Science classes often involve hands-on laboratory activities. In this class you will do at least two/three per month. Many labs will involve potentially hazardous chemicals and materials. I refer to them as potentially hazardous because they are only hazardous if used inappropriately. There is no place in my class for unsafe use of materials. Thus, you will need to either be safe or be out (meaning alternative assignments will be given to you). To guide you to be safe, I am giving this lab safety contract. It contains guidelines for safe behavior in this class. You must read this contract carefully, have your parents read it and you both must sign it and return it to Dr. Fatolitis.  Only after I have received the signed copy of this agreement will you be able to participate in any lab activities in this class.   As such, it is a good idea to print up an extra copy for you to keep in your binder for reference.

General guidelines

  1. l. Conduct yourself responsibly at all times.

  2. Follow all written and verbal instructions carefully. Ask questions if you do not understand.

  3. No student is allowed in the classroom without a teacher. If there is no teacher in the room, DO NOT ENTER!

  4. Do not touch any equipment or materials before instructed to do so.


  6. Never start the lab unless you have received prior approval from me.

  7. Always read the lab packet before you perform any lab activity.

  8. Always keep your work area neat and clean.

  9. Leave your any unrelated property under your chair or a back room table at all times (never in the aisles, or in the lab area).

  10. Never leave liquid-filled containers uncovered. Know the location and operation of all safety equipment.

  11. Do not run, shout, or throw things in the lab.

  12. Notify me if an unsafe condition exists in the classroom.

  13. Dispose of all chemicals properly. I will instruct you about how to dispose of specific chemicals.

  14. Keep your hands away from your face while doing labs. Also, always wash your hands after the clean-up is complete.

  15. Rinse out all glassware and leave it to dry in the designated locations.

  16. Stay at your lab bench/table during labs.

  17. Know what to do if there is a fire drill.

  18. Treat preserved biological specimens respectfully.

  19. Carry sharp objects appropriately; tips down and away.

How are accidents handled?

  1. Immediately report ALL injuries, no matter how minor, to this teacher.

  2. Use the eyewash or shower if you are splashed with a chemical. Always assume that the chemicals are hazardous.

How do we dress for a lab activity?


  1. Goggles, aprons and gloves will be worn while conducting any lab activity.

  2. Contact lenses should be avoided.

  3. Only close-toed shoes may be worn on lab days.

  4. Tie long hair behind your head.

  5. No loose clothing or jewelry.

How do we handle chemicals?

  1. Consider all lab chemicals to be hazardous.

  2. Double check the label before using a chemical

  3. Take only the amount of chemical you will use.

  4. Never return unused chemicals to their original container (see # 14 above).

  5. Never let a chemical near your mouth.

  6. Never remove chemicals or other materials from the lab.

  7. Always hold chemical bottles with two hands when transporting them.

How do we handle glassware?

  1. Never handle broken glass. If a piece of glassware breaks, notify this teacher immediately and he will dispose of it.

  2. Never use chipped glassware.

How do we heat substances?

  1. Use caution when heating something with a Bunsen burner or other heat source. Do not put any substance in the flame, and always light any heat source at arm's length.

  2. Never leave a heat source unattended.

  3. Never look into a container that is being heated.

STUDENTS/PARENTS:  Click the button on the right, download, print and sign to acknowledge that you have read and understand the class rules and behavior policy of this science course.