• SBE Policy SCOS-017 (formerly GCS-F-017), Science Laboratory Safety, requires development and implementation of a Chemical Hygiene Plan(CHP) by each Local Education Agency (LEA). Plans are to be reviewed, updated, and submitted annually by January 31st. For additional information or to submit plans contact Jami Inman at jami.inman@dpi.nc.gov .

Information for LEA Chemical Hygiene Officers (CHO) and Science Curriculum Leaders

Additional Reference Documents:

NSTA Safety in the Science Classroom

Web resources include NSTA Position Statements, books and web links

Science & Safety: Making the Connection

Informational resource for teachers by the Council of State Science Supervisors.

NCDPI's School Science Facilities Planner

provides a checklist for Safety equipment requirements.

A Guide to School Safety and Health

produced by the NC Department of Labor

Reducing Risks to Students and Educators from Hazardous Chemicals

in a Secondary School Chemical Inventory

American Chemical Society (ACS) document, includes a partial list of chemicals that it believes should not be found in a
secondary chemical inventory.

School Chemistry Laboratory Safety Guide

NIOSH document includes lists of hazardous chemicals with "greater hazardous nature than educational utility" (p33)
as well as other valuable recommendations

EPA Safe Chemical Management in Schools


Alternatives to Dissection

Position Statements from National Organizations and Resources

Training Resources:

Flinn Scientific offers FREE Laboratory Safety Courses Online as well as other safety resources for middle and high school teachers. http://labsafety.flinnsci.com/Home.aspx

The Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI) was founded in 1978 by Dr. James A Kaufman to provide safety training for secondary school science teachers. It is a non-profit (501C3) corporation and Massachusetts Public Charity. http://labsafetyinstitute.org/

The Science House at NCSU offers safety workshops for School Administrators, Chemical Hygiene Officers, Science Department Chairs, Chemistry teachers, or any science teacher who is responsible for training other teachers in their school or system. https://sciencehouse.ncsu.edu/educators/k-12-instructors/workshops-for-teachers/

Science & Safety Consulting Services (S&SCS) was founded by respected science educator, Linda M. Stroud, Ph.D. S&SCS is available to provide professional development for school Chemicals Hygiene Officers, Administrators, Safety Officers, as well as elementary, middle and high school science teachers. S&SCS also offers services for school systems in development of OSHA required written safety programs and safety assessments. http://www.sciencesafetyconsulting.com/