Student handling of bones: I’m looking for information, regulations, requirements etc, about the handling of completely cleaned and treated bones by high school students to rebuild the skeleton of a dead animal which was found. Thank you
Occupational health and safety
Electrical equipment testing and tagging: How often should we be testing and tagging electrical equipment in NSW schools according to WHS legislation? My school says that it should be every 6 months.
Science laboratories in schools have electrical portable equipment such as digital balances, microscopes, power supply, hot plates, etc
Science offices have equipment such as printers and/or photocopiers, computers and other electrical equipment, which is generally not moved.
Storage of starter caps: Where should I store my starter caps?
Hand sanitiser: An SDS for the hand sanitiser our school has purchased states "Keep out of reach of children". I have been asked to find out about this statement and what the school should do to make sure they are doing the right thing as we are a Prep-12 school. Does this mean that in the junior school all hand sanitiser supplied by the school is used under supervision and this is not necessary for senior students?
Biology Activity DNA Extraction: I recently watched a video in which someone did a DNA extraction from a salt water mouth gargle using the same technique we used for extracting DNA from fruits. Do you think I could do the same in a NSW school?
Transportation of school chemicals: What are the rules for transporting school chemicals in private vehicles?
Recently a University approached me with some surplus chemicals they were going to dispose of via manifesto (which, after treatment, go to landfill). Most of these chemicals were in good condition, but some were listed as hazardous. Although only small quantities, I was hesitant to take any, as I was unsure of the consequences of carrying small amounts of both non hazardous and hazardous chemicals in my car, even over small distances.
Chemical Store Ventilation: Can you clarify if the exhaust fan in the chemical store should be regularly tested to ensure it is providing sufficient ventilation? I have read a few of your previous answers on this matter but could not find anything that said it should be properly tested on a regular basis. At some of my previous jobs, the technician would test the fan at the same time as the fume cupboards, but not all schools have done this.
Health monitoring requirements: Is health monitoring for exposure to hazardous chemicals required for chemicals in the List of Recommended Chemicals/ Chemical Management Handbook? Do you have any advice?
Soldering: Is it okay for students to do soldering using the tin/lead solder?
Disposal of potassium permanganate and glycerol reaction: How do I safely dispose of the products of the exothermic reaction between potassium permanganate and glycerol conducted in a mortar and pestle? I am not sure of the quantities used, so how do I know if there are any unreacted chemicals present that may still self-ignite?