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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 - Updated 12/09/18
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 

The CLEAPSS Helpline is very busy. 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 PP0055 heating water, which is totally gauze free!!!

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.
STEM Careers and motorsport - Free event
Do you have pupils who are keen to motorsport and/or STEM careers in motorsport? 

The Motor Sports Association (the UK's governing body of motorsport) and Dare to be Different are teaming up to offer 120 girls the chance to try motorsport free at Silverstone next month (28 October).

The event is part of the FIA’s new Girls on Track initiative, which aims to promote and develop young women in motorsport at grassroots level using karting slalom, an accessible, cost-effective arrive-and-drive format.

Find more details and registration for this free event click here.
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
CLEAPSS Technician Job Service
CLEAPSS is pleased to announce that the Technician Job Service is now back and much improved.  Click here to advertise a vacancy in your school.
Technicians Resources
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Technicians really DO matter, chemicals in the wrong container, microbiology update, transition ideas (not being a TV presenter), new labels for gloves, IDA record keeping, fume cupboard testing, Nort.. more

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This video demonstrates how to make a streak dilution plate. The process separates mixtures of microbes so that individual colonies are formed and can be studied.

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General guidance on laboratory and prep-room layout, sizing, ventilation, siting of storage and other services. Special connsideration is given to fume cupboards, dishwashers and refrigeration as well.. more

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This video demonstrates a microscale method for preparing soap in a lab including a simple way to test the soap produced.

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This edition includes notes on the HSE input to the annual CLEAPSS safety conference, managing ionising radiations, an incident with nital, problems with silicon tetrachloride, new flammables cabinets.. more

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Gives guidance on general fieldwork including specific measurements and techniques. Detailed guidance is included on measuring substances in the soil, water and air, and electronic measurements such a.. more

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A brief summary of the advice and support CLEAPSS offers schools, science departments, and science teachers

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Risk assessment guidance for ammonium dichromate(VI).

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Period 1 elements for giant periodic table

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A simple way to make your own vacuum pump

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