Biosafety in the Elementary, Intermediate, and Secondary School Classroom


This guideline describes general recommendations for science experiments in elementary, intermediate, or secondary school classrooms. The guideline is designed to promote best biosafety practices in the classroom and awareness of the risks associated with working with microbes. This guideline is meant to help schoolteachers, school support personnel (e.g., demonstrators, teaching assistants, student teachers), and parents mitigate the risks of exposure to microbes when planning or performing science experiments. The information presented in this guideline can help keep students, teachers, personnel, and the community safe.

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