CLEAPSS Supporting practical science and technology
G271 - Auditing health & safety in a secondary school science department
This guide will help a head of science to ensure that the department is running effectively and safely. It will also be useful to an H&S officer visiting the department on behalf of the employer.There will always be some element of risk when carrying practical work in science. The aim of risk assessment is to reduce that risk to as low as is acceptably possible. An audit of teaching, preparation and store rooms, and the equipment within them, will help identify the nature of hazards, and risks which result from using equipment and rooms. The audit will help pinpoint where action is needed to reduce the risk and it follows that the outcomes of any audit cannot be ignored.
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