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Risk Assessment: Professor Hal Sosabowski


Written By: Professor Hal Sosabowski

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Date Of Assessment: 12th December 2010



CATEGORY/ACTIVITY



RISK CATEGORY
Medium

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITY TO BE ASSESSED

Teachers TV: Lycopodium Flame




HAZARDS

List hazards here. List only hazards which could reasonably be expected to result in significant harm under the conditions in your workplace.



Lycopodium
Description:

Teacher will drop a small amount of lycopodium powder from arm’s length and head height onto a lit blowtorch held in their other hand. The lycopodium will be in a film canister or egg cup. As the particles separate and touch the flame the entire body of powder becomes a sheet of flame. The flame dissipates as the fuel is quickly used up.


Hazards:

  1. Burn hazard to teacher;

  2. Fire hazard for flammables (e.g. mobiles hanging from the ceiling).

  3. Pupils emulating the experiment at home.


WHO MAY BE HARMED

List here groups of people who are especially at risk from the hazards that you have identified.

You may list individuals but think of groups of people doing similar work

1. All operatives in vicinity of experiment/pupils



IS THE RISK ADEQUATELY CONTROLLED

List existing precautions & controls here or note where information can be found

General:

(i) Since this experiment involves a controlled fire, Teacher/presenter to wear safety glasses, fastened lab coats.



(ii) Pupils clearly warned not to attempt to emulate the experiment in any form.
1. Burn hazard to teacher;


2. Fire hazard for flammables (e.g. mobiles hanging from the ceiling).

  • Check/remove any such flammables.



WHAT FURTHER ACTION IS NECESSARY

List all risks that are not adequately controlled and the action that you will take, where it is practicable, to do more

None




Have all necessary precautions and procedures been included in the assessment?

Yes




RESULT - T=Trivial Risk /A=Adequately controlled


Professor Hal Sosabowski B.Sc. Ph.D. MBA MA C.Chem FRSC

12th December 2010



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