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CLEAPSS Physics
Physics – Let's get it working!

CLEAPSS provides advice for teachers, technicians, science advisers and H&S officers on all aspects of physics practical work - We know that physics experiments can be tricky to set up and get working. If you’re stuck get in touch by e-mail or 'phone and we can help! We also have suggestions for low cost 'make it yourself' equipment – recent examples include, a Planck’s constant LED array and a mobile phone spectrometer/microscope.

CLEAPSS also works with science equipment suppliers to ensure that their products are safe and suited to the physics classroom.
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Latest news from CLEAPSS..
Changes to the ionising radiation regulations17 Nov 2017
The regulations governing the use of radioactive materials are changing from January 2018. For details of how these changes will affect schools and colleges please click here
New Dept of Education Guidance - Safe storage and disposal of chemicals18 Oct 2017
The Department of Education have released new guidance on the safe storage and disposal of hazardous materials and chemicals.

This guidance is for school leaders, staff and governing bodies. 

It explains how to handle and dispose of hazardous substances and materials, and signposts to professional bodies offering further advice.

You can download the guidance here.
Issues with bottles of concentrated nitric acid5 Oct 2017
We have received a number of Helpline queries recently involved plastic bottles containing concentrated nitric acid which appear to be leaking and/or releasing corrosive/toxic fumes. 

We urge all schools to check their stocks of all corrosive chemicals.

To help support schools with this issue, we have created a suite of new guides and resources. 

Guide GL246 explains how to safely check your chemicals. 

Guide E233 helps you manage you stocks of chemicals.

GL247 discusses the issues around the shelf-life of chemicals

Guide GL251 is a step-by-step guide on how to decant nitric acid, and is supported by a video.

Guide GL252 provides guidance on what type of bottle and caps to use to store nitric acid.

Bogus emails from CLEAPSS3 Oct 2017
We have been receiving reports of malicious emails allegedly coming from CLEAPSS. 

These encourage the recipient to follow a link, usually purporting to be to an unpaid invoice. 

Having investigated these, we can confirm that these e-mails are NOT coming from CLEAPSS.

Please check any e-mail that appears to be from CLEAPSS carefully.

It is important not to follow any link or open any attachment.

Click here for further guidance on what to look for.

Recipes and activities – they are still here3 Oct 2017
Two temporary resources contain materials from the latest CHIP editions of Hazcards and the Recipe Book which have not yet been revised in line with CLP and current guidance. If you can’t find the recipe or activity you need, try the following documents. These documents have not been tagged, so will not come up on a search. They are also subject to frequent changes as our guidance is updated. Please read the user notes at the front of these resources and note the need to check for the most up-to-date safety advice.

PX000 - Practical activity notes (interim document)
This temporary resource contains the model risk assessment information and experimental points as they appeared on the reverse sides of the final edition of the CHIP Hazcards.

RB000 - Recipe Book (Contents, Index & CHIP recipes); interim document
This temporary resource includes Recipe Sheets that have not yet been revised and included in the CLP Recipe Book.


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A straightforward investigation using simple equipment which will allow students to confirm Boyle's law.

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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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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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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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A rather technical publication intended predominantly for manufacturers of radioactive sources and school employers.

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Disposal of waste sealed sources by the grout/dustbin route.

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How to solder wire to a solder tag.  The technique demonstrated in the video can also be used to solder wires together and wires to 4mm socket terminals.

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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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Describes disposal routes required by the WEEE Regulations (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regs, 2006).

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