Safe Science Series

Dr. Ken Roy is the Glastonbury Public Schools Director of Environmental Health & Chemical Safety, NSTA Chief Science Safety Adviser, NSELA Safety Compliance Officer, and a trained authorized OSHA instructor. He is the author of this comprehensive and continuing series dedicated to the improvement of safety in the science classroom.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised its Hazard Communication Standard (29CFR1910.1200) in 2012 in efforts to bring it into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  The 1983 HazCom Standard gave workers the ‘right of know.’  The newly revised HazCom Standard with GHS now gives workers the ‘right to understand.’   The revised standard provides one set of harmonized criteria for classifying chemicals based on health and physical hazards.  It also specifies hazard communication elements for labeling and Safety Data Sheets.



  1. Safety Dozen for Common Lab Problems!
  2. Safer Science - Developing a Culture of Safety Awareness
  3. Sixty Seconds to Safer Science: Bon Voyage & Bonne Chance!
  4. Sixty Seconds to Safer Science: Seriously - We Need To Have A Chemical Hygiene Plan?
  5. Sixty Seconds to Safer Science - Hygiene Resource
  6. Sixty Seconds to Safer Science - Overcrowding
  7. Safe Science: Earth/Space Sciences - Getting in the Safety Zone
  8. Sixty Seconds to Safer Science: Required Annual Fume Hood Testing
  9. Safer Science – Safety Goggles: What is “Clean?”
  10. Safer Science - Waste Not, Want Not
  11. Safer Science - Science Teaching & Liability
  12. Sixty Seconds to Safer Science - Safety Contracts
  13. Sixty Seconds to Safer Science - Grandfathered Labels
  14. Sixty Seconds to Safer Science - Flush Eyewash and Drench Showers
  15. Safe Science: MSDS
  16. Safe Science: Be Protected!
  17. Safe Science: Be Protected – Fielding Safety
  18. Safe Science: Be Protected - First-Responder Safety Update
  19. Safe Science: Prudent Practices and Regulations
  20. Safe Science: Allergens in the Lab
  21. Getting a Grip Safety-Wise!
  22. Global Harmonization: A Critical Role For Science Teachers!
  23. Sun Safety in Science!
  24. The MRSA Panic: More Work To Be Done By Science Education?
  25. Safety in the Hood!
  26. Laser Safety
  27. Science Teacher Safety Training: Mandatory for Employer!
  28. Getting a Charge Out of Doing Science!
  29. Be Protected Having a Blast! Chemicals You Don't Want to Invite to the Party
  30. Be Protected Nothing to Sneeze At!
  31. Be Protected For a Safer Science Experience: Be Prepared!
  32. Mold in the Laboratory: Spores Are Us!
  33. Throwing Down the Gauntlet
  34. Storage Space: Anything but Empty
  35. First Aid: Don't Worry About Using the Tourniquet
  36. Revisiting Bloodborne Pathogens in the Laboratory!
  37. Ionizing Radiation in the Lab - A Glowing Prospect
  38. GHS: Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication
  39. Have You Made the Mark - Facility-Wise?
  40. Targeting Biosafety for High School Level Biotechnology and Microbiology Courses
  41. How Secure is Your Science Laboratory and School?
  42. Latex Glove Allergies
  43. OSHA Laboratory Standard (Addressing Bloodborne Pathogen Hazards in the Laboratory
  44. Wanted: Radon Gas A Dirty Dozen Science Lab Gang Member
  45. Wanted: Electricity - “GFCI” A Member of the Dirty Dozen Science Lab Gang
  46. Safety in Science Labs: the Dirty Dozen!
  47. Wanted: Copper & Lead: Dirty Dozen Science Lab Gang Members
  48. Mercury: Is It More Than A Planet In Our Solar System!
  49. Ventilation: Are Science Labs Really Supposed to Smell?
  50. Emergency Eyewash and Showers: Are They Needed?
  51. For Safety Sake, One Class Size Does Not Fit All!
  52. Hazardous Chemical Removal
  53. Chemical Hygiene Program: Requirements for Record Keeping
  54. OSHA's Laboratory Standard: Requirements for Employee Information and Training
  55. Safety Update: Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  56. Guide to Chemical Standards
  57. OSHA Laboratory Standard