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..
New Log In Details
The new login and password has been sent to members via the printed bulletin.

As part of the move to online membership processing, direct members of CLEAPSS (ie not via a local authority or other brokering organisation) will have been sent a renewal notice by e-mail. We have sent out over 2500 electronic requests and so far almost half of those we have contacted have successfully navigated the online membership renewal process.If the renewal request has been passed to you by someone else and you are not sure what to do next, give us a ring (01895 251496) and ask us to resend the renewal directly to you. That way you can simply click on the link in the e-mail to access the online portal. 

If your school has not renewed its membership by the end of January, membership will lapse and your password will stop working.
CLEAPSS at the ASE Conference 2020
CLEAPSS once again has a large presence at the ASE Conference.

We have a stand (AS10) where you can collect your latest #CLEAPSSMug, please tweet pictures of your mug in use (via @CLEAPSS).

We are running lots of workshops, which you can find exact detail of here

The resources linked to the workshops you can find here.
Student Safety Sheet 2019 Update
You may have noticed we have updated our Student Safety Sheets to the 2019 edition. 

All the changes are error corrections of layout, typo and technical mistakes. Apart from minor changes to safe working low voltages, no major changes have been made to our safety advice.
Teachers in Residence
Teachers in Residence has been set up by the Design and Technology Association to provide teachers with the opportunity to work with a UK-based design, manufacturing, engineering or construction business, to get an in-depth understanding of modern industry.

This free programme, funded by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHE), will run up to the end of February 2020. 

You need to commit five days (holiday or release from school) during which you will be offered an internship with a business. This will include hands-on experience across different departments, attendance at client meetings and an overview of how the company runs. 
For further information see this flyer or contact Lata Patel – lata.patel@data.org.uk

New edition of CLEAPSS Guide to Radioactive Sources in Schools L93
We have issued a new edition (November 2019) of L93, 'Managing Ionising Radiations and Radioactive Substances in Schools and Colleges'.  

There is an accompanying short note, GL114, that explains the main changes in this new edition, and what schools need to do. 

The reason for these changes comes mainly from a revision of our risk assessments, in particular the evidence we have regarding repeated failures of home-made protactinium generators. We have also provided more detail on the annual checking and leak-testing of sealed sources.
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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