Lab Safety

Mrs. Fessler’s 6th Grade Science Lab Student Safety Contract

SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS ARE AWESOME! However, they require proper safety procedures. The following standard procedures will apply to the science lab classes at Shikellamy Middle School. Students must adhere to these rules and practice acceptable behaviors to make this area safe for ALL students. In order to participate in laboratory activities, you must sign this document.

Safety Rules:

  1. Students may not work in the science lab without a certified science teacher present.

  2. Do not handle equipment and supplies set up in the lab until given instruction to do so from the science teacher. Read all written directions before beginning an experiment.

  3. Eye protection and gloves must be worn when required by the science teacher.

  4. No eating or drinking is permitted during science labs unless a consumable is part of a lab procedure and the science teacher gives permission to eat the consumable.

  5. No unauthorized experimentation is allowed.

  6. Follow lab procedures carefully and accurately. Do not proceed with any experiment if you do not understand the procedure.

  7. Do not taste or inhale chemicals. Do not touch chemicals with bare hands.

  8. Clean up spills promptly. If you have a question on spill clean up, ask the science teacher.

  9. If glass or other materials break, notify the science teacher immediately.

  10. Students must clean the work area and wash hands thoroughly before leaving the room.

  11. Report all injuries, no matter how minor, to the teacher. The teacher will give guidance on the treatment needed and direct the student to the nurse’s office, if needed.

  12. Follow any additional safety procedures explained by your teacher at the start of a lesson.

Response to Student Violations of Rules:

Depending on the severity of the incident, the teacher may respond by taking any of the following actions:

  • Verbal warning from teacher, record is kept of the incident.

  • Consultation during school or after school to retrain the student on lab safety.

  • Discipline referral, parent contacted, and administration will determine further consequences.


I have read, understand, and agree to the safety rules as written in this document. I have asked questions if I did not understand any of the above rules or information.

Student name:________________________________


Date: _________________

Class Period: ___________