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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..
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.
Attention schools with chickens16 Dec 2016
The Government’s chief vet has  introduced a prevention zone for  poultry and captive birds to  help protect them from a strain of avian flu circulating in mainland Europe. 

Full details can be found here :-

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 www.saltersinstitute.co.uk 
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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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