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Laboratory Resource Manual

The ultimate guide for any chemistry classroom or lab, this comprehensive resource includes invaluable tips, tools, checklists, and information for supporting a safe and robust chemistry program. From materials planning and budgeting, to safety practices, to free activities and demos, you'll find everything you need to carry you through the school year.

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Introduction - Responsibilities and Regulations
Learn all about what makes Ward's Science chemistry materials the best choice for your chemistry lab, and get an overview of what's inside the manual. 
Purchasing Your Chemicals
Suggestions for efficient and cost-effective chemical purchasing.
Ward's Science Chemicals
Learn about our chemical selection, properties, substitutions, and more.
Where to Find Information on the Chemicals You Just Purchased
How to locate and ready Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for your chemicals. 
Chemical Labeling
Learn about labeling requirements and how to read a chemical label. 
Chemical Storage
Safe chemical storage practices, guidelines, and how to use Ward's Color-Coded Cap chemical storage system. 
Laboratory Safety
General lab safety practices, the role of the student and teacher, and a sample chemical hygiene plan. 
Planning Your Learning Space
Information to help you plan and select the right layout, equipment, and materials for your lab. 
Know Your Chemicals
Learn about the hazards, risks, and compatibility of chemicals in your classroom so you can keep your students safe. 
Preparing and Handling Chemicals for Use
How to choose the right PPE and equipment to keep you and your students safe when preparing and handling chemicals. 
Solutions - How to Make Them and Shake Them
How to prepare solutions ans list common solution recipes 
Spill Prevention, Response, and Control
What to do if there's a spill in your lab (and how to prevent one from happening). 
Chemical Disposal
Guidelines for chemical and hazardous waste disposal, disposal options, and common errors and prevention. 
Preparing for Next Year
Using past experience to evaluate the needs of your classroom and prepare for the next year ahead 
Common Problems
Using proactive solutions and communications to address common problems in the lab 
Demonstrations to Get Students' Attention
Engaging lesson plans and lab activities for your chemistry classroom. Available as part of the complete guide. 


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