Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 16:40:57 -0400
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Subject: Re: High School Lab Safety

On another e-mail list I follow someone asked the question:
What's the best source of information (links, texts, etc.) for high  
school chemical safety?
Are there any prohibited chemicals? (recommended, regulatory, or  

I thought that DCHAS-L might be interested in some of the answers...

- Ralph


Subject: Re: High School Lab Safety
From: "Harry J. Elston" 

There are a number of resources for secondary school chemical safety.   
As with most things, some are better than others.

NIOSH "Safe Lab: School Chemistry Laboratory Safety Guide" (available  
here: is not  
bad but it does have some issues.

Linda Stoud's group, Science and Safety Consulting Group, has put  
together a good work for the secondary schools.  Information is  
available here: 
.  Products are not free.

The American Chemical Society's Committee on Chemical Safety has  
written a series of safety guides for secondary schools, "Chemical  
Safety for Teachers and Their Supervisors, Grades 7-12."  That is a  
publication by CCS.  You can get a single free copy by asking,  
multiple copies are $2.50 each.  The publication is NOT available for  
download.  Information is available here:

Additionally, the CCS has issued a number of small documents regarding  
specific issues for secondary school chemical safety.  These are PDF  
files, free, and are available here:

The Journal of Chemical Education often has safety information in it,  
especially in the form of "CLIPs" "Chemical Laborartory Information  
Profiles" - These are similar to the Laboratory Chemical Safety  
Summary (LCSS) found in Prudent Practices in that they are one-two  
page summaries, but, in my opinion, are more concisely written from a  
risk management perspective.  They are very readable and  
understandable to anyone that has had general/organic chemistry.  Some  
of these are also available on the CCS front page (above).

Regarding "banned chemicals."  There are no "banned" chemicals in  
secondary school laboratories.  However there are a number of  
chemicals that pose significant risk to students and faculty who are  
not well versed in handling hazardous materials.  The CCS has issued a  
guidance document regarding these chemicals, "Reducing Risks to  
Students and Educators from Hazardous Chemicals in a Secondary School  
Chemical Inventory" which is one of the guidance documents that is  
located on the CCS front page.  This document was prepared from the  
risk managment perspective with the knowledge that many secondary  
school educators are not well versed in handling hazardous chemicals.   
Additionally, the NIOSH document that was mentioned above also  
contains a listing of chemicals that have limited use in the secondary  
school, pages 33 and following.


Harry J. Elston, Ph.D., CIH
Editor, Journal of Chemical Safety
Chair, Safe Practices Subcommittee, CCS

From: Terri Prichard 
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 07:30:21 -0700

If you are in California, there is a document called The Science  
Safety Handbook for California Public Schools (1999 Edition) available  

It doesn't exactly ban chemicals, but it does list chemicals "not  

Subject: Re: High School Lab Safety
From: Ron Yovich 

Colorado has a pretty extensive list of prohibited and restricted  
amount chemicals that the State has incorporated into the regulations  
for  schools. See the link below:

The State has conducted inspections and cleanouts at most of the  
secondary schools in the larger metropolitan areas over the past few  
years.  Most of the prohibited materials have been removed and  
disposed of through the proper  channels.

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