Occupational health and safety


Blood Typing - Use of Animal Blood

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

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.

Dust at workplace

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.

Chemical use in junior laboratories

Chemical use in junior laboratories: Our science faculty is moving to a new, purpose-built facility next year. Senior labs have access to a safety shower and eyewash station. Junior labs, on a lower floor, have only an eyewash station.

I have been asked to find out if there are any OH&S restrictions on the strength of acids and bases and the use of flammable chemicals in the junior labs, given there is no safety shower available.

Our school is an independent coed school.

Lead and lead salts

Lead and lead salts. On your List of Recommended Chemicals for Science in Australian Schools, you say that lead nitrate can be used in Years 7–12. They are classed as 'high risk' substances with uncertain or unpredictable risk levels in Education QLD’s guidelines. I don’t, therefore, understand why lead and lead salts are included on your list?


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