ABSTRACT The work was carried out to find out the
extent the teachers and students are aware of safety practices and device while
working in the biology laboratories during practical sessions. The research
questions were answered and the significant of the work was outlined. The
methodology was thoroughly explained; sets of questionnaires were used for
teachers and students, followed with interviewed. These methods were used as a
means of data collection. Ten (10) secondary schools were selected randomly for
the work. A total of twenty-three (23) biology teachers and one hundred (100) students were used. The data collected were
analyzed, which revealed that 71%of the students and 73% of the
teachers have good knowledge of safety practices in biology laboratories.
Majority of the biology teachers in the selected secondary schools are Bsc Ed
holders, with the number constitutes 65% with (5 - 10) years working
experiences. Majority of the selected biology laboratories have inadequate
first aid kits. The only available items were cotton wool, bandage, Delton
solution and iodine solution. The finding revealed that teachers and students
in the selected schools have good knowledge of safety practices. However,
majority of the schools lacked safety gadget and inadequate first aid kits.
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