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Health & Safety FAQs
Do I need a departmental Health and Safety policy?
Whilst there is no specific legal requirement for a health and safety policy for each subject area HCC recommend that science departments adapt and adopt the model Health and safety policy for science departments from CLEAPPS L223 and ensure this is linked to the induction of new staff.
How should access to Laboratories be controlled?
Labs, prep rooms and storage rooms should be regarded as hazard areas and access restricted e.g. by keeping them locked when not in use.
What risk assessments do I need to complete?
A risk assessment is needed for any activity in which there is a significant hazard whether carried out pupils, teachers or technicians.
What format should these risk assessments take?
Rather than produce risk assessments on specific forms risk reduction is best achieved by incorporating risk assessments into materials normally used in teaching and annotating texts used daily i.e. schemes of work, lesson plans, worksheets etc.
How do I do this in practice?
Heads of department should review courses against the model risk assessments, consider if any adaptation is required for local circumstances and incorporate significant findings into daily use texts. This might involve highlighting hazard warnings and precautions, inserting cross-references in the scheme of work to CLEAPSS (or other) publications.
Where can we get professional development for our technicians?
CLEAPSS technician course 3rd February – Chemical Safety for technicians
What are the responsibilities of a technician?
Have a search through your new CLEAPSS CDROM. There are documents to support technicians in their duties from:
Also really helpful is the information found in L248a Running a Prep Room.
How could you write a technician’s job description?
Key skills of technicians can be found on pp7/8 of L258 Improving technicians’ conditions and key tasks are listed and explained on pp12-16 or G228 Technicians and their jobs.
How do we store chemicals?
CLEAPSS has really clear guidance on what not to store together. The Laboratory Handbook Chemicals Section 7 and E223 Chemical Stocklist.
From the Herts Health & Safety Team and the Science Team