Principals make final supervision decisions for the activity. Sufficient adult supervision must be provided to manage the activity safely (including emergency situations).
For activities with students with a medical condition or disability that may impact on safety during the activity, consultation with parents is required prior to allocating supervision to determine the impact of students' medical condition or disability on safety during the activity.
The number of adult supervisors required to fulfil emergency and supervision roles must consider the nature of the activity, students' ages, abilities and specialised learning, access and/or health needs.
Before the activity, all adult supervisors must be familiar with the contents of the CARA record.
During the activity, all adult supervisors:
- must be readily identifiable
- must closely monitor students with health support needs
- must comply with control measures from the CARA record and adapt as hazards arise
- must suspend the activity if the conditions become unfavourable (e.g. extreme temperatures).
Do not allow experiment products from the laboratory, e.g. reactant products, food products to be removed by students or taken home.
For high risk activities:
Closely supervise students during participation. It is recommended that teacher demonstration be used as the principal teaching strategy for high risk activities, with students remaining at a safe distance.
extreme risk activities:
Individually supervise students during participation. It is recommended that teacher demonstration be used as the principal teaching strategy for extreme risk activities, with students remaining at a safe distance.
Principals make final decisions in determining supervisor capability (competence, relevance and currency) and are responsible for encouraging and enabling school-based activity supervisors to raise their qualifications to improve safety standards.
All adult supervisors must comply with the
working with children authority—Blue Cards procedure and be able to identify, and respond to, risks or hazards that may emerge during the activity.
A registered teacher must be appointed to maintain overall responsibility for the activity.
At least one adult supervisor is required to be:
low risk activities:
- A registered teacher with knowledge of the activity and its potential hazards; or
- An adult supervisor working under the direct supervision of a registered teacher, with competence (knowledge and skills) in the activity.
medium risk activities:
- A registered teacher with competence (knowledge and kills) in the activity and its potential hazards; or
- An adult supervisor working under the direct supervision of a registered teacher, with competence (knowledge and skills) in the activity and its potential hazards.
extreme risk activities:
- A registered teacher with qualifications in science (or equivalent demonstrated capability) and with competence (knowledge and skills) in teaching the activity, the aseptic technique and waste management; or
- An adult supervisor, working under the direct supervision of a registered teacher, with qualifications in science (or an equivalent qualification appropriate to the activity) and with competence (knowledge and skills) and experience in the activity, the aseptic technique and waste management.
Facilities and equipment
The qualified adult supervisor of the activity, in consultation with the principal, determines the requirements for facilities and equipment appropriate to the local context.
chemicals in curriculum activities for support in assessing the risks of chemicals used with/by students in curriculum activities.
If a CARA record is required in OneSchool, a summary of chemicals, plant, equipment and/or materials used in the activity must be provided by entering directly onto the CARA record in OneSchool or by attaching a summary. Sample templates are provided on
chemicals in curriculum activities and
plant, equipment and materials in curriculum activities.
Location must be suitable for the activity being undertaken, including sufficient space, adequate lighting and ventilation to ensure safe participation and that safety rules and procedures can be followed. This may be in a specialised facility (e.g. laboratory) or other suitable location (e.g. school stockyard). Undertake a reconnaissance of new or infrequently used locations to ascertain suitability.
All emergency equipment and processes (e.g. shut-off switches, eye wash unit) must be functional.
Schools must source biological specimens (e.g. animals bred for scientific purposes) from commercial suppliers.
Schools must maintain, store, transport and dispose of biological material appropriately (e.g. use SDS and
clinical and related waste guideline). Such materials include, but are not limited to, live animals (e.g. silkworms, fish), biological material (e.g. specimens, manure, foodstuffs), wastes (e.g. paper towel, gloves) and used instruments (e.g. dissection boards, probes). Comply with
animals in Queensland state schools requirements when handling live animals.
Participants must wear
personal protective equipment including non-porous enclosed footwear and apron/coat. Other personal protective equipment appropriate to the activity may include lab standard eye protection, gloves, appropriate face protection (e.g. mask to protect against airborne organisms in potting mix).
First aid equipment and consumables, as required.
Equipment and tools must be well-maintained, transported safely (e.g. using a protective cover) and stored appropriately. Conduct a visual inspection of equipment (including
portable electrical equipment) to identify damage and remove from use.
Clean up equipment as necessary e.g. dustpan, breakages bin, spill kit, disinfectants for microorganisms.
In addition to the above, for
extreme risk level activities:
- Activities must take place in a laboratory with accessible and functional safety features, e.g. appropriate physical containment conditions and safety precautions per
Australian Standards (AS2243.3).
- All high and extreme risk biological resources and equipment must be clearly labelled according to the safe operating procedure (SOP) or safety data sheet (SDS) requirements from the supplier.