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K46 CLEAPSS: Keep it Safe! – Health and Safety in Practical Science for New Teachers.

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K46 CLEAPSS: Keep it Safe! – Health and Safety in Practical Science for New Teachers.

This course will develop the skills needed to run a successful practical science lesion. Suggestions and tips based on CLEAPSS publications will be given.

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Course Date

15th May 2017

Places Available

Course Leader

Steve Jones, CLEAPSS

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Course Description

The objectives for this course are to

  • raise the awareness of health and safety matters amongst new science teachers
  • fulfill, in part, the obligation on employers to provide health and safety

training for new staff

  • develop an understanding of risk assessment
  • allow participants to share concerns about health and safety matters
  • further develop skills and techniques for running a successful practical lesson

There will be 4 main workshops:

  • Safety in school science
  • the role of the NQT
  • Risk assessment and dealing with emergencies
  • How to make the best use of CLEAPSS resources

Dealing with issues raised by participants  including learning from past accidents

Each workshop includes a number of activities such as presentations, discussion in groups, quizzes etc.

The course will seek to reassure the over-anxious, whilst restraining the too independently-minded teacher.  It will debunk a few myths and look at legal requirements and the duties of teachers and their employers.

There  will  be  opportunities  to  check  model  risk  assessments,  such  as

Hazcards, and  to  consider  how  these  might  need  to  be modified to deal with problems of a particular school, room or class. The importance of adopting control measures, such as eye protection,  and  of  sticking  to  agreed  procedures  will  be  emphasised.  The  session  dealing  with  emergencies  will  consider Immediate Remedial Measures for personal injuries and other incidents.

Activities  in  the  lab  that  commonly  give  rise  to problems  will  be  highlighted  and  discussed.    There  will  be  opportunities  to discuss each participant’s own safety concerns.

The day will end with an opportunity to consolidate the lessons learned during the day.

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