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School Science Laboratories: A Guide to Some Hazardous Substances.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C., 1984:60 pages
This guide to hazardous substances is a supplement to the NIOSH Manual of Safety and Health Hazards in the School Science Laboratory. Chemicals listed in this publication include explosives, carcinogens, mutagens, and highly toxic or corrosive or irritant chemicals. The listing is intended to identify certain potentially hazardous substances that may exist in school laboratories and encourage proper storage, handling or removal of the material from the students' environment. Safety recommendations are offered including proper work habits, safety equipment to wear, safety equipment to have on hand, purchasing of various substances, disposal of hazardous wastes, various less hazardous chemicals which can be substituted for the more hazardous ones, provisions for emergency phone numbers, recommendations for inspections of stored chemicals, specific storage requirements, and hazards which may be present during storage of various materials. According to this guide, the decision to use certain substances in the school laboratory should be based on the best available knowledge of the hazards of each chemical and the availability of proper handling facilities. Substitutions of chemicals or experiments may be made to reduce hazards without sacrificing instructional objectives.
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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C., 60 pages, 35 references
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