GHS SYmbolA new system for labelling chemicals with their hazards is being introduced throughout Europe in the period from December 2010 to 2015. Schools will already be receiving chemicals labelled with the new diamond-shaped hazard symbols and new hazard information. There is no need to panic at this stage.

Philippa Nobss (Institute Science technology -  IST) has kindly provided us with a handy printable sheet listing CLP/GHS Hazard Statement with pictograms hich you can use as a reference wall display.

icon List of Hazard statements and pictograms. You can also visit our Downloads area to obtain this and other useful documents!

Find out all you need to know in CLEAPSS latest guidance document GL101 - An introduction to GHS / CLP chemical hazard labelling. In the meantime you can download and resize all of the important GHS pictograms that will affect School Science technician directly from UNENCE GHS website from here.

Members may be interested in a new grant scheme offered by Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS). The SAPS Associate Awards offer up to £500 to support the development of new resources in plant science topics aimed at 11-18 age range.
The awards are open to teachers and technicians from schools and colleges in the UK, you just need to be a member of the (free to join) SAPS Associate Scheme to apply.

NASUWT is the latest union to ballot for industrial action, following a unanimous agreement by its National Executive, and this decision has been welcomed by the other teaching unions. This will be the first time in over a decade that NASUWT has balloted for national action and its timetable would enable almost a quarter of a million members to strike this term in a challenge against excessive workloads and attacks on working conditions, pay, pensions and jobs.

Keep your passwords safeToday you need to remember many passwords. You need a password for your school network logon, your  e-mail account, your website's password, online banking passwords etc. etc. etc. The list is endless. There are many debates about how you should choose your passwords and each debate will discuss the relative security risks. Common to all of these debates is probably the human aspect of choosing a password. In other words, how do you balance a password that you can easily remember with the security of the system that you wish to protect?

More than two-thirds of UK workers believe access to social networking sites should be banned from the workplace, according to new research from job site

The survey of 4,245 workers across the UK suggested that just one in three employees accesses Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or other social networking sites whilst at work. However, for some professions, social networks have become a staple of the working day. Almost half of those with jobs in marketing and PR said they tap into the social sphere every day, compared to just a quarter of finance workers.

See also: ACAS gives advice on handling the use of the Internet, blogs and social media websites (3 Sept 11)

We are not aware if this specific case concerns a worker in the education sector, however, the details of the case itself is interesting in that it provides clarification as to your position if, for example, your employer sought to dismiss you on your current terms of conditions of employment to later re-engage you on less favourable terms. This would be under the disguise of making costs savings within work.
It has recently been reported that some local authorities have issued dismissal notices to their entire staff, offering to immediately re-engage them at a lower rate of pay. A recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal considered the correct test to be applied when considering the fairness of a dismissal in these circumstances.
The employer in this case needed to cut costs and improve profits.  In order to avoid redundancies, it asked all 77 of its employees to accept a pay cut of 5%. All but one of them eventually agreed.  The claimant was dismissed and brought a claim for unfair dismissal against the company, which was upheld by the Employment Tribunal.

See also: Your rights: Dismissal (Worksmart)

Teachers TV content is now available on TES in agreement with the Department of Education. TES has brought back all 3,500 Teachers TV programmes which are available for teachers to use for free, though all content is protected by Crown Copyright.

Teachers TV was a government funded TV and online video service that operated until April 2011. Teachers TV supported the professional development of anyone working in school, enabling them to widen their skills, develop their practice, and connect with others in the field. Teachers TV supplied professional development videos and resources by going inside classrooms and into schools to help save time with practical tips, lesson ideas and classroom resources.

Check out the new TES teachers TV area here..

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