CLEAPSS Supporting practical science and technology
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What is CLEAPSS
CLEAPSS resources give teachers ideas for exciting and engaging practical activities that fire pupils' imaginations and then, unlike many other sources of ideas, go on to show teachers and technicians in detail how to translate the ideas into safe and exciting experiences in the classroom.
CLEAPSS advice and documentation is recognised by the Health and Safety Executive and the Department for Education.. (read more)
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Issues with benches in Science labs
CLEAPSS is becoming increasingly aware of issues with benches in Science labs. The issue is with excessive movement of benches which contain gas pipes. 

We are concerned that where benches move a lot, the gas pipes may become damaged which could lead to a gas leak.

An example of such excessive movement can be seen on this video.

CLEAPSS recommends that staff check all benches in their labs, if you do find excessive movement please refer to CLEAPSS Guide GL238 (Point 2) for what to do next.
Student Safety Sheets - 2018 CLP Edition
The 2018 CLP Edition of Student Safety Sheets are now live on our website. 

They have been fully reviewed and revised taking into account changes due to CLP and feedback on the use of the sheets in schools.

Find all the sheets here and the teachers guide here.
Hot weather - check your chemicals
As temperatures rise, remember to keep an eye on your chemicals and respond appropriately if you notice any problems. See GL246, GL247 and GL252 for advice on doing this safely. 

However, further to our recent Bulletin article, some schools have asked us about bottles of chemicals from different suppliers. Some of these are fine – they may be a different type of plastic which is more durable with whichever chemical they contain. If in doubt, contact your supplier or the CLEAPSS Helpline.
HSE Radioactive Sources Registration
Since 6 February this year, employers who have employees using radioactive sources must notify, register or obtain consent from the HSE before working with the sources. 

This includes schools. Some school employers don't realise that the small teaching sources used in school science fall into the registration category. If you are not sure if your employer has registered the use of your sources, it would be sensible to check. Our advice is that the employer should get the registration undertaken promptly, even if late. 

The HSE have indicated that they are not minded to take action on late registrations at the moment. We have produced a guide, GL258, which takes you through the registration process. 
We advise employers use this guide because some of the registration questions are not straightforward. 
CLEAPSS on Tour
CLEAPSS is set to appear at many different and varied conferences this summer, hopefully we will see some of you at these events.

ASE Technicians Conferences
Hatfield - 14th June
London (IOE) - 18th May
York (national conference) - 5th & 6th July

Avon Science Techs Conference - 13th July
Birmingham Techs Conference - 15th June
Clement Danes Conference - 29th June
Leicester Techs Conference - 22nd June
NE/NWSCS Techs Conference Bolton - 23rd May
SLS Lab Show & Conference - 23rd May


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GL120 - About Hazcards  (14 Jun 2018)
Describes the structure of the CLP Hazcards, and amplifies and explains the safety information which is included on them.

GL256 Make-it-guide A simple cloud chamber  (12 Jun 2018)
An easy to construct cloud chamber, simpler than the version described previously in GL186

PS046b Radiation protection in school science. Guidance for independent schools and colleges (including foundation and voluntary-aided schools & academies).  (12 Jun 2018)
Legislative requirements of independent school employers for schools holding radioactive sources and materials. Describes the importance of a radiation protection adviser and how to secure the service.. more

SSS091b - Hazards symbols and other safety signs.  (12 Jun 2018)
Symbols and signs which conform to the Globally Harmonised System (GHS; in use world-wide) regulations on labelling of packaged chemicals. All new chemicals of any sort will display one or more of the.. more

DLSSS - Customisable Student Safety Sheets - Comple Set  (12 Jun 2018)
A Word version of Student Safety Sheets. These are provided for teachers to modify and alter for their pupils needs.Please do NOT print from this Word version as the page margins are unlikely to mat.. more