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.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-38596153 http://www.rmpartners.co.uk/resources/storage-of-hazardous-substances-in-educationalestablishments https://www.assured-ltd.co.uk/industry-news/chemical-fire-led-full-school-evacuation/ https://www.kentonline.co.uk/ashford/news/teacher-in-hospital-after-chemical-spill-atschool-196568/
This article and related document links do not purport to be comprehensive or to give legal advice. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, Risk Management Partners cannot be held liable for any errors, omissions or inaccuracies contained within the article and related document links. Readers should not act upon (or refrain from acting upon) information in this article and related document links without first taking further specialist or professional advice.
Risk Management Partners Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered office: The Walbrook Building, 25 Walbrook, London EC4N 8AW. Registered in England and Wales. Company no. 2989025
Risk Management Partners Limited is the data controller of any personal information you provide to us or personal information that has been provided to us by a third party. We collect and process information about you in order to arrange insurance policies and to process claims. Your information is also used for business purposes such as fraud prevention and detection and financial management. This may involve sharing your information with third parties such as insurers, reinsurers, other brokers, claims handlers, loss adjusters, credit reference agencies, service providers, professional advisors, our regulators, police and government agencies or fraud prevention agencies.
We may record telephone calls to help us monitor and improve the service we provide. For further information on how your information is used and your rights in relation to your information please see our privacy notice at https://rmpartners.co.uk/privacy-policy. If you are providing personal data of another individual to us, you must tell them you are providing their information to us and show them a copy of this notice.