor
immediately of any unsafe conditions you observe.
11. Labels and equipment instructions must be read carefully before use. Set up and use the prescribed apparatus as directed in the
laboratory instructions or by your instructor.
12. Keep hands away from face, eyes, mouth and body while using chemicals or preserved specimens. Wash your hands with soap and
water after performing all experiments. Clean (with detergent), rinse, and wipe dry all work
surfaces (including the sink) and apparatus at the end of the experiment. Return all equipment clean and in working order to the
proper storage area.
13. Experiments must be personally monitored at all times. You will be assigned a laboratory station at which to work. Do not wander
around the room, distract other students, or interfere with the laboratory experiments of others.
14. Students are never permitted in the science storage rooms or preparation areas unless given
specific permission by their instructor.
15. Know what to do if there is a fire drill during a laboratory period; containers must be closed, gas valves turned off, fume hoods
turned off, and any electrical equipment turned off.
16. When using knives and other sharp instruments, always carry with tips and points pointing down and away. Always cut away
from your body. Never try to catch falling sharp instruments. Grasp sharp instruments only by the handles.
17. Any time chemicals, heat, or glassware are used, students will wear laboratory goggles. There will be no exceptions to this rule!
18. Contact lenses should not be worn in the laboratory unless you have permission from your instructor.
19. 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 loose or baggy clothing must be secured. Shoes must completely cover the foot. No sandals allowed.
20. Lab aprons and safety goggles have been provided for your use and should be worn during laboratory activities.
Accidents and Injuries
21. Report any accident (spill, breakage, etc.) or injury (cut, burn, etc.) to the instructor immediately, no matter how trivial it may appear.
22. If you or your lab partner are hurt, immediately tell the instructor.

Handling Glassware and
23. Carry glass tubing, especially long pieces, in a vertical position to minimize the likelihood of breakage and injury.
24. Never handle broken glass with your bare hands. Use a brush and dustpan to clean up broken glass. Place broken or waste glassware
in the designated glass disposal container.
25. Inserting and removing glass tubing from rubber stoppers can be dangerous. Always lubricate glassware (tubing, thistle tubes,
thermometers, etc.) before attempting to insert it in a stopper. Always protect your hands with towels or cotton gloves when inserting glass
tubing into, or removing it from, a rubber stopper. If a piece of glassware becomes frozen" in a stopper, take it to your instructor for removal.
26. When removing an electrical plug from its socket, grasp the plug, not the electrical cord. Hands must be completely dry before touching
an electrical switch, plug, or outlet.
27. Examine glassware before each use. Never use chipped or cracked glassware. Never use dirty glassware.
28. Report damaged electrical equipment immediately. Look for things such as frayed cords, exposed wires, and loose connections.
Do not use damaged electrical equipment.
29. If you do not understand how to use a piece of equipment, ask the instructor for help.
30. Do not immerse hot glassware in cold water; it may shatter.
Heating Substances
31. Exercise extreme caution when using a gas burner. Take care that hair, clothing and hands are a safe distance from the flame at all times.
Do not put any substance into the flame unless specifically instructed to do so Never reach over an exposed flame. Light gas (or alcohol) burners only as instructed by the teacher.
32. Never leave a lit burner unattended. Never leave anything that is being heated or is visibly reacting unattended. Always turn the burner or
hot plate off when not in use.
33. You will be instructed in the proper method of heating and boiling liquids in test tubes if necessary. Do not point the open end of a test tube being heated at yourself or anyone else.
34. Heated metals and glass remain very hot for a long time. They should be set aside to
cool and picked up with caution. Use tongs or heat-protective gloves if necessary.
35. Never look into a container that is being heated.
36. Do not place hot apparatus directly on the
laboratory desk. Always use an insulating pad.
Allow plenty of time for hot apparatus to cool
before touching it.
37. When bending glass, allow time for the
glass to cool before further handling. Hot and
cold glass has the same visual appearance.
Determine if an object is hot by bringing the
back of your hand close to it prior to grasping
I , (print name) ___________________________
(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 instructors. I will cooperate to the fullest extent with my instructor and fellow students to maintain a safe 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 being removed from the laboratory, detention, receiving a failing grade, and/or dismissal from the course.
Student Signature
Date :
Dear Parent or Guardian:
With the cooperation of the instructors, parents, and students, a safety instruction program can eliminate, prevent, and correct
possible hazards. You should be aware of the safety instructions your son/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/daughter in the science laboratory, and will instruct your son/daughter to hold his/her agreement to follow these rules and
procedures in the laboratory.
38. Do you wear contact lenses?
39. Are you color blind?
40. Do you have allergies?
If so, list specific allergies:
Parent Signature

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