Safety in the Classroom
Safe practices help to ensure the welfare of students and teachers and can help prevent damage to equipment and facilities. Teachers model and discuss safety procedures and regulations. While each fine arts discipline has unique hazards, there are some precautions that all fine arts educators can take to maintain a safe environment.
The following recommendations for fine arts teachers encompass ways to keep the classroom free of accidents and injuries:
- Establish safety procedures and make sure that students understand and observe them.
- Use school-established emergency procedures, such as evacuation plans for classrooms and other school environments, and make it clear to students what to do in case of an emergency.
- Inspect materials, equipment, and facilities regularly and discontinue the use of defective or unsafe equipment.
- Use posters and bulleting boards to emphasize potential dangers and safety procedures.
- Supervise students who are using equipment that can be hazardous.
- Demonstrate and model safe behavior.
- Have access to a telephone during and outside of school hours. Post legible, accurate emergency numbers and procedures.
Administrators also have responsibilities in ensuring student safety. The following recommendations for school administrators include ways to support a safe fine arts classroom environment:
- Schedule regular inspection and maintenance of equipment and facilities.
- Encourage and enable teachers to participate in safety professional, including college and university training and activities of professional organizations.
- Provide teachers with current information on accident liability and insurance.
- Install a direct outside telephone line, and post a list of emergency numbers.
- Ensure that access to exits are unobstructed at all times.
- Ensure that students know safety guidelines.
- Maintain fully stocked first-aid kits and working fire extinguishers.