A new, revised edition of “Safety is Elementary” is now available. This guide book addresses a comprehensive range of topics in an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand and easy-to-adopt way. The guide is a valuable resource to elementary school teachers, with a special focus on safety in science education.
A sample of the nearly 100 topics included is as follows: Animals, Batteries, Chemicals, Disposal, Eye Protection, Field Trips, Glassware, Hazardous Chemicals, Indicators, Labeling, MSDS Sheets, Demonstrations, Plants, Solutions, Storage, Thermometers and Electricity.
The revised second edition “Safety is Elementary” includes 14 appendices. The appendices cover a diverse range of topics such as: A Safety Checklist, Acidity/Alkalinity for some Common Substances, Animals in the Classroom, Common Chemicals, Poisonous Plants, Safety Guidelines for Chemical Demonstrations,
Sample Material Safety Data Sheets, Safety Equipment Vendors, Sample Rules Agreement, Safety Quiz and Preparing Chemical Solutions. Useful internet references are now found throughout with an appendix dedicated to these sites.
A key focus of this second edition has been to include only information pertinent to grades K-6. Many A-Z topics have been edited, and new topics added. With the advent of science assessment fostered by No Child Left Behind Federal Legislation (2001 and amendments), hands-on, inquiry-based science for all students at the elementary level has been necessitated. This has amplified the need for safer instructional practices. The guide will inform you about safer practices to make your teaching of science a more enjoyable and meaningful experience for all of your students.
Additionally, major publishers are in the process of revising their K-6 science materials to be centered on active student participation in laboratories. The guide goes a long way in helping make such science education safer so that students have a positive attitude to science as they advance to higher grades.
The authors Dr. Ken Roy, Dr. Peter Markow and Dr. James Kaufman draw on their considerable knowledge base and work experience as can be seen from their credentials. Dr. Ken Roy is Director of Environmental Health & Safety for Glastonbury (Connecticut) Public Schools, Chair of the NSTA Safety Advisory Board, authorized OSHA Instructor, and author/columnist for national and international safety publications. He also writes the monthly science safety column found in each NSTA publication. Dr. Peter Markow is a Professor of Chemistry and Science Education at Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, Connecticut. Dr.Kaufman is the Founder and Director of the Laboratory Safety Institute and is internationally known for promoting science safety at all educational levels.
The book can be purchased (price $27.95) by calling the Laboratory Safety Institute at 508-647-1900 or emailing Sales@LabSafetyInstitute.org . Review copies of this guide are available upon request.