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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..
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. 

However if 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.

Do NOT 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
CLEAPSS 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
Salters Technician Award Winners 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.

For further information on all the Salters’ Institute activities, please visit 
CLP Hazcards12 Oct 2016
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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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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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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Everything for the beginner, including buying, setting up, and using a camera in all sorts of laboratory situations, with practical examples.

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