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CLEAPSS Technicians
CLEAPSS Supporting technicians

Technicians play a vital role in supporting the teaching of exciting, effective science safely. CLEAPSS provides guidance on all aspects of being a technician and resources such as stock lists, templates for laboratory checklists, requisition sheets, labels and much more to help technicians in their jobs. CLEAPSS actively works with other organisations to raise the status of technicians in schools.

We also post details of technician networks and job vacancies.

If you need help or advice or would like to share a technician tip please get in touch by email or phone.

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Latest news from CLEAPSS..
Issues with benches in Science labs3 May 2018
CLEAPSS is becoming increasingly aware of issues with benches in Science labs. The issue is with excessive movement of benches which contain gas pipes. 

We are concerned that where benches move a lot, the gas pipes may become damaged which could lead to a gas leak.

An example of such excessive movement can be seen on this video.

CLEAPSS recommends that staff check all benches in their labs, if you do find excessive movement please refer to CLEAPSS Guide GL238 (Point 2) for what to do next.
HSE Radioactive Sources Registration16 May 2018
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 Tour16 May 2018
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 July
Clement Danes Conference - 29th June
Leicester Techs Conference - 22nd June
NE/NWSCS Techs Conference Bolton - 23rd May
SLS Lab Show & Conference - 23rd May

From the 5th-9th of March 2018, hundreds of schools across the UK took part in #TECHOGNITION week to celebrate the work of school science technicians.

The aim is to publicly showcase the incredible work that school science technicians do on a daily basis and show that technicians are an essential and highly skilled workforce that play an important role in the running of any successful school science department.For more info see here.
Use of Human Bodily Fluids in Standard School Science Experiments in Northern Ireland17 Jan 2018
The use of human bodily fluids is now allowed in standard science experiments in Northern Ireland schools. CLEAPSS guidance has been updated to reflect the change.
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Includes model codes of practice for science in primary and secondary schools. Explains the value of an employer's code of practice and what it might include.

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Legislative requirements of independent school employers for schools holding radioactive sources and materials. Describes the importance of a radiation protection adviser and how to secure the service.. more

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Using sulphuric acid safely in practical work

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This video demonstrates how to safely carry out the 'classic' iron sulfur reaction and in addition provides an additional set of test to show that iron sulfide if formed.

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The monkey and hunter experiment is a useful demonstration of projectile motion, specifically the independence of horizontal and vertical velocities. It is typically demonstrated at AS Level, but .. more

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Explains the requirements for eye protection in school science, the different types available and when each might be suitable. Goes on to identify what to look for when purchasing eye protection.

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Guidance on the preparation of aqueous solutions of chlorine. Three different methods are described.

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This edition includes notes on the Getting Practical project, chemical hazard labelling; the Hazardous Waste regulations, latex allergy, silicon tetrachloride, model steam engines, bulls eyes for diss.. more

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Although published some time ago, this guide offers lots of practical information about how to teach aspects of the Earth in Space. Includes the position of the Sun, day and night, months and years, r.. more

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How to bend 6mm glass tubing

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