Ventilation in corrosives cupboard: Are there any regulations regarding ventilation in corrosives and flammables cupboards—we are getting a new building and the architects are asking me for the regulations.
Human skeletons: We have been offered a human skeleton that has, up until now, been used for medical purposes. Are there any laws or special responsibilities we would have to comply with if we accepted this donation? Is it legal for us to have a human skeleton? I have read through the "Transplantation and Anatomy Act 1978" (ACT), but this was not helpful.
We are considering using a wildlife camera that senses movement and then records a few minutes of video footage. It would be placed in a treed area on the school grounds overnight. Our aim is to capture footage of nocturnal animals for our ecology topics. Are there any regulations or restrictions that we should be aware of?
Science drug lab equipment: Apparently school laboratories need a list, by item and quantity, of anything that could be targeted by a 'drug lab' break in. Where can I find a list of items that I may have in the school, that could be targeted? Or any other information.
Licence to purchase chemicals: Hi - I've had a few Year 11 students (Occ Health & Safety topic) ask about licences for chemicals held in schools, specifically the Science Dept. I had a vague notion the WA Catholic Education Office or WA Education Department owned an umbrella type licence for schools, however I wasn't sure. I know we need specific licences or special requests for certain chemicals but am not sure for general chemicals. Can you clear this question for me and the students?
This downloadable PDF contains links to websites with information regarding workplace health and safety in the state of Victoria.
The links provided are to Victorian legislation, Act and Regulations, Codes of Practice and guidance materials.
This downloadable PDF provides links to national and state-specific support materials for compliance with health and safety legislation while teaching the physical sciences in schools.
Areas covered include:
- the use of equipment,
- radioactive sources,
- Australian Standards, and
- non-government organisations supporting the physical sciences in schools.
This downloadable PDF provides links to national and state-specific information on licensing and compliance for school science facilities.
Areas covered include:
- the use and care of animals,
- the use of flora and fauna,
- the use and storage of chemicals,
- the handling of biological material, and
- the handling and storage of radioactive material.
This downloadable PDF has links to documentation concerning health and safety legislation for the procurement, handling and disposal of biological materials; animal ethics and associated licensing.
The links to legislation are both nationally and state specific. There are also links to Australian Standards and non-government organisations that support biological science in schools.
Updated November 2015.
This downloadable resource is a summary of the requirements for labelling chemicals in schools across Australia.
The document takes into account the new requirements under the harmonised Work Health and Safety legislation, where this has been enacted. Aspects of the new legislation as they specifically relate to labelling requirements in schools are described, with links to the relevant legislation and codes of practice.