Chemistry Lab Safety Assignment

Response to Violations of the Student Laboratory Code of Conduct

1st Offense
Verbal reprimand from the teacher, with a written record of the violation maintained. The teacher will review the rule with the student. If this is a serious violation, which may have caused harm to human health or the environment, the parents or guardians will also be notified.

2nd Offense
The student will be suspended from laboratory work immediately and sent to the appropriate grade-level administrative office, with a disciplinary referral from the teacher. A written notification about the consequences for the student will also be sent to the parents or guardians. The student will not be permitted to return to laboratory work for one week, with alternative work assignment(s) to be provided in a supervised setting as determined by the building administration.

3rd Offense
The student will be suspended from laboratory work immediately and sent to the appropriate grade-level administrative office, with a disciplinary referral from the teacher. Written notification will also be sent to the parents or guardians, and a mandatory conference will be scheduled with the parents or guardians, teacher, and building administrator. Depending on the result of that conference, the student may be suspended from laboratory operations for the remainder of the school year. If this occurs, the student will be assigned alternative work assignment(s) to be provided in a supervised setting as determined by the building administration. In addition, the student may be required to schedule an alternative laboratory science course to satisfy any state graduation requirements.

Background

In 2015, the Laboratory Chemical and Waste Management Task Force was reformed and renamed the Safety Advisory Panel (SAP). A primary focus of the former Task Force since its inception in 1981 was laboratory waste management and associated regulations. The SAP's mission has been expanded to include special projects associated with laboratory safety, such as the development and implementation of chemical safety levels (CSLs) and chemical information systems.

SAP meets once a year to respond to CCS requests for assistance, to identify emerging issues, and to establish project plans that support ACS in responding to those issues. The panel:

  • Identifies methods for ACS to address emerging and complex chemical safety and regulatory issues;
  • Provides expert guidance for reports and responses to environmental, health, and safety questions;
  • Works in partnership with other ACS parties in preparing draft ACS responses to EHS regulatory concerns that arise.

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