Safety and Ethics
Safety and ethics are the responsibility of every experimenter. The following information is designed to guide student researchers in setting up a safe and ethical environment for research.
|The Annapolis Valley Regional Science
Fair (AVRSF) commitment:
- establish the use of standards for the safe handling of chemicals and/ or biologically active materials.
- establish the practice of standards for the humane handling of animals and ethical use of human subjects in experimentation.
The AVRSF has approved guidelines for projects eligible for entry at the regional level of competition:
The following represent safety, ethics , and display compliance checklists.
|Safety and Ethics QUICK CHECK|
¯Important Updates about Ingestion Projects Below¯
These are download links. Choose, click, the format most compatible with your computer system.
either Claris download "safety", If you get a "corrupted" file message expand the file with "Stuffit Expander" then open the new mac-expanded file. or MS Excel download "safety.XLS" (PC)
either Wordpad download "SAFETY.WPD", or MS Excel download "safety.XLS"
Every student is expected to complete a written Project Proposal , Safety Assessment and have either a Qualified Adult or a Qualified Professional in direct supervision of research before experimental work begins.
It is recognised most projects will not involve any of the following safety and ethics concerns. However, where one of the following safety and ethics concerns apply it is expected that the adult in charge will contact the Safety and Ethics Review Committee (SRC) for advice, assistance and approval before experimentation begins.
To download forms for the following safety hazards follow the link to the YSF policy page.
Nonhuman Vertebrate Animals
Hazardous Substances or Devices
The following represent examples which have been problem areas:
Active biological agents. These cannot be displayed. This includes compost, bacteria cultures, animal tissue samples or body parts.
Humans cannot be used in experimentation even in surveys or other non invasive procedures like exercise without following the guidelines of informed consent and other ethical procedures.
Help with these procedures is outlined in the SFIden Safety and Ethics Module. All scientific research must be conducted while the safety and rights of those involved are being carefully protected. There are always human consequences (benefits and costs) to the development of scientific knowledge.
If any of the safety and ethics concerns listed above apply to your project it is necessary to get the support needed to carry out the research safely and ethically.
If there are any questions please contact Christine Popowich.