Following the procedures described in
each investigation will make for a very
safe experience with life sciences in the
classroom. You should also review your
district safety guidelines and make sure that
everything you do is consistent with those
Look for the safety-note icon in the Getting
Ready section, which will alert you to safety
concerns throughout the module.
Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for
materials used in the FOSS program can
be found on the Delta Education website. http://www.delta-education.com/msds.shtml. If you have questions regarding any
MSDS, call Delta Education toll free at
800-258-1302 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6
General classroom safety rules to share with
1. Listen carefully to all instructions. Follow all directions. Ask questions if you don’t know what to do.
2. Tell your teacher if you have any allergies.
3. Never put any materials in your mouth. Do not taste anything unless your teacher tells you to.
4. Never smell any unknown material. If your teacher asks you to smell a material, wave your hand over the material to draw the smell toward your nose.
5. Do not touch your face, mouth, ears,
nose, or eyes while working with
chemicals, plants, or animals.
6. Always protect your eyes. Wear safety goggles when necessary. Tell your
teacher if you wear contact lenses.
7. Always wash your hands with soap and
water after working with chemicals,
plants, or animals.
8. Never mix any chemicals unless your
teacher tells you to do so.
9. Report all spills and accidents to your
10. Treat animals with respect, caution, and
11. Clean up your work space after each
12. Act responsibly during science
These rules are provided for your class on
the FOSS Safety Poster and are in the Science
Resources book for each student.