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Keeping Science Safe

Before you teach any science lesson you have a responsibility to make sure you understand the safety implications. The essence of science is the investigative work the children will undertake. Careful planning and risk assessment on your part will ensure that neither children nor adults will be harmed from taking part in investigations. The following suggestions will help you to plan safely so that all children can take a full and active part in science lessons.

Throughout your course

Ÿ Note and follow carefully the safety guidelines for practical activities in your taught science sessions. These are almost always set up using risk assessment procedures suitable for the primary classroom. Occasionally we will set up an activity to aid learning at your level that may not be suitable for primary work, in which case our risk assessment procedures will be appropriate for that level.
Ÿ Make regular reference to available safety documents in your college sessions; keep notes in your science portfolio. The titles of these are included in the bibliography.
Ÿ Ensure you know where reference materials are kept. If you are not sure check with science technicians and in the school resources section of the library.

For school experience – general guidance

Ÿ On your first day at school check the science policy and scheme of work for safety guidelines. Some schools have specific recommendations for their school and you will need to know what these are. Sometimes you will be referred to general documents which we use in college.
Ÿ Find out where safety reference materials are kept in school.
Ÿ Note the quality of science equipment and if in doubt about safety seek advice.
Ÿ If the information you require does not appear to be available check with your teacher tutor and/or the science coordinator.
Ÿ Carry out a full risk assessment of the science investigations you will undertake with your class. Add this to your medium term plan. You will find an example and further guidance overleaf. If you think you have been asked to plan an unsafe activity seek advice from a science tutor, link tutor or the teacher tutor before going ahead
Ÿ Replace any activity which represents an unacceptable risk to pupils and will be demonstrated by an adult. Remember, children should be involved in practical work wherever possible.
Ÿ Even if there is no practical activity involved you must ensure that nothing you say will encourage children to do something unsafe either inside or outside school.
Ÿ Important Safety Reminder:

Please note reference material in the bibliography to this handbook. This source material is available, on request, in the School Resources section of the library and in HJB 10 & 18. ASE ‘Be Safe’ guide is also available in the main library. Tutors and technicians will be very willing to guide you but it is your responsibility to make sure you carry out a Risk Assessment for every activity you plan and teach, whether for a group or whole class. This is in addition to the guidance given by your teacher tutor.


Science Activity Risk Assessment
Use for ALL science activities


Please note: an A4 version of this form is available on the Learning Network. Download and use the enlarged version in your science planning.

Use one of the Safety texts as a guide, and reference appropriately.
Ellis, H (2001) Be Safe! : Health & Safety in Primary School Science & Technology. 3rd Edition Hatfield: Association for Science Education.

Hampshire County Council (2002) Safety in Science at Key Stages 1 & 2 HCC.
Hampshire County Council (2003) Off-Site Activities and Educational Visits. Regulations and Guidance. HCC.

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The activity is:

The risk assessment should be shared with all adults assisting in the classroom. Refer to NC KS1 and KS2 Breadth of Study for guidelines on involvement of pupils. Keep a copy with the medium term plan and lesson plans
Hazard
Consider:
Substances and materials;
Equipment and tools;
The way the activity is done
The place where the activity is done;
Anything else
Likely effect of hazard
Risk level
(low, medium, high)
Safety measure
Resulting risk level

























*Reference. You must indicate on EACH FORM where you found the information for your risk assessment. Consult the handbook bibliography.












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RISK ASSESSMENT
The activity is:
The risk assessment should be shared with all adults assisting in the classroom. Refer to NC KS1 and KS2 Breadth of Study for guidelines on involvement of pupils. Keep a copy with the medium term plan and lesson plans

Hazard
Consider:
Substances and materials;
Equipment and tools;
The way the activity is done
The place where the activity is done;
Anything else

Likely effect of hazard

Risk level
(low, medium, high)

Safety measure

Resulting risk level




























*Reference. You must indicate on EACH FORM where you found the information for your risk assessment. Consult the handbook bibliography.