Safety What are the responsibilities of science teachers regarding safety issues ?
Safety Just to put it in perspective……. …..the number of laboratory accidents [is] vanishingly small when compared to accidents arising from trips, slips and falls……. [Health & Safety Commission Representative 2006 since 2008 Health & Safety Executive]
Safety Learning outcomes : To know the meanings and implications of…. 1. HASAWA 2. COSHH 4.CLEAPSS - Handbook & Hazcards 3. A Risk Assessment 5. Safe Laboratory Practice
Safety HASAWA The Health And Safety At Work Act  A major intention…….. is to protect employees (ie. in science departments - teachers & technicians). The health and safety of the public at large, including pupils and students, must also be ensured, as far as is reasonably practicable. The main duties of the Act are placed on employers
Safety HASAWA HASAWA makes neglect of safety precautions a criminal offence. However……… …………….only two science teachers have ever been prosecuted since 1975. [Safeguards in the School Laboratory - ASE 2006]
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations  The hazardous substances covered by these regulations include : Toxic/ Very toxic Harmful/ irritant Corrosive Harmful microorganism Safety COSHH
And also since 1999……. Ionising radiation Flammable High voltage SafetyCOSHH+ Oxidising Explosive
Safetynew GHS/CLP labels Hazardous to the aquatic environment Health hazard including carcinogens Gas under pressure GHS = Global harmonised system CLP = Classification, Labelling & Packaging of Substances & Mixtures
In fact, anything with a warning symbol ! Now, all hazards whether they be chemicals, equipment or procedures need to be covered by a Risk Assessment [The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations - 1999] SafetyCOSHH+
SafetyRisk 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 ?
Safety Help ! So how do I find out what I need to know ? CLEAPSS Hazcards CLEAPSS Laboratory Handbook [Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services] Ask !
SafetyRisk Assessment But to put it in perspective…… The level of detail in a risk assessment should be proportionate to the risk. Once the risks are assessed and taken into account, insignificant risks can usually be ignored... [Management of Health & Safety at Work Approved Code of Practice and Guidance 13 (a).]
Safety Accidents Most common school laboratory accidents (%)… [Safeguards in the School Laboratory - ASE 2006]
Safety Dont panic! Just to put it in perspective, again……. [HSE statistics 01/02]
Safety Safe Laboratory Practice The careful and consistent implementation of safe laboratory practice 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]
Safety Summary Learning outcomes : Do I now know the meanings and implications of….? 1. HASAWA 2. COSHH 4.CLEAPSS - Handbook & Hazcards 3. A Risk Assessment 5. Safe Laboratory Practice