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Skills for Safe Science

Price: £25.00
Age Range: KS3

Encourage your KS3 students to 'think safety' in order to avoid accidents and unsafe working methods. These resources can be used as a complete induction course or as short safety introductions at the beginning of other lessons. Resources are suitable for Key Stage 3 students of all abilities.

Safe Science worksheets/lesson plans cover: Basic safe laboratory procedures; Safety issues in science labs; Handling glassware; Handling chemicals; Working with electricity; Heating substances; Living materials; Equipment; Lifting and carrying; Safety in GCSE practical work.

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Size: 61 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 220 4
Code: SKSS
Popularity rank: 115
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Contents List


Section 1: Laboratory Safety Issues

  • 7 THE SAFE WAY TO BEHAVE This worksheet introduces students to the idea of “safe science” including behaviour in the laboratory, by looking at causes, corrections, and consequences.
  • 9 SAFETY RULES - OK! Further exploration of laboratory safety, as students generate their own set of safety rules to be agreed by the class.
  • 11 EMERGENCY PROCEDURES Raises awareness of the location of emergency facilities around the laboratory, and, in so doing, raises awareness of potential hazards.
  • 13 EMERGENCY AID Teaches students how to respond when faced with various emergency situations.
  • 15 FIRE! Raises student awareness of what to do in the event of a fire in the laboratory.
  • 17 HAZARD SYMBOLS This lesson plan introduces the concept of hazard symbols, and asks students to consider how chemicals should be stored and moved around.
  • 19 LIGHT AND SOUND Students consider levels of lighting and sound in the laboratory.
  • 21 FLOORS AND BENCHES Students consider the safety characteristics of materials used in the construction of laboratories.

Section 2: Chemical Safety Issues

  • 23 HANDLING CHEMICALS The correct way to handle chemicals and move them around.
  • 25 HANDLING SPILLAGES The correct way to deal with various chemical spills.
  • 27 CLEARING UP Promotes tidy working and awareness of issues related to clearing up.
  • 29 HANDLING GLASSWARE Shows safe practice in the handling of glassware.

Section 3: Electrical Safety Issues

  • 31 ELECTRICAL SAFETY This worksheet raises awareness of safety issues related to mains electricity, including earthing, fuses and circuit breakers.
  • 33 WIRING A PLUG A practical lesson in the wiring of a domestic plug which promotes an understanding of the safe use of electricity.
  • 35 ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS Students are taught safe ways to use laboratory electrical equipment.

Section 4: Biological Safety Issues

  • 37 SAFETY WITH MICROSCOPES This lesson plan teaches students safe practice in the use of microscopes.
  • 39 HANDLING ANIMALS Raises student awareness of issues involved in keeping animals.
  • 41 HANDLING MICROBES Highlights the procedures for handling microbes in a laboratory.
  • 43 HANDLING DISSECTION Explores issues involved in dealing with biological material.

Section 5: Heating Safety Issues

  • 45 BUNSEN BURNER I Introduces the Bunsen burner and explains how to use it safely.
  • 47 BUNSEN BURNER 2 Students compare the qualities and effects of different flames.
  • 49 HEATING SUBSTANCES 1 Students generate safety rules for the heating of different substances.
  • 51 HEATING SUBSTANCES 2 Students learn about different heating techniques for different materials.

Section 6: Safety in Investigative Work

  • 53 SELECTING EQUIPMENT: A homework page that develops students' ability to HOMEWORK select the correct equipment for particular investigations.
  • 55 HAZARDS Supports higher level students in the use of standard resources, such as Hazcards, to carry out Risk Assessments.
  • 57 RISK ASSESSMENT: CHEMISTRY Introduces Risk Assessment in Chemistry practicals.
  • 59 RISK ASSESSMENT: PHYSICS Introduces Risk Assessment in Physics practicals.
  • 61 RISK ASSESSMENT: BIOLOGY Introduces Risk Assessment in Biology practicals.



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