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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..
CLEAPSS Helpline unavailable
Due to unforseen circummstances we have had to close the CLEAPSS office. As such the CLEAPSS Helpline will be unavailalble for the rest of the day (Thursday 23rd May).

If you need to make contact urgently then please call the CLEAPSS emergency helpline on 07707 543647.
New Physics Courses
As noted in Bulletin 165 – please see the links below for more information about our Arduino and Practical Radioactivity courses running at CLEAPSS HQ this Summer term. 


Spam Emails
CLEAPSS have been made aware of spam purportedly coming from CLEAPSS accounts with links and / or attachments to invoices. All CLEAPSS emails are all digitally signed and any spoofed / spam emails should be rejected as fake by your mail server if it has been configured correctly, however many aren't!!

In light of this, please make sure you check that the email is from a genuine before following any links or opening attachments.

Signs of fake emails:
  • you weren't expecting the email / invoice.
  • the from email address does not match the from name.
  • phone numbers in the footer are not the CLEAPSS number ( 01895 251496 )
  • check by hovering over a link, CLEAPSS only uses WorldPay for online payments.
  • the English or grammar is poor, or amounts requested are in dollars.
If in any doubt about the authenticity of any CLEAPSS email then please contact us BEFORE opening any attachments or following any links.
CLEAPSS at ASE Conference 2019
Once again CLEAPSS had a large presence at the 2019 ASE Conference in Birmingham.

Find all the resources from our workshops and talks here.


New Edition of CLEAPSS Guide L093 - Radioactives in Schools
We have issued a new edition of L093. See Guide GL114 for a list of the changes and what you need to do. 

The main reason for the new edition was the change in the Ionising Radiations Regulations which we explained in our termly bulletins and web site earlier this year.  

If your school holds the typical radioactive sources for teaching, your employer must register the work with the Health and Safety Executive. (See guide GL258.)

However, we have also been reviewing ageing sources that schools have acquired in the past. There is convincing evidence that using Becquerel plates and radium-painted timepieces of this age can no longer be justified. 

The condition has degraded to such an extent that they can no longer be regarded as safe to use. These need to be disposed of L93 gives details of disposal. 
Technicians Resources
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Provides an overview and full index of all Laboratory Handbook sections.

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This edition includes notes on blood and cheek cell sampling, inappropriate dumping of waste chemicals, and the role and value of the CE mark on equipment.

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Risk assessment guidance for carbon disulfide.

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Risk assessment guidance for Salicylic acid, aspirin & similar esters

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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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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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Important health and safety information for using a range of human body fluids and tissues in practical work.

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