Health and safety guidance for school science departments

Safety in science at Key Stages 1 and 2 – new edition

Teachers in Hampshire have a good record of safety through taking wise precautions when organising practical science. These revised guidelines aim to help schools to maintain this position. This document replaces the previous set of guidelines issued in July 2009.

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Safety in science at Key Stages 3 and 4

Science activities that carry risk, or involve trial and error, form a central part of the learning process. We cannot eliminate all risks and to do this may stifle natural curiosity and the development of independence. So pupils should be taught how to be safe, rather than the teacher being safe for the pupils. At the heart of this lies risk assessment. These newly-updated guidelines take you through the process of risk assessment so that risks presented by science-related hazards will be minimised.

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CLEAPSS Science website – information for science teachers and technicians on all aspects of secondary science, including Bulletins, HazCards, Practical Procedures etc.

CLEAPSS Primary website – information for primary teachers of science, technology, art and design. Includes teaching ideas, doing things safely, primary competition and leadership guidance.