Risk Assessments for ASE Meetings
The Association for Science Education is keen to encourage good practical science for pupils, promote effective practical demonstrations by teachers and help technicians supporting such activities. The Association’s Annual, Area and local Conferences and meetings provide important fora for demonstrating good practice and disseminating new ideas.
It is therefore particularly important that all concerned in staging these events, whether as lecturers, facilitators, exhibitors or in any other capacity, should pay scrupulous attention to health and safety issues
- Science Practical Activities at Association Conferences
The Association does not want excessive bureaucracy to inhibit good practical science, either in schools and colleges or at its own meetings and conferences. It recognises that many activities present no significant risk (e.g., making and flying paper aeroplanes). It acknowledges that the “significant findings of risk assessment” should be recorded but does not want “important risks to be obscured by a mass of trivia” (to quote from the Approved Code of Practice accompanying the Management Regulations). It hopes that the procedure given below is a reasonable compromise but would be happy to have comments from those who have used it.
- Risk assessments for low-risk regional or local meetings & events
This document has been prepared by the ASE’s Safeguards in Science Committee, in response to requests from region committees but is relevant to all ASE events not organised nationally.