CLEAPSS Supporting practical science and technology
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..
Changes to the ionising radiation regulations - Latest Update - 09/01/184 Jan 2018
The regulations controlling the use of radioactive materials are changing in January 2018. 

This change will affect education employers. The radioactive sources typically used in school-science fall into the 'medium risk band' and consequently education employers with these sources will be required to register with the health and safety regulator (HSENI for NI, HSE for the rest of the UK). 

The notification from the current regulations cannot be carried over - a new registration is required.

Please note this is a new system and as such it is a changing situation. Please check back regularly for updates about how to register.

We have created a how to register guide, which you can access here.

Now with added information for schools in Northern Ireland.

To find out if you are in a high Radon area, please use this map.

Latest update : 9th Jan 12:00
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.
Salters’ National Awards For Science Technicians 20189 Jan 2018
Calling all technicians! Don’t miss out in gaining recognition for the important work that you do.

Click here for details on how to apply for a £1000 Salters’ Technician Award. Closing date for applications is Friday 4th May 2018.
The Salters’ Institute Annual Awards Ceremony21 Dec 2017
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 8 December 2017. Around 180 guests attended the Awards Ceremony and lunch reception.

We were very pleased to welcome The Rt Hon The Lord Willetts, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation and Honorary Freeman of the Salters’ Company who delivered a keynote address and presented the Awards at the Ceremony.
Awards were presented for the Salters’ Centenary Awards, Salters’ Graduate Awards, Salters’ National Awards for Science Technicians, Salters’ Technician Network Grants, Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology (SNAB) Prizes, Salters Advanced Chemistry (SAC) Prizes, Salters Horners Advanced Physics (SHAP) Prizes and Salters’ City and Guilds Prizes.

For further information on all the Salters’ Institute activities, visit  http://www.saltersinstitute.co.uk/
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.
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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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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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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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Complete index for the Student Safety Sheets

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