An army bomb disposal team is probably the last thing you would expect to see in a school’s chemistry lab, but we’ve seen it before around the country due to the mismanagement of chemicals in school.
Health and safety is key to the handling of chemicals in schools, with incidents of fires, burns and spillages being far more common than you may think. A teacher in Ashford was in hospital after a chemical spill early January 2019, while a chemical fire broker out in the cupboard of a school in December 2018 in Fareham.
All the evidence shows that the way to minimise the risk of chemicals posing a threat to students is to raise awareness of correct storage and handling. Schools and colleges should ensure their teaching and support staff are fully aware of the risks and how to work with chemicals safely.
A risk assessment programme and safety precautions for staff and students allows schools and colleges to use chemicals in a learning environment, unencumbered by the risks they can sometimes entail.
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