Author : Iheanyi O. Igwe (P.hD, Mstan, Mcon & Fcai)

This study investigated the extent of safety measures in chemistry laboratories in secondary schools in Nigeria. The study adopted a descriptive design, which sought to find out the characteristics of the items of the population from a representative sample. A cluster sampling technique was used whereby a total of one hundred and thirty (130) chemistry teachers who attended Science Teachers Association Chemistry Panel workshop in 2013 formed the population as well as the sample for the study since the number is not large. A structured questionnaire was used to collect data. The reliability coefficient of the instrument through Cronbach Alpha Approach was 0.82, which showed high internal consistency and suitability for use. Four research questions were formulated to guide the study. Mean and standard deviation were used to answer the research questions. The results showed that appropriateness of design, arrangement of laboratory materials, availability of safety devices/materials and display of safety rules and regulations were to a great extent, as measures of safety in chemistry laboratories. Based on the implications of the findings of the study, recommendations were made among which was that awareness on these measures of safety be greatly made so that safety generally in the laboratories would be to a very great extent

Affiliation : Department of Science Education, Faculty of Education, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria.
Keywords : Chemistry, Cluster sampling, Consistency,Safety measures, Laboratories
Date : Monday ,01 ,June ,2015

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