Short courses


CLEAPSS: Safety Examinations of Autoclaves, Pressure Cookers and Model Steam Engines

  • 7 hours
  • 1 day
  • 16 May 2024


In particular, the course will consider the role of CLEAPSS (Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services) in meeting the requirements specified by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the 2014 Approved Code of Practice (ACOP).

This course focuses on equipment that is not thermostatically controlled. If you're in doubt about whether your equipment will be covered, contact CLEAPSS before booking a place.

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

The course is particularly suitable for whoever is responsible within a school for carrying out examinations of pressure vessels.

Course content

The course covers:

  • The basics of how the pressure systems work
  • Safe operation of a range of autoclaves, pressure cookers and model steam engines
  • The legal requirements, including the employer’s duty to appoint a competent person for the examination of autoclaves, pressure cookers and model steam engines
  • The meaning of ‘competent person’ in the context of the CLEAPSS approach to pressure system examination
  • Reviewing the written schemes of examination included in CLEAPSS document G214a
  • The management of the statutory safety examination in the school context.

      Course structure

      This one-day course is delivered as part discussion, part practical workshop.

      Learning outcomes

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

      • Learnt how to operate the autoclaves, pressure cookers and steam engines in your school
      • Understood the legal requirements surrounding examination of autoclaves, pressure cookers and model steam engines
      • Learnt to manage the statutory safety examination in your school context.

      Please note this course will focus on models that are not thermostatically controlled, for example the Prestige 6L high domed pressure cooker and model steam engines manufactured by Mamod and Willesco. 

      If you have examples of these items please bring them along on the day* (suitable ones to bring are marked with a tick below, unsuitable ones are marked with a cross). 
      *Note: Attending the course will NOT in itself, constitute the statutory examination for these items.


      You'll get a certificate of attendance on completing the course.

      Costs and booking

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

      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.

      Course team

      Steve Jones and Ai-Linh for CLEAPSS

      Steve Jones and Ai-Linh for CLEAPSS

      Steve and Ai-Linh work as advisors 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' membership includes 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. It's used by employers as the basis for carrying out their responsibilities under the H&S at Work Act, 1999.

      Course information last modified: 1 Dec 2023, 17:16