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"A Safety Minute" by Dr. Ken Roy - NSELA Safety Compliance Officer

Posted: June 6, 2019

NSELA Safety Minute by Dr. Ken Roy – NSELA Safety Compliance Officer - For current safety updates five days a week, follow Dr. Ken on [email protected].

"Wood Dust!" - Exposure to wood dust has long been associated with a variety of adverse health effects, including dermatitis, allergic respiratory effects, mucosal and nonallergic respiratory effects, and cancer. Also certain airborne levels of wood dust can be explosive! STEM labs, Makerspaces and even some physics/engineering labs use power tools that produce wood dust. Supervisors need to know what engineering controls are needed, based on OSHA legal standards and better professional safety standards? Check out this great resource - OSHA Woodworking eTool:


Upcoming Webinar TODAY, May 30th - "Makerspaces, Fab Labs & STEM Labs: Safer Designs and Practices!"

Posted: May 30, 2019

When: May 30, 2019
Time: 2:00 CDT
Speakers: Dr. Ken Roy and Dr. Tyler Love
Platform: Join Zoom Meeting -

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Meeting ID: 464 575 079

Makerspaces, Fab Labs, and STEM Labs have become more common in schools and community centers. These instructional spaces that were traditionally reserved for science laboratories and school shops are now being found in libraries, media centers, hybrid classroom/labs, and other places. This poses a number of risks because of the amalgam of hazardous tools, equipment, and chemicals inherent within these instructional spaces. STEM laboratory safety specialists, Dr. Ken Roy and Dr. Tyler Love, will answer safety questions and discuss content from their latest NSELA and NSTA recommended book, “Safer Makerspaces, Fab Labs, and STEM Labs: A Collaborative Guide!”. Topics to be discussed include: A brief overview of legal standards, instructor and administrator duties, more engaging methods for teaching safety, required safety controls, a broad overview of some critical biological/chemical/physical safety hazards, the planning and renovation process, recommended areas and equipment within a makerspace or lab, and examples of makerspace and lab designs.


  • Dr. Ken Roy
  • Dr. Ken Roy has been a chemistry/physics and mathematics educator, K–12 administrator, and safety compliance officer for more than 48 years. In addition, he has a large number of experiences as an author and editor, with more than 300 published articles and 10 books dealing with laboratory safety. He presently serves as the Director of Environmental Health and Chemical Safety for Glastonbury Public Schools (Glastonbury, CT). He also concurrently serves as Chief Science Safety Compliance Adviser and Chief NSTA Safety Blogger for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Safety Compliance Officer for the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA). Dr. Roy also has a private practice and is the manager/senior safety compliance consultant for National Safety Consultants, LLC.
  • Dr. Tyler Love
  • Dr. Tyler Love is an Assistant Professor of Elementary/Middle Grades STEM Education and Director of the Capital Area Institute for Math and Science (CAIMS) at Penn State University’s Capital Campus in Harrisburg, PA. He currently serves as the editor of the Safety Spotlight articles for ITEEA and is a member of NSTA's Science Safety Advisory Board. Dr. Love received his bachelor’s degree in Technology Education from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and master’s and doctorate degrees in Integrative STEM Education from Virginia Tech. He has published a number of STEM safety studies and teacher resources.

Resources for Work with Title II and Title IV Programs

Posted: May 30, 2019

The Council of State Science Supervisors developed and NSELA endorsed a new resource, "Resources for Work with Federal Title Programs" that we think you may find very useful.

This document was developed to help science leaders understand and access federal funds under two US Department of Education programs. Title II is typically used for professional development and Title IV is for Student Support and Academic Enrichment – both pools being highly useful for improving science education opportunities for teachers, principals and students.

This particular tool provides information for state science supervisors as well as local science education leaders such as district supervisors, lead teachers and school leaders. Planning and working together at the state and local levels may maximize the impact of these funds. 

This effort goes along with the NSELA mission to "advocate" for science and may help you ask questions in your school, district, or state to increase science opportunities.  


"A Safety Minute" by Dr. Ken Roy - NSELA Safety Compliance Officer

Posted: May 30, 2019

NSELA Safety Minute by Dr. Ken Roy – NSELA Safety Compliance Officer - For current safety updates five days a week, follow Dr. Ken on [email protected].

Short-circuit Leads to Fire in MSU’s Chemistry Lab" This fire occurred recently due to a short circuit inside the laboratory.  There was major damage to the lab with the resulting fire.   Lesson to be learned - Science supervisors and teachers need to make sure their lab electrical receptacles are ALL protected by ground-fault circuit interrupter  or  GFCI protected circuits.  It is also critical that the GFI/GFCI units are exercised at least once or more a year to make sure they are operational.  You want to make sure the protection is there when you need it.  Contact your facilities or maintenance department to review this protocol!


NSTA Webinar: Show Me the Money - Grant Funds in ESSA for Science and STEM Now Available!

Posted: May 23, 2019

Description: The federal education law—the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)--includes a flexible block grant (Title IVA, funded at $1.17 billion in FY2019) that provides schools with the opportunity to fund STEM activities for students, technology for schools, and professional learning for teachers.

Join NSTA and National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) for this 90 minute webinar to learn more about the funding available from ESSA for STEM, what district leaders and classroom teachers can do access these funds, and some emerging best practices in STEM (and computer science) that all schools should consider.

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