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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..
Asbestos found in ceramic gauzes
CLEAPSS has been working with the DfE and HSE around the supply of gauzes which contain Asbestos. 

The HSE released this press release about the issue.

The Dept. of Education have released a letter to Headteachers in schools and Principals in FE Colleges. CLEAPSS recommends sharing the appropriate letter with your HoD and Headteacher / Principal.  

Customers of each company involved will receive communications from them the issue. We are not in a position to name these 

Please do NOT call us about this issue unless you have read the latest version of all three of the below documents. (GL286, Full HSE Press release and the HSE Guidance document). 
If after reading all three of these documents, and you have discussed the issue with your HoD & Headteacher you still have questions, then of course feel free to call the Helpline.

We have created a FAQs guide (GL286) to assist schools with this issue. This guide is designed to be read in conjunction with guidance from the HSE and the full HSE press release

We have also produced a gauzes buying guide GL285

Worried you don't have any gauzes you can use, but want to do the classic 'heating water' practical with your Yr 7's? Then use our new guide PP055 heating water, which is totally gauze free!!!

CLEAPSS at ASE Conference 2019
Once again CLEAPSS will have a large presence at the 2019 ASE Conference in Birmingham.

Come and find us on stand A12 in the tent to collect your free 2019 edition of the CLEAPSS Mug, and to catch up with the CLEAPSS staff.

You can find all of our workshops and sessions here.

To book yourself onto the conference click 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. 
What does good technical support look like in a science department?
How can technicians transform a school’s science department? 

Watch this Gatsby Foundation film to understand the vital role technicians play in their school and the delivery of good practical science.
CLEAPSS 12 day Technician Training Programme 2018-19
Dates for the 2019 Technician Training Programme which is being run at Leigh College, Wigan, have now been confirmed.  

Please click here for dates and more details.  To book a place please contact science@cleapss.org.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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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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