Chemistry – Let's make it happen!
CLEAPSS provides guidance for teachers, technicians, science advisers and H&S officers on all aspects of practical work. We know that chemistry experiments can cause problems and activities may not 'work' as expected, or provide the effective learning opportunity that’s required. Sometimes, health and safety concerns are raised about the chemicals involved.
CLEAPSS works with suppliers and others to ensure that suitable chemicals and equipment are used in schools and we can also suggest ideas and innovative methods that might help you enhance practical chemistry in your school.
So, if you’re stuck, or need a bit of advice, get in touch by e-mail or 'phone and we'll do our best to help!
Latest news from CLEAPSS..
Check your 2,4-DNP2 Nov 2016
Schools who hold stocks of 2,4-DNP (2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine, technically called 2,4-DNPH
) are reminded to check the storage arrangements for this chemical are as per Hazcard 30
If it has been stored as advised, or is unopened as supplied (as it contains water for supply) there is no cause for concern.
there is no water in the outer container or the reagent bottle has not
been placed inside an additional container you must assume that the
material has dried out
meaning that an additional risk is present.
open the reagent bottle.
Please do not call the police.
Instead please call the CLEAPSS Helpline for further advice.
To view the DfE/EFA statement about 2,4-DNP click here
Laser Cutting Equipment12 Jan 2017
It has been brought to our attention that there are a number of pieces of laser cutting and engraving equipment available online that do not comply with national guidance and/or regulations.
In these machines the laser is not enclosed creating an increased risk of burning or eye damage.
CLEAPSS Model Risk Assessment 1.032 Laser
Cutters states that the laser beam should be totally enclosed and an interlock provided to prevent operation unless the laser is enclosed. This is necessary to make the system into a Class 1 device, which is then suitable for use in schools.
If you have purchased a machine where the laser is not enclosed you should stop using it immediately.
For further advice and guidance please contact CLEAPSS.
Thefts from chemical stores in schools in the Kent area4 Jan 2017
has become aware of a series of break-ins to chemical stores in schools
in Kent. In each case the thieves have targeted very specific
chemicals. If your school
is in Kent and you have suffered a similar break in recently we would
ask you to let us know what was stolen as this will help us assist the
police in determining the likely reason behind the thefts. These events
serve to remind us all of the importance of
storing our chemicals securely. Remembering to routinely lock storage
cupboards, chemical stores and prep-rooms can go a long way in ensuring
that chemicals do not fall into the wrong hands.
The Salters’ Institute Annual Awards Ceremony13 Dec 2016
This prestigious annual event held at Salters’ Hall celebrates high levels of excellence within the science education sector.
This year the Ceremony took place on Friday 9 December 2016.
Over 180 guests attended the Prizegiving Ceremony and lunch reception.
We were very pleased to welcome Dr Annette Doherty, Senior Vice President Product Development and Supply at GlaxoSmithKline who delivered a keynote address and presented the Awards at the Ceremony.
The Winners of the Salters’ National Awards for Science Technicians 2016 were:
Longbenton High School, Newcastle Upon Tyne (Winner)
Blenheim High School, Epsom (Runner-Up)
St. Aldhelm’s Academy, Parkstone, Poole (Runner-Up)
St. Paul’s Way Trust, London (Runner-Up)
Turriff Academy, Aberdeenshire (Runner-Up)
New for 2016, these Awards were run in collaboration with both CLEAPSS and SSERC.
All the CLP Hazcards have now been uploaded to the website. There is also a 'All in one' file which is ideal for printing from.
Please note that the index (GL121), will be published shortly.
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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.
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
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
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
Brief risk assessment guidance and experimental notes for a range of practical activities involving monobasic organic acids and their salts (Hazcards 38A, 38B, 38C, 38D).
guide is intended for those using, buying, or designing fume cupboards for
schools and colleges. Information is provided on common problems, on choosing
and installing appropriate cupboards an.. more
Brief risk assessment guidance and experimental notes for a range of practical activities involving sulfuric(VI) acid (Hazcard 98A), sulfamic acid and sulfate(VI) salts (Hazcard 98B).
Contains a wealth of information on the various ways of measuring pH, and the advantage and disadvantage os each. Includes all sorts of background theory which will help the reader make the most appro.. more
How to safely insert glass tubing through a rubber stopper
This resource installs macros to automatically insert the new CLP hazard symbols in to Microsoft Word documents and replaces the hazard symbol component of the CLEAPSS font.
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