Health and Safety Resources
Welcome to the ASE's Health and Safety Resource Section
On this page and subsequent tabs on the left hand side, you will find Safety articles published in the ASE's journals and relevant resources.
To contact the Safeguards Committee, please click here.
ASE Health and Safety Resources for secondary
An erratum slip to accompany the 2013 reprint of ‘Safeguards in the School Lab’ is available here
Topics in Safety is being revised. View Revised Topics in Safety updates of topics 2, 8 and 9.
For health and safety resources for primary schools, please click on Health and Safety - Primary in the menu to the left.
ASE Health and Safety guidance
Click here to read our policy document on health and safety in good practical science.
Click here to read the collective view of ASE, RSC, CLEAPSS and SSERC on the implications of REACH regulations for the teaching of practical chemistry at secondary level and above.
Click here to download Health and Safety Guidance for Governors and Head Teachers in Secondary Schools and Colleges.
Click here to download Health and Safety Checks on Science Texts: Guidance for Publishers
If you would like to read more about ASE's Policies, click here.
A common aim of the articles in this section of the website is to refute popular misconceptions nurtured in the media that many practical activities in science can no longer be carried out in schools because of the limitations imposed by health and safety legislation. The articles also include guidance on how to plan and organise safe and often exciting practical work in science that will engage or enthuse pupils without compromising health and safety standards.
The links below are public articles. The page number is included to allow you to easily search the journal contents for the Safety Article.
Please note that for some articles in the tabs to the left, you will need to be a subscriber and login to view them. Should you wish to subscribe to ASE's journals, please click here.
|Journal Issue||Page Number||Title & Link|
|EiS Sep-07||27||Oh yes you can!|
|SSR Mar-04||121||We don’t do that - it’s not safe anymore|
|EiS Nov-01||24||Fighting back - is school science really unsafe?|
|EiS Jun-01||22||It must be true it was in the Sunday Times|
|EiS Sep-97||Download||Mercury thermometers|
|EiS Apr-97||Download||Air guns|
|SSR 268 Mar. 93||Download||‘That’s banned, isn’t it ?’ Some safety myths in science|
- ASE Health and Safety Resources: Yes you can!
Yes! you can- notes from ASE Annual Meeting January 2013. The presentation commemorated 50 years of work by the Safeguards committee whose purpose was always to encourage practical science by helping teachers and technicians identify safe ways of working, and also to help develop new, exciting, and safe practical activities. Fundamental to the presentation was the idea that the implementation and increased use of the risk assessment concept has helped science staff preserve and, in some cases, reintroduce, valuable and effective practical activities in the science curriculum.