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Question about Bunsen burner safety...

Discussion in 'Science' started by georgepwalsh, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. georgepwalsh

    georgepwalsh New commenter

    Please could Science teachers confirm if it is better for a student to sit or stand whilst using a Bunsen burner.

    If anybody could signpost me to any printed advice on this topic, even better.

    Thank you in advance for your help.
  2. averagedan

    averagedan Occasional commenter

    Stand. Always stand.... The easiest way to get out of danger is to take a step back from the equipment - if you're sat down this isn't possible. If they're sat down they're leaning/reaching to a greater extent, chemicals/Bunsens could end up in their lap, etc. There's also a good chance that anything resting on a Bunsen is above their goggles, which is also not a great idea as if it spills it can go over the top of the goggles, etc.

    I'm not sure you will find something this basic/obvious written down anywhere, if I remember correctly CLEAPSS do have basic risk assessments for stuff like this which may include this info?
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2019
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  3. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    Not just Bunsens. Anything to do with hot things, liquids, corrosives, reactions, dynamics - really anything you might need to get away from. Stand for all of them. What @averagedan and I have posted is a Risk Assessment. Anyone (knowledgeable) can write a RA!
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  4. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Any practical activity that requires moving around should be done standing up.
  5. Teslasmate

    Teslasmate Occasional commenter

    As above, pupils must stand for practical work.
  6. hephelumps

    hephelumps New commenter

    Always standing for practicals with bunsens and any chemicals for that matter. Chairs tucked under and standing behind them.
  7. ajrowing

    ajrowing Lead commenter

    Maybe they are trying to do the world a favour?

    It seems obvious to me that one should stand for every practical, but I wandered into my Head of Faculty's lesson earlier and what I thought was obvious was not.
  8. mrswallow

    mrswallow Occasional commenter

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