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Safety in the science classroom is the #1 priority for students, teachers and parents. Look like a real scientist by wearing your splash-proof goggles or safety glasses. You can also wear these when using cleaning products at home. Download learning activities, science guides about safety, and resources on how important it is to stop, think and apply safe laboratory practices when working in a lab environment. 

Lab Safety Awareness

Laboratory safety is governed by numerous local, state and federal regulations. OSHA has promulgated rules and published guidance to make laboratories increasingly safe for personnel. Download these booklets to learn the primary responsibility for maintaining laboratory safety at work and in the science classroom for a healthy environment. Material contained in these publications are in the public domain and may be reproduced, fully or partially, without permission. Source credit is requested but not required.

pdfBooklet for OSHA Laboratory Safety Guidance


It is essential for all involved in the science instruction program to develop a positive approach to a safe and healthy environment in the laboratory. Safety and the enforcement of safety regulations and laws in the science classroom and laboratory are the responsibility of the principal, teacher, and student—each assum-ing his/her share. Safety and health should be an integral part of the planning, preparation, and implementation of any science program.

pdfBooklet for School Chemistry Laboratory Safety Guidance

Video: Zombie College: The 5 Rules of Lab Safety

What is Zombie College?
Whether you're a chemist, researcher, or a student in a freshman biology course, the laboratory is a potentially fatal workplace. Lab safety is more than just memorizing a list of "Dos and Don'ts"...working safely is a state of mind. Our challenge was to design a blended learning program to serve as a catalyst to get learners thinking about and discussing the topic of lab safety. The goal is developing "a safety state of mind" which is demonstrated by behavioral change.

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Video: General Lab Safety Guidelines

The Amoeba Sisters are on a mission to demystify science with humor and relevance by creating free videos, GIFs, handouts, and comics. This video introduces science lab safety guidelines with memorable illustrations and an accompanying handout.

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NIH’s Student Laboratory Safety Program

S.T.A.R.S. (Safe Techniques Advance Research Science) Training

S.T.A.R.S. Training is a summer program only. This program is the only safety training course specifically designed and developed for researchers, ages 21 and under, working in biomedical laboratories at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


  • To provide students with the knowledge of a broad range of safety topics applicable to a biomedical research facility in a hands-on lab environment.
  • To foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills vital to potential hazard recognition and accident prevention through mock learning scenarios and challenges.

Register: SafetyTraining.NIH.gov

pdfSTARS Brochure NIH’s Student Laboratory Safety Program

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