Are schools allowed to conduct antimicrobial susceptibility testing of a microorganism using the Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion method? What antimicrobials are allowed for use in schools? Are antibiotics permissible?
Occupational health and safety
This downloadable ASSIST Information Sheet (AIS) is intended to serve as a general guideline when selecting, using and inspecting (maintaining) stepladders in school science areas.
Laboratory signage for microbiology: Is it mandatory for school science laboratories to have a biological hazard sign on laboratory doors and equipment such as incubators and fridges where microorganisms are being used, incubated and stored? What does the term biological hazard actually mean?
Blood Typing—Use of Animal Blood: Hi, I know that if we use human blood for blood typing it has to be screened. A teacher attended a PD session and they used blood from the bottom of a bag of meat that was bought from the shops for human consumption. I'd like to know if it is OK to use this blood in a school laboratory?
Ammonium Nitrate: Hi. Wondering if anyone uses ammonium nitrate for senior chemistry? Have a teacher who has requested some ammonium nitrate for making rockets? Not sure if it is a banned substance for schools, or if limitations are in place for having it. Any info on this would be useful. Thanks.
Banned chemicals/materials list NSW & ACT: Hi there, I have heard that schools in NSW & ACT have updated their list of banned chemicals and materials for use in Science. Is anyone able to please supply me with a copy of this list? Thanks.
Dust at workplace: Good afternoon Science ASSIST.
There is construction(renovation) going on adjacent to my lab. A hole has been knocked down to create an entrance to the new student's lab and the renovation of two additional classes for the Science area. While the construction is going on, we are still expected to carry out our duties.
What types of microorganisms are suitable for use in Australian school science laboratories? Are special laboratory facilities required to handle these microorganisms?
Chemicals (cold pack practical): I would like use the following chemicals for a cold pack prac: ammonium chloride, ammonium nitrate, magnesium sulfate and sodium thiosulfate.
Are these available? Are there particular safety issues?
Use of iron III nitrate and zinc nitrate: Is it still okay to use iron III nitrate and zinc nitrate, as they are not listed on the Recommended List of Chemicals for Schools. We currently make up 0.5 M solutions of each to use in Year 11 & 12 Chemistry to look at half cells and the electrochemical series. Should we continue to use them and/or are there recommended alternatives?