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Recommended Chemicals for secondary Schools

Submitted by sat on 14 September 2017

In brief:

The inclusion of a chemical in the List of recommended chemicals1 or in the Chemical Management Handbook2 indicates that the chemical is suitable for use in schools. We have not published a list of prohibited chemicals.

The absence of a chemical from the List of recommended chemicals or from the Chemical Management Handbook, does not mean that the chemical is prohibited from use in schools. However, some jurisdictions have banned the use of certain chemicals and we have taken this into consideration in the development of the List. Schools are required to follow the policies and directives of their educational jurisdiction.

The List of recommended chemicals is an evolving document and will be updated in response to feedback, changes to safety data and changes to practices in school science.

Regarding the specific chemicals that you mention:

Regarding ordering chemicals for your school:

Prior to purchasing chemicals for your school, it is important to conduct a risk assessment and research whether the chemical is suitable for use in your school. Aspects to consider include:

The Queensland Department of Education and Training have a good checklist in Appendix 4A of their publication ‘Guideline for managing risks with chemicals in DETE workplaces’3, see


1 Science ASSIST. 2016. List of Recommended Chemicals for Science in Australian Schools.

2 Science ASSIST. 2017. Chemical management Handbook. Edition 1.

3 Department of Education, Training and Employment. 2013. ‘Guideline for managing risks with chemicals in DETE workplaces’ DETE Website.

 “Iron (III) chloride anhydrous” Safety Data Sheet. 2014. Merckmillipore website. (Fixed broken link, October 2018).

“Iron (III) chloride hexahydrate” Safety Data Sheet. 2015. Chem-Supply website.