Government schools comply with legislative and safety requirements in regards to animal welfare and chemical safety education.

Animal welfare in schools

The Animals in schools website has been designed to assist schools satisfy the requirements of the Animal Research Act 1985 (NSW) and the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. The advice on this site applies to all schools.

The site includes an explanation of the legislation governing the use of animals in schools, Schools Animal Care and Ethics Committee (SACEC) approved activities and their respective categories. It also provides detailed information about animals commonly used in schools, their handling and approved use.

Application forms for category 4 and 5 activities and any activity using animals that is not on the approved list can also be downloaded from the website.

Application forms for particular activities involving animals

Chemical safety in schools

Schools have legislative obligations to use and handle chemicals safely. Chemical safety in schools outlines safe workplace practices and procedures and will assist schools to:

  • use and store chemicals in a safe manner
  • control the risks associated with using chemicals
  • meet the legal requirements for hazardous substances and dangerous goods
  • identify current best practice for the use of chemicals for teaching and learning
  • develop a long-term strategy for the safe use and storage of chemicals.

Chemwatch is a searchable database of safety data sheets to assist staff and students in the preparation of chemical registers and risk assessments. Note: Log in required for this site.

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