Sixty Seconds to Safer Science

The Earth/space sciences (ESS) have a truly multidisciplinary character. Topics of study include astronomy, atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, pedosphere, and others. Scientists and science educators in the Earth/space sciences use tools from other sciences such as physics, chemistry, biology, and more. When it comes to the hands-on education component in school science labs and experiences in the field, there are a number of safety issues which need to be addressed in order to provide for a safer teaching/learning environment. In this way, teachers in the ESS discipline need to be advocates for not only appropriate science laboratory facilities, field studies, general and specific lab equipment and student oriented activities, but also for safety protocols, engineering controls, standard operating procedures and personal protective equipment.

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