California Department of Educations Science Safety Handbook – DID YOU KNOW?

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    Laurie
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    I was wondering how do you use this document for your science staff. This is filling with very useful information – how do you “bake” this into the system as a reference document and a training tool for those science teacher?

    How do you make sure science teachers and those creative TOSA are following safety practices when they are doing experiments?

    1) Do you host it on your website?
    2) Do you send an e-version of the document to each science or TOSA person?
    3) Do you make it an annual review?
    4) Do you have a vetting process for Science projects?

    How have you successfully implemented this reference document at your school sites or Districts?

    The why: We had a huge loss (fire) based on a teacher experiment with Lithium batteries? Who knew… apparently not us.

    Sharing to see how I can “lock-down” an issue that is so common that staff doesn’t even think about it until it’s a serious issue.

    Thank you for reading my. post.

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    #35212
    Laurie
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    Here is the actual handbook now.

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    #35297
    Denice
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    I send out information every year when I am requesting Hazaroudous Waste pickup up.
    We also do an annual training from ASCIP

    #35819
    Chris
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    I sent that very same flyer out globally to all our faculty, staff and admin in prior years.
    Then covid happened. Time to send it again to all! thanks for the reminder. 🙂

    We do also cover disposal of waste (and myriad other safety topics) our Monthly Maintenance Meetings. We have a “Maintenance Lead/Site Coordinator” (classified bargaining unit position) at each of our sites, and it helps us a lot TO BE ABLE to work closely with them.

    PS. We also have a once per year (or semester, depends) pick up of ALL Haz Waste at each of our sites. Designated a “Haz Waste Team” at each schools of one Vice Principal, the Chemistry/Science Teacher Dept Chair, Maint Site Coordinator, and me. Mostly e-mails for my part, reminders, it does help ensure waste is NOT MISSED FOR PICK UP. Google spreadsheet’ed Haz Waste Team Contacts, shared with group, AND with our Haz Waste Vendor. **IMPORTANTLY, it opens a space for dialogue, quick q & a, info sharing, etc.**

    sorry, went long on my reply.
    Thank you for sharing, and have a great upcoming 3-day weekend!

    #35971
    Chris
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    We’ve shared out the 2014 Handbook (on paper! originally in 2014 to EVERY Science Room, whew!) and we have a separate “School Laboratory Chemical Safety & Hygiene Plan” both of which are nowadays in a shared Science Safety google folder.

    To get the latest information ‘out there’, we hold quarterly “Science Safety Committee” Meetings. Committee is composted Chemistry/Science Dept Chair Teacher from each site and me, plus any invited speakers/consultants (the speakers are fewer anymore). The Dept Chair takes back the info to their site and simply shares-out everything discussed. It is all via Google Meets nowadays so no one has to drive or leave their classroom.

    It’s not just disseminating info, but the opportunity to have a safe space for DIALOGUE. I reiterate at each meeting, we’re there to PREVENT: injuries (staff, and students), regulatory violations, accidents, mishaps, AND **have a safe place to speak freely**. Sometimes I have to repeat that last line, but overall, it has been super beneficial. Remote meeting really does make it easier all around. 🙂

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