Below, we've provided links to the SFUSD Science Safety Letter to Guardians, Middle and High School Science Safety Contracts, and safety test questions you can use to develop a safety test specific to your science course. We've also provided information on chemical storage & inventory as well as the SFUSD Hazardous Waste Removal Process and form. Please direct any questions you have about science safety to:
Middle School & High School:
Judy Gerber: firstname.lastname@example.org
SFUSD Safety Documents
Science Safety Letter to Guardians:
Middle School Student Science Safety Contract:
High School Student Science Safety Contract:
SFUSD Science Safety Bulletins can be found on the SFUSD Department of Risk Management Intranet site. Click below to access information on:
Annual Safety Training
All teachers of science who were unable to attend the Science Safety Training at the August 17, 2017 Science Professional Development Day or any of the other make-up sessions, must take an online course for your annual safety training. Please complete it by the end of Fall semester.
Follow these directions to access the training.
Keep It Safe
Follow this link to print out copies of the four safety questions for science labs to use with your students.
The Science Lab Safety worksheet may be used to help you and your students put the answers to the four safety questions in writing.
FAQs about Safety: Check here for answers to some of the questions we hear most about safety in the Science classroom
Waste Containers Available
If you need bottles to collect chemical waste from labs or clear plastic bags for biological waste, contact Judy to get them. Appropriate stickers and labels are also available.
Science Safety Handbook
The Science Safety Handbook for California Public Schools (available as a PDF) is a good resource for questions about lab facility requirements, animals in the classroom, safety procedures in both elementary and secondary science classrooms, and appropriate chemical storage.
ONGOING CHEMICAL INVENTORY & SWEEPS!
2017-18 Site Chemical & Biological Specimen Inventory: Site-specific chemical inventory is now kept on msdsonline. Since we are required by OSHA and DPH to report our inventories annually, please be sure your science department's inventory is up-to-date by April 27, 2018. Notify email@example.com that your inventory has been completed by April 27, 2018.
Chemical Sweeps: The inventory update provides a great opportunity for school sites to turn unwanted items into waste. See the links below to find the form you need to fill out with your request for a waste pickup.
If you are using the "dot system," you will be able to look at your shelves and easily see which chemicals are no longer being used. In addition, any lab waste created during the year will also need to be added to the pickup request. Please label, set-aside, and submit the form for any known and unknown chemicals that are surplus, unused, or expired. Make sure that when chemicals are set aside as waste that they continue to be kept by compatibility. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more labels or have any further questions about this process.
Submit the waste pickup request forms by May 11, 2018.
Avoid unknowns: The best way to avoid generating unknown waste is to label your containers when the lab waste is created. Include the date, reactants, and product on the label. A pink chemical waste sticker also goes on the container. If you need these labels, check with your department chair or contact email@example.com. Please include your school site in the e-mail.
If you have unknown waste, follow the above procedure with as much information as you can.
Hazardous Waste Pick-up, Chemical Storage & Inventory
Disposing of Biological Waste
New biological waste is handled separately from chemical waste.