Establishing a safe learning environment in schools encompasses facility design, safety equipment, class size and fire prevention. Training your staff on how to identify and evaluate potential hazards may be the key to avoiding accidents.
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Many accidents in school science labs are a result of overcrowded classrooms. All of the major science teacher organisations agree that the maximum number of students a teacher can safely supervise is 24, according to the website kmd12.org.
Caustic chemicals can damage the eye within just a few seconds. Every science lab should have a first aid kit stocked according to school policy and an eyewash fountain. Safety glasses and gloves are required equipment in middle and high school labs. Locate master gas and electricity shut-offs outside the classroom.
Small fires are easily extinguished with a fire extinguisher or fire blanket, while a serious fire means having an evacuation plan in place. In case of emergency, firefighters need to know the potential hazards of chemicals and materials in the classroom. Posting an inventory of hazardous materials is one way to give firefighters the information they need as they enter the area.
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