An important aspect of the science lab is safety. The chemicals we use in our labs can cause harm if not used properly. Students need to know that each chemical we have in our supply closets is accompanied by an information sheet that explains how it can be safely used and disposed. The MSDS is an important part of doing labs safely.
This download, which includes three activities, introduces students to the MSDS, provides an opportunity for review, and asks students to interpret the NFPA codes.
A student handout explains the necessity and requirements of the MSDS, and includes 2 pages of questions where students must use an MSDS to find the answers. The teacher provides any MSDS of their choice.
A second activity, matching, can be done with a partner or in small groups. Students match descriptions and data with the proper MSDS section heading. This gives students a chance to review and work cooperatively in order to learn about this important part of chemistry.
NFPA - National Fire Protection Agency has categorized chemical hazards and designed a 4-color coded chart. An interpretive page of the NFPA codes is provided. A handout asks students to interpret the codes from three different NFPA signs.
Great for students to keep in their notebooks for future reference.
Answer keys to the matching activity and the NFPA activity sheet are provided.
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