I’m not religious, but God bless high school lab technicians.
I can’t count the number of times that Dave (our high school’s technician), exasperated and exhausted, despaired at the lack of common sense some of our teachers had.
Heck, our physics teacher once almost exposed a classroom of Year 7s (11 years old!) to chlorine gas.
He forgot to turn on the extractor fans, leaving poor old Dave to rush in, turn them on, and then promptly evacuate everyone from the room.
Corroding the lungs of your students is, after all, not best practice.
This is why it’s important to have set lab procedures in place. Following these documented processes is the best way to prevent disaster.
When 25-38% of lab personnel have been in an accident that wasn’t even reported (as demonstrated by Dana Ménard and John Trant), you can see the dangers that are easily taken for granted in a lab environment.
If you just want to get the checklist for yourself, you can check it out below.
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- What are lab procedures?
- Why lab procedures are important
- Common lab procedure touchpoints
- Get started with our Lab SOP template
- Document and track your procedures with Process Street
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