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CLEAPSS Biology
Biology at CLEAPSS –present fascinating, future exciting!

Biology has been developing very rapidly over the last 40 years, and this is increasingly being reflected in the content of biology lessons.

To support these developments CLEAPSS has been working on a range of practicals, guidance and training courses to enable schools to meet the demands of this new curriculum in safe, engaging and innovative ways. We are also on hand to answer any queries you may have regarding Health Safety aspects of biology practical, whether new or old.

Measuring photosynthesis using a mobile phone

Latest news from CLEAPSS..
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.
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Our regular visitors may have noticed that our website was hacked late on Thursday afternoon which resulted in users getting an 'account suspended' page. Unfortunately we have so far been unable to recover the website so we have installed a new home page to replace the legacy site. We are currently working on reinstating some functionality, in particular the technicians job service, so please bear with us.

It seems it's a big bad world out there so please accept our apologies while we repair the damage.

Regards from the CLEAPSS IT team.
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.
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

Biology Resources
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This leaflet is intended to give brief details only of the major manufacturers and suppliers of electronic balances suitable for use in science within secondary schools and colleges.

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Briefly lists all CLEAPSS documents relevant to school microbiology.

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Outlines how to prepare for pouring, pouring and storing agar plates, and making slopes.

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Outlines the work that science technicians do, the tasks which they should not, ideally, be given, and provides a pointer to the number of technicians needed in a department and to management issues w.. more

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This includes all the pictograms required by the Globally Harmonised System for chemical hazard labelling. A selection of large (A4) and small sized pictures for printing and use in schools

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A straightforward practical activity investigating how antimicrobial chemicals affect microbial growth on agar plates.

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Straightforward advice on how to make sure your practical lessons work as you intend. Includes planning and preparing the activity, managing students, timing and equipment, and clearing away. Also inc.. more

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This video shows the correct way to sterilise an inoculation loop by flaming.

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This is a customisable letter for schools to send to parents to request permission in advance of students taking a small sample of their own blood.

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This video demonstrates how to inoculate a nutrient agar plate using a cotton wool spreader.

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