Health and Safety Resources

Best Practice for Heads of Science and Headteachers

Encouraging good practical science

ASE Best Practice Guidance guidance on Outdoor Learning, Assessment and Senior Leadership. This series of best practice documents brings together important advice on key aspects of the teaching and learning of science... Topics in Safety How to stay safe in the prep room and classroom. This resource offers a detailed look at a wide range of topics covering everything from working with DNA to the use of chemicals in the classroom...
Managing health and safety in science departments Ideas about policies, training and monitoring  We don’t do that - it’s not safe anymore  (SSR 332) Investigates how over-cautiousness can inhibit good science teaching. 
ASE Science Leaders' Survival Guide How to ensure that practical science flourishes in the department by appropriate use of risk assessments Oh yes you can! (EiS 224) This article debunks myths around supposed bans of school science experiments.
Health and Safety Guidance for Governors and Head Teachers (Welsh translation) Yes you can! Workshop (2017) These notes from ASE Annual Conference encourage practical science by helping teachers and technicians identify safe ways of working, and also to help develop new, exciting, and safe practical activities.
How Safe is your Science Department? A manager's checklist  Saftey Matters A collection of articles from the Health and Safety Specialist group.

Key publications from ASE:

Safeguards in the School Laboratory 12th Edition

The twelfth edition of this invaluable ASE publication is intended for all those involved in 11-19 science education. It will be particularly useful for newly qualified and trainee teachers, new technicians and heads of department.

Be Safe!

The ONLY publication that gives advice on practical science and technology in primary schools across the UK. Be Safe is a must have for health and safety guidance for primary schools.

ASE Prep Room Organiser

An important resource and guide for technicians working in education. This organiser brings together much of the information normally acquired by technicians over a period of time in the job into one convenient reference.

*Update version November 2019

Further guidance

his guidance reprints various health and safety articles which have appeared over the years in ASE journals. Some date back a number of years but they are all checked to ensure that they still offer advice which is valid and useful. Most will show the date on which they were checked and in some cases there is a footnote to indicate any significant changes since the original article was written.





Accidents in school laboratories 

Biological myths and bans

Accidents caused by blocked apparatus 

12V Immersion heaters 

Bunsen burner safety 

Bovine eye dissection 

Alcohol fires

Cells and batteries 

Chemicals in the eye 

Castor oil seeds 

Anti bumping granules 

Electrical safety 

Class size safety

Dissection of bulls' eyes and BSE 

Carbon block fire 

Evacuated bell jars 

Employment of pupils 

Dyes and stains used in biology 

Chlorine preparation

Capacitor explosions 

Eye injuries, reducing

Ion-migration and electrophoresis 


Lead and acid batteries 

Eyes, Treatment for chemicals in the

Pressure vessels 

Ethanol oxidation

Radford Labpacks 

Flammable Jumpers 

Safety and the school pond 

Explosion is a drying oven

Safeguard of sources 

Gas cylinder regulators 


How toxic is it 

Transmission line demonstration 

Hazards of hairstyles 




Incubators and ovens 


Ion exchange resins 


Science department safety policies 


Lithium explosions


Security of chemicals 


Magnesium Powder Accident 


Teaching Assistants, Health and Safety Training 


Picric acid 




Pipettes, Safety fillers








Smelling gases




Sodium reasction with water 




Solid oxidising agents 




Sulphuric acid burns 




Thermit reaction, The