Presentation on theme: "Safety What are the responsibilities of science teachers regarding"— Presentation transcript:
1 Safety What are the responsibilities of science teachers regarding safety issues ?
2 Safety Just to put it in perspective……. “…..the number of laboratory accidents [is] vanishingly smallwhen compared to accidents arising from trips, slips andfalls…….”[Health & Safety Commission Representative 2006since 2008 Health & Safety Executive]
3 Safety Learning outcomes : To know the meanings and implications of…. 1. HASAWA2. COSHH3. A Risk Assessment4.CLEAPSS - Handbook & Hazcards5. Safe Laboratory Practice
4 Safety HASAWA The Health And Safety At Work Act  A major intention…….. is to protect employees (ie. in sciencedepartments - teachers & technicians).The health and safety of the public at large, including pupils andstudents, must also be ensured, as far as is reasonably practicable.The main duties of the Act are placed on employers
5 Safety HASAWAHASAWA makes neglect of safety precautions a criminal offence.However…………………….only two science teachers have ever beenprosecuted since 1975.[Safeguards in the School Laboratory - ASE 2006]
6 Safety COSHH The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations The hazardous substances covered by these regulations include :Toxic/Very toxicHarmful/irritantHarmfulmicroorganismCorrosive
7 Safety COSHH+ And also since 1999……. Ionising radiation High voltage FlammableOxidisingExplosive
8 Safety new GHS/CLP labels Hazardous to theaquatic environmentHealth hazardincluding carcinogensGas underpressureNew European system from Dec 2010 t0 2015Manufacturers starting but not in schools yet.GHS= Global harmonised systemCLP= Classification, Labelling & Packaging of Substances & Mixtures
9 Safety COSHH+ [The Management of Health & Safety at Work In fact, anything with a warning symbol !Now, all hazards whether they be chemicals, equipment orprocedures need to be covered by a Risk Assessment[The Management of Health & Safety at WorkRegulations ]
10 Safety Risk Assessment So what is a Risk Assessement and when do I need to do one?If it involves any of the above or if in doubt…..Yes you do.Need to consider :1. What is the operation ?2. Who is doing it ?3. What precautions must I take ?
11 Safety Help ! [Consortium of Local Education Authorities So how do I find out what I need to know ?• CLEAPSS Hazcards• CLEAPSS Laboratory Handbook[Consortium of Local Education Authoritiesfor the Provision of Science Services]• Ask !
12 Safety Risk Assessment But to put it in perspective……‘The level of detail in a risk assessment should beproportionate to the risk. Once the risks are assessedand taken into account, insignificant risks can usuallybe ignored...’[Management of Health & Safety at WorkApproved Code of Practice and Guidance 13 (a).]
13 Safety Accidents Most common school laboratory accidents (%)… [Safeguards in the School Laboratory - ASE 2006]
14 Safety Don’t panic! Just to put it in perspective, again……. [HSE statistics 01/02]
15 Safety Safe Laboratory Practice The careful and consistent implementation of safe laboratorypractice requires the following:• Good class control• Effective teacher understanding of risk assessment• Well understood rules & practices of safe working• Basic hygiene• Laboratory tidiness[Safeguards in the School Laboratory - ASE2006]
16 Safety Summary Learning outcomes : Do I now know the meanings and implications of….?1. HASAWA2. COSHH3. A Risk Assessment4.CLEAPSS - Handbook & Hazcards5. Safe Laboratory Practice
18 Safety References Available from CLEAPSS CD-ROM + see Moodle: Managing Risk Assessment in Science - L196Health & Safety induction & training for science teachers - G238Student Safety GuidesSurely that’s bannedPS21 Health & Safety in the School Laboratory…..PS 22 Health & safety in primary science & technologyStudent Safety Sheets (updated 2011)SRAs = Supplementary Risk Assessments(eg Screaming Jelly Babies; The woosh bottle demo)E232 Common Safety Signs & Hazards SymbolsGuidance leaflets
19 Safety References Health,safety and risk; Warren, Dorothy RSC 2001 Safeguards in the school laboratory 11thEd; ASE 2006