ASE Health and Safety Resources
Practical science – it’s still safe and it hasn’t been banned!
Practical work is at the heart of science learning, yet there is a popular misconception that many practical activities in science can’t be carried out in schools because of the limitations imposed by health and safety legislation. The publications and links below offer guidance on how to plan safe and exciting practical work in science, engaging pupils without compromising health and safety standards.
- Oh yes you can! (EiS 224) This article debunks myths around supposed bans of school science experiments.
- We don’t do that - it’s not safe anymore (SSR 332) Investigates how over-cautiousness can inhibit good science teaching.
- Yes you can! Workshop (2015) These notes from ASE Annual Conference offer details of practical activities that are exciting and often innovative while being safe to carry out in spite of misconceptions to the contrary.
|Key resources for health and safety|
Safeguards in the School Lab Essential reading for all new teachers and new heads of science.
Be Safe! 4th edition Essential reading for all primary teachers
Cross Phase Health and Safety Guidance
Best Practice for Heads of Science
Managing health and safety in science departments Ideas about policies, training and monitoring
|Further guidance for ASE members|