Ethics – Human Case Study (2010) - Bacteria on the Hands

Mon, 2012-02-27 09:30 -- pwhippey

Description of the Project

I have two students who are placing students' hands into a mixture to see what micro-organisms are left behind. They then have students use hand soap/hand sanitizer and repeat the same test.

Is this project legal?

Advice or Ruling


This project does not break the rules on ingestion projects, and is eligible for the Regional Science Fair and the Canada Wide Science Fair.

Your Project

If your proposed science fair project involves the participation of humans or the use of animals,
  1. Visit the Ethics web page so as to become familiar with the policies.
  2. Fill in the Request for Advice or a Ruling.
  3. Submit it to the Ethics Committee of your Regional Science Fair.


These case studies summarize interesting examples of science fair projects involving humans or animals submitted to the Youth Science Canada National Ethics Committee for review. A brief description of the proposed project is given, along with the ruling given by the Ethics Committee. Some details may have been changed in the descriptions so that the original source cannot be identified. The ethical challenges described have not been changed.