In recent years there has been an increase in concern among college and university faculty regarding both tort liability and their legal responsibilities to students. This concern should be of particular importance to the agricultural faculty - especially those who teach laboratory classes. Many of the routine student activities which occur in agricultural labs pose potential health or injury hazards to the students. Some examples of these are working with toxic chemicals, flammable materials and compounds, operating electrical or mechanical devices as well as machinery, handling and caring for livestock, traveling on field trips, etc. As reported by Connors, (1981), those educational activities involving hazardous components or devices require special emphasis be placed on safety assurances by faculty members.