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What is CLEAPSS
CLEAPSS resources give teachers ideas for exciting and engaging practical activities that fire pupils' imaginations and then, unlike many other sources of ideas, go on to show teachers and technicians in detail how to translate the ideas into safe and exciting experiences in the classroom.
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CLEAPSS online training - Health & Safety for Science Technicians
This FREE unmediated self-study course consisting of 4 video presentations interspersed with DIY tasks.  

For further details please click here

After completing the course you may wish to sign up to our follow-on live online H&S course.
New Edition of CLEAPSS Guide L93
The new edition of L093 (February 2024) is now available to download. 

Guidance leaflet GL114 (also available now) details the main changes in the new edition. 

A revised edition of DL093 containing editable versions (MS Word) of the key record keeping forms is also available.

RPS in schools should review the revised guidance carefully, in particular, sections 6.5, 6.6.1, 9 and 15 of the revised L093 need to be completed by the RPS.

CLEAPSS will scheduling additional training courses (face to face and online) for RPS(schools). These will be advertised via the website.

RPOs in the CLEAPSS RPA service will be invited to attend an online briefing about the implications of the changes for their role. Invitations will be sent by e-mail this week.
CLEAPSS at the ASE Conference 2024
Thanks to everyone we met at the ASE Conference in Northampton.

You can also see a showcase video reel here.

You can find links to all our conference resources here.

Supply of chemicals - New Regulations

The regulations for supplying explosives precursors and poisons was updated on 27th September 2023 and came into force on 1st October. These put in place new requirements on the supply of certain chemicals which include the following commonly used in schools:

Explosives precursors: acetone, aluminium powders, hydrochloric acid, hydrogen peroxide, sulfur and sulfuric acid.

Poisons: ammonia, phenols, sodium hydroxide, sodium nitrite and sodium hypochlorite solutions. 

The regulations state that businesses and professional users should be verified by the supplier every time a new purchase is made of these regulated chemicals. 

 Where they are being supplied frequently or on a routine basis to the same professional user or business, verification should occur every 18 months or whenever there is a change or deviation from normal purchasing patterns. This is something suppliers can choose to do, but given schools don’t generally make frequent purchases of these chemicals, it is likely that the information will be required for each order.

The person making the sale (the supplier) must obtain the following from the business customer (i.e. the school):

<!--the business customer’s name and address. If the business customer is not an individual, the name of an individual who is authorised on behalf of the business customer should be recorded;

<!--a form of photographic identification of the business customer or, if the business customer is not an individual, of the individual making the purchase; this could be a school photo ID card

<!--a statement of the nature of the business customer’s trade, business or profession, or of the public function that the business customer performs; and the business customer’s VAT registration number, if the business customer has such a number

Your school will have to decide who is authorised on behalf of the business to make the purchase (the name on the order must match the individual). For schools it is most likely to be a technician, head of science or finance manager.

There is no licence which applies to these regulations, so there is nothing schools will need to apply for.

This information should be provided when requested by the company making the sale, there is no need to provide it in advance.

Further details including a list of the regulated substances and concentration thresholds can be found in the Explosives precursors and poisons: general guidance on the government website  

Heads of Science Training
Are you a head of science / subject / dept ? 

Not sure on how H&S law applies to you and your team ?

Then our H&S Course for HoD is ideal for you, find all the details here

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RPA002a - RPO report/checklist templates
Word files of the templates in the Appendix of RPA002. 
 (21 May 2024)

G238 - Health and Safety Induction and Training for Science Teachers
An essential guide to the sort of induction and H&S training that any new science teacher needs. Lists almost all of the practical activities that a teacher may have to undertake. There is also an.. more
 (21 May 2024)

DL238 - Customisable Health and Safety Induction and Training of Science Teachers
A Word file which can be adapted by individuals to produce a bespoke health and safety training programme.
 (21 May 2024)

GL385 – Practical activities for primary aged children visiting a secondary school
Advice about activities that younger children, of varying ages and ability, can undertake.
 (15 May 2024)

GL243 - Water purification buying guide
A short overview of the common methods of water purification in school laboratories, include pros and cons. This will be useful for any teacher or technician looking to buy a new water purification sy.. more
 (10 May 2024)