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ACTIVITY in Physical Properties, Lab Safety, Chemical Properties. Last updated October 22, 2021.


In this activity, students will learn about safety, a core value of chemistry, through watching related videos produced by the American Chemical Society. Students will complete guided notes and questions during the activity. This chemical safety video series includes five videos: Safety Mindset, Safety Data Sheets, How to Dress for the Lab, and PPE, Preparing for Emergencies, and RAMP (Recognize hazards, Assess risks, Minimize risks, Prepare for emergencies).

Grade Level

Middle and High School


By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • Explain that safety is essential to everything they do in the lab.
  • Properly read a Safety Data Sheet and understand what information can be found on it.
  • Dress properly for the lab, demonstrating awareness of what clothing is unacceptable in the lab.
  • Understand the purpose of PPE.
  • Respond appropriately in the event of an emergency, including a chemical spill, or a splash and a fire.
  • Differentiate between a hazard and a risk.
  • Recognize potential hazards in a laboratory.
  • Apply the RAMP tool to a given scenario.

Chemistry Topics

This activity supports students’ understanding of:

  • Lab Safety
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Risk/Hazard Assessment
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • Chemical Properties
  • Physical Properties


Teacher Preparation: 15-20 minutes
Lesson: ~45 minutes

  • Video 1 (4:14 running time)
  • Video 2 (6:51 running time)
  • Video 3 (6:42 running time)
  • Video 4 (7:14 running time)
  • Video 5 (7:30 running time)



  • No specific safety precautions need to be observed for these activities.

Teacher Notes

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