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CLEAPSS Prep Room Management & H&S for Senior Technicians

27 March 2024, 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Prep Room Store Cupboard

This one-day discussion based course is intended for senior science technicians or those aspiring to become senior science technicians. Less experienced technicians are also welcome to attend and will pick up some useful tips.

Event Information

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IOE Short Courses

The objective of the course is to explore and share ideas for running an efficient and effective science prep room. The main emphasis will be on Health & Safety law, what the law requires of technicians, organising the prep room, supporting practical work and leading a technician team.

The course involves a mixture of presenter input, discussion and tasks. There will be opportunities for participants to share their own good practice, raise their own concerns and identify possible solutions.

Who this course is for

This course is for senior science technicians, and those aspiring to become senior science technicians, in schools and colleges.

Teaching and structure

The day will be a mixture of input from the tutor, discussions, and a variety of activities intended to enhance your understanding of prep room management how it applies in schools. You'll also examine your existing practice in your own school. 

Learning outcomes

During the day the following will be covered:

  • Health & Safety law, legal responsibilities of employer and employee, risk assessment,
  • Prep room layout and equipment, organisation and storage of resources,
  • Requisitions, overview & booking systems,
  • Preparing for/clearing up practicals,
  • Policies and procedures,
  • Leading a technician team, prioritising tasks.

Costs and booking

Price per participant is £180 and it includes course materials and packed lunch.

Book here

If you are not able to pay by credit/debit card, an invoice will be raised for upfront payment. If this is your preferred method of payment, email ioe.shortcourses@ucl.ac.uk to enquiry how to book this course if you wish to pay by invoice.


The Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services (CLEAPSS) has a membership of more than 28,000 schools and colleges, mainly in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, where its advice is recognised by HSE, DFE and OFSTED as representing best practice in these areas. As such, it's used by employers as the basis for them to discharge their responsibilities under the H&S at work act, 1999.