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Safety Questions

In these questions "the display", or "on display", or "at the display" refers to the entire project area. That includes the area on the table, under the table, the backboard itself, behind the backboard, etc.

IMPORTANT: YOUR PROJECT COULD BE DISQUALIFIED if you bring prohibited or unsafe items to the exhibit hall. This page is meant to help you determine what the potential safety issues for your project may be, so you can safely display your project in a public space with potentially hundreds of people around the exhibit hall. Your project must pass a safety inspection at the fair before it is allowed to be judged. The questions on this page are the same requirements that the safety-checkers will use for the safety inspection. If you check all the boxes on this page (thus agreeing that your project meets the safety requirements), then show up at the fair with an item that is not permitted (e.g., plants, food items for your display, or liquids other than water) your project could be disqualified.

  • Materials
  • Does this project involve any potentially hazardous biological agents?
    • Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents include micro-organisms, rDNA, fresh/frozen tissue, blood and body fluids, toxins.
  • Does this project involve hazardous chemicals, explosives, firearms, or other hazardous materials or activities?
    • Many common chemicals used at home are considered hazardous (i.e., poisonous or dangerous, etc) - look for warning labels.
  • Will any materials or apparatus used in this project be on display at the fair?
    • In other words, will the display have anything at it other than a backboard, logbook, and laptop?
    • Remember, "on display" also includes items under the table
  • Will any electrical or electricity-producing device, other than a laptop computer, be at the display?
    • e.g., plug-in devices, battery-operated devices, hand-generators, circuit boards
  • Does this project use animals or animal parts?
    • e.g., live animals, micro-organisms, snake skin, feathers, bones, hair samples
  • Does this project use any liquids, non-hazardous chemicals, or materials subject to decomposition (including all food)?
    • e.g., pop, rubbing alcohol, toothpaste, cheese, candy, laundry detergent, dish soap, fruits, vegetables
  • Facilities
  • Will your project be conducted at or assisted by a Research Institution such as a Hospital, University, College, or Commercial Laboratory?
  • Project Display
  • The display will not contain photos of anyone other than myself (and my partner).
    • Images from a publicly available source are permitted if the source is credited.
    • Images of survey or test subjects are not permitted under any circumstances (unless the subject is yourself or your partner).
  • The display will not contain photos depicting violence or death of humans or animals.
  • The backboard is free-standing and structurally sound.
  • Project Display -- Hazardous Biological Agent Safety
  • The display has no cell, tissue, or blood samples.
    • Samples on sealed microscope slides are permitted
  • The display has no plants or plant tissues.
    • Use photographs or plastic plants as display substitutes
  • The display has no soil containing organic material.
    • e.g., Topsoil is not permitted, but sand is usually permitted.
  • The display has no active or dead cultures, including petri dishes or culture plates with media.
    • A photo in a petri dish is a good substitute
  • The display has no spores or pollen e.g., in a ziploc bag.
    • A photo is a good substitute
  • Project Display -- Firearms, Explosives, and Hazardous Materials Safety
  • The display has no firearms, ammunition, dangerous goods, or explsovies.
  • The display has no flammable, toxic, or dangerous chemicals.
    • e.g., gasoline, kerosene, alcohol, cleaning supplies
    • Water and food colouring MUST be used as a substitute for any liquid.
    • Even better, leave all liquids at home. Our judges will not penalize any project for not having materials on-hand.
  • The display has less than 1L of water at the display.
    • Water and food colouring MUST be used as a substitute for any and all liquids.
    • You can note the substitution by marking it with a "Simulated X" label
  • The display has no prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications.
  • Project Display -- Structural, Mechanical, and Fire Safety
  • All fast, large, or dangerous moving parts at the display are fitted with a guard.
    • e.g., belts, gears, pulleys, blades
  • All motors at the display have a safety shut-off.
  • The display will not have any pressurized vessels or gas cylinders.
  • All apparatus fits within the project display or under the table.
  • All sharp objects are in a protective case.
    • e.g., corners of prisms, mirrors, glass, metal plates
  • My display doesn't have any open flames or heating devices.
    • Examples: candles, lighters, torches, hot plates.
  • Project Display -- Electrical Safety
  • All electrical equipment has 3-prong plugs and is CSA approved.
  • There are no wet cell batteries.
    • Dry cell batteries are permitted, e.g., alkalines, NiCd, lithium-ion
  • Any electronic components created or modified for the project conform to the following:
    • They use low voltage and current
    • They are in a non-combustable enclosure
    • An insulating grommet is used where wires enter the enclosure
    • A pilot light is present to indicate when the power is on.
  • Project Display -- Animals and Animal Safety
  • The display has no living or dead animals or micro-organisms
  • The display has no animal products subject to decomposition.
    • Items shed naturally by an animal are permitted: safely contained quills, shed snake skin, feathers, hair samples
    • Items properly prepared and preserved are permitted: tanned pelts and hides, antlers, skeletons or skeletal parts
  • Project Display -- Liquids, Food, and other Chemicals
  • No liquids other than water (and food colouring) are at the display.
    • Water and food colouring MUST be used as a substitute for any and all liquids.
    • You can note the substitution by marking it with a "Simulated X" label
    • Even better, leave all liquids at home. Our judges will not penalize any project for not having materials on-hand.
  • Less than one litre of water is at the display.
  • No food items or items subject to decomposition are at the display.
    • Empty food packages are permitted.
  • No gels or other chemicals are at the display.
    • e.g., dish soap, toothpaste