Short courses


CLEAPSS: Health and Safety (for Secondary Science Technicians)

  • 7 hours
  • 1 day


This one-day course will help secondary science technicians to be aware of safety issues and the current health and safety legislation.

It'll help you become more comfortable with your responsibilities and enable you to use and explore the range of services and advice that you can access from the Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services (CLEAPSS).

You'll also assess the use of risk assessments and learn what safe management means.

This course is run by the Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services (CLEAPSS) at IOE, UCL's faculty of education and society.

Who this course is for

This course is aimed at secondary-school science technicians.

Course content

The course will cover:

  • legislation on health and safety including the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and its subsequent regulations
  • legal bans, myths and rumour
  • risk assessments in general, and personal risk assessment for technicians
  • safe management and handling of resources for practical science communication

Teaching and structure

This course is delivered as part discussion and part practical workshop.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you'll have: 

  • explored in detail what health and safety legislation requires and what it does not
  • considered what constitutes a sensible, manageable and effective approach to risk assessment
  • appreciated the need for a health and safety policy and considered how its implementation can be sensibly monitored

Course team

Matt Endean for CLEAPSS

Matt Endean for CLEAPSS

Matt works as an adviser for CLEAPSS.

CLEAPSS provides advice and guidance on all aspects of practical work in science, technology and art. This guidance explores ideas for exciting and engaging practical activities that fire pupils' imaginations and then, unlike many alternative resources, goes on to show teachers and technicians, in detail, how to translate these ideas into safe and exciting classroom experiences.

CLEAPSS has in excess of 28,000 schools and colleges in membership, predominantly in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, where its advice is recognised by HSE, DFE and OFSTED as representing best practice in these areas and as such it is used by employers as the basis for them to discharge their responsibilities under the H&S at work act, 1999.

Course information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 16:00