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Science Safety

Teaching, Learning, and Practicing Science Safely means that before you do an experiment, demonstration or activity...

  • YOU KNOW the hazards.
  • YOU KNOW the worst things that could happen.
  • YOU KNOW what to do and how to do it if they should happen.
  • YOU KNOW and use the prudent practices, protective facilities, and protective equipment needed to minimize the risks.

There is more to lab safety than just labs.

Our lives are filled with hazards. When we Teach, Learn, and Practice Science Safely students and employees...

  • Learn to care about their health and safety.
  • Learn to identify life's hazards and how to protect themselves.
  • Create a safer and healthier learning and working environment.
  • Live safer, healthier, longer lives.

-LSI, 2015

The resources provided on this website are intended to provide a quick access list for educators to use in a way that supports their instructional planning. Provided resources should be previewed and used with teacher discretion. Because this page contains resources outside of the CDE website, CDE cannot control changes in outside content and listing these resources does not indicate an endorsement by the Colorado Department of Education. 

The Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI)
A non-profit international organization for safety in science and science education.

U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB)
An independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents and conducting root cause investigations of chemical accidents at fixed industrial facilities.

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Laboratory Safety

Lab safety contracts
Laboratory Safety Contract examples

Laboratory Safety Videos

Science Safety for Elementary Teachers
Booklet of Science safety for elementary teachers

NSTA Science Safety Blog
National Science Teachers Association blog around science safety in the classroom.

Fire extinguishers
Learn how to use fire extinguishers online

Introduction to Safety in the Chemical Laboratory
Wisc-online Safety PowerPoint with quiz

After the Rainbow, 2013
High School Chemistry Safety U.S. Chemical Safety Board

Chemical Management Resource Guide for School Administrators (2010)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Key Lessons for Preventing Incidents from Flammable Chemicals in Educational Demonstrations (October 2014)(PDF, 500 KB)
U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

Reducing Risks to Students and Educators from Hazardous Chemicals in a Secondary School Chemical Inventory (PDF, 65 KB)
Joint Board-Council Committee on Chemical Safety, American Chemical Society

Safety Checklist Program for Schools, October 2003
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Safety in the Science Classroom
National Science Teachers Association

School Chemistry Laboratory Safety Guide, October 2006
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Toolkit for Safe Chemical Management in K-12 Schools

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Chemical Information and MSDSs

Chemical Safety Guide

Restricted & Prohibited Chemical List

Advanced ChemSynthesis Ltd.
Specializing in the design, synthesis and analysis of small organic compounds for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

CCOHS ChemInfo
Search ChemInfo database

Produces over 800 well-known products used by research organizations in many disciplines.

Ductless and filtered fumehood and enclosures.

Fisher Scientific
Order literature and catalogs for Fisher products here.

Fluka Chemical

Kem Tek
Products for your pool and spa.

Material Safety Data Sheets for chemical products and Article Information Sheets, for items such as film, paper, and equipment, contain country specific regulatory information.

ILP, Inc.
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is designed to provide both workers and emergency personnel with the proper procedures for handling or working with a particular substance.

Modec Inc.
Technical development of decontamination technologies involving nuclear, chemical and biological agents.

The purpose of a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is to inform industrial purchasers and users of hazardous chemicals of reasonably foreseeable physical and chemical hazards that may arise from the use of those chemicals.

NIOSH International Safety Cards
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created both NIOSH and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA is in the U.S. Department of Labor and is responsible for developing and enforcing workplace safety and health regulations.

Packard Chemicals
The Life & Analytical Sciences (LAS) division of PerkinElmer provides drug discovery, genetic screening and chemical analysis instrumentation, reagents and services for scientific research and clinical applications

Praxair Products
Praxair Services has something big in store for customers in For McMurray, Alberta Canada, who need more liquid nitrogen.


Rohm & Haas
Dow source of a remarkable array of sophisticated materials that help our customers.

Scientific Instrument Services
Specialty abrasive/adhesive.

SureCo All Pro
Agrichems, pest baits

Vedco Products
Veterinary supplies

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Rules, Regulations, and Laws

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