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Science Facilities: Where can I find policies, national standards etc. to clarify what the Australian Standards are for science rooms in schools?

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Publication Date: 09 May 2014
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There are currently no Australian Standards that have been developed specifically for school science laboratories.

For general workplace health and safety and to locate your state/territory workplace regulator please refer to

The most appropriate resources on hand at the moment for laboratories are the following Australian Standards:

  • AS/NZS 2982:2010 Laboratory design and construction:

This standard contains many general requirements for laboratories as well as a section with some additional notes and requirements for Secondary School Laboratories regarding:

  • Aisle width
  • Signage
  • Storage of students personal belongings
  • Safe preparation of chemical
  • Radiation
  • Gas/electricity services
  • Hazardous materials
  • AS/NZ 2243 Safety in Laboratories Series:
    • AS/NZ 2243.1:2005 Planning and Operational Aspects
    • AS/NZ 2243.2:2006 Chemical Aspects
    • AS/NZ 2243.3:2010 Microbiological safety and containment
    • AS/NZ 2243.4:1998 Ionizing radiations
    • AS/NZ 2243.5:2004 Non-ionizing radiations – Electromagnetic, sound and ultrasound
    • AS/NZ 2243.6:2010 Plant and equipment aspects
    • AS/NZ 2243.7:1991 Electrical aspects
    • AS/NZ 2243.8:2005 Fume cupboards
    • AS/NZ 2243.9:2009 Recirculating fume cabinets
    • AS/NZ 2243.10:2004 Storage of chemicals

The above standards relate to laboratories in general and are not necessarily specific to the school science laboratory. Also there is a cost involved with accessing these standards see

Another resources that might be useful is a resource from the UK: CLEAPSS Guide 14 Designing and Planning Laboratories May 2009

This addresses the school science laboratory environment and has considerations that are extremely helpful, but do not necessarily conform to Australian Standards: see

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