March 04, 2013

“A life line”

Linda Stroud, Ph.D.  
President of Science & Safety Consulting Service, Fayetteville, NC
-- Nominated by James Kaufman, Laboratory Safety Institute for her Excel chemical inventory spreadsheet, the Science Laboratory Safety Manual and a great eye protection poster.

Linda was a chemistry and biology teacher when she was misdiagnosed with MS, causing her to retire. After retirement, she started getting better. A blood test revealed she actually had heavy metal poisoning. Her desk has been in the 1929 building’s poorly ventilated chemical area for 17 years.  With chelation therapy, she recovered and began a new career dedicated to science safety.

Today she is recognized as a leading expert for training chemical hygiene officers, teachers and other school personnel for K-12 schools, community colleges and universities on science safety and hazard communication.

Linda presents at national and state education and scientific organization meetings. She was a member of the North Carolina Education Standards and Accountability Commission that established standards and accountability criteria for public schools. She is Past President of North Carolina Science Teachers Association (NCSTA) and NCSTA’s  Education Policy Legislative Liaison and Safety Advisor.

Linda chaired the National Science Teacher’s Association Science Safety Committee and is active in the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Health & Safety (DCHAS).

(Read more about Linda’s accomplishments, publications, credentials and professional memberships at


“If I had to provide science safety help to a school or if there were a science safety emergency, I would call Linda right away and feel confident that she could take care of the problem.”  -- Manley Midgett, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction   Read more...

She has the knack for communicating the importance of the safety message in a way that the audience – whether a high school lab class or a school board or a legislative committee – “gets it.”  -- John White, Fayetteville, North Carolina  Read more...

We are most grateful for Linda’s generosity of time and her extraordinary effort helping with assessments and training. -- Henry Smith, CSRM, Risk Manager, Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville, North Carolina

In her own words:

School safety is more than guns, knives and intruders. Many areas in our schools pose potential safety issues for staff and students. The safety program must be customized and comprehensive for each school and school system to provide a safe and healthy learning/working environment for all stakeholders.  (Linda Stroud,

If schools properly train staff and through them students, and implement and adhere to appropriate laboratory safety protocols, the laboratory experience can be both safe and rewarding. “ Implementation of a science laboratory safety program in North Carolina schools,” By Linda M. Stroud, Clara Stallings, Todd J. Korbusieski, Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, May/June 2007.

Effective laboratory safety is not possible without the continued education and commitment of all stakeholders involved in learning and experimentation in the scientific environment. The ability of students to solve problems using science inquiry is a vital step in the intellectual development of future educators, medical and science professionals and citizens in general. There is significantly more involved in ensuring science safety than merely presenting a set of rules and regulations to the class. Motivation, dedication and understanding of the “whys of safety” are essential in the development of a safe and effective school laboratory program.  -- Do You Know the Law? The Science Reflector, NCSTA Newsletter, by Linda M. Stroud, Ph.D.