Are you managing your risks in Design and Technology?

Are you managing your risks in Design and Technology?

Are you managing your risks in Design and Technology?

15 Mar 2017

Islington Council were recently fined £200,000 after a pupil lost a finger in a design and technology class - see more on this at London council fined after school injury.

To help you manage the risks when teaching Design and Technology, Camden subscribes to CLEAPSS - a local authority organisation which provides health and safety and curriculum, support and advice on using high quality practical work to teach pupils science, design and technology and art.

Membership of CLEAPSS enables the local authority to discharge its responsibilities as the employer under the Health and Safety at Work Act and subsequent regulations with respect to activities carried out in these specialist curriculum areas.

This legislation requires employers to protect their employees by, for example, providing safe working conditions, information & training for health and safety, and (model) risk assessments for activities (required under a range of Regulations, including COSHH).

How can I ensure I’m managing Design and Technology risks?

CLEAPSS produce guidance and documentation which is recognised by the Health and Safety Executive and the Department for Education as providing current best practice advice, including model risk assessments for schools.

Membership provides local authority officers teachers, technicians, (and head teachers and governors) in member schools with access to the following CLEAPSS support:

  • Access throughout the year (not just term time) to the CLEAPSS telephone Helpline on 01895 251496 and email support at
  • Access to CLEAPSS web sites which contain, among other things, the Secondary Resource (around 550 publications intended for secondary science, including the much valued Hazcards and Recipe Sheets); the D&T resource which includes the updated Model Risk Assessments for Technology; and the Primary Resource, which contains CLEAPSS primary science & Technology publications. CLEAPSS is committed to regular review and updating of these resources so that they always offer members the most up to date and relevant advice.
  • Secondary and primary termly newsletters distributed free to all schools. These provide a range of information on practical work in science and technology and on current health and safety issues.
  • Access to range of health and safety and other training courses at discounted rates.

Where can I access CLEAPSS information?

For Design and Technology information see while updated

science guides for secondary schools can be found at:

Primary school science and technology information can be found at:


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