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Welcome to the Chemistry home page.

Not too many problems with the new chemistry pages. I’ll leave the link to the old home page for a little longer though. (http://info.sserc.org.uk/chemistry-home)

Educational resources 

These are all housed here. You can find the appropriate area from the menu above.  The curriculum areas have now been properly organised with links to over 120 experiments either in a list or placed in the sections of the curriculum where we think they fit. If you think any are in the wrong place – or should be referenced elsewhere as well, please let us know. I have removed the somewhat artificial division into ‘workshops’, ‘demonstrations’ and ‘other experiments’

At the moment, N4, N5, Higher and Advanced Higher are still arranged in ‘Units’. I am aware this has changed but have not yet decided how to change the layout.

Health and safety

All is now housed under the H&S Tab but click to get to the chemistry H&S page.

The Hazardous Chemical’s Database has information on a large range of chemicals that are commonly encountered in school. It contains data on the hazards associated with each chemical, information on how to handle, store and dispose of it, and what to do if you spill it or have an accident. You will also find information on a range of experimental procedures involving each chemical. There is now an index to enable you to search for a chemical under a variety of names.

There is also a large amount of background H&S information about handling chemicals, legislation, PPE etc. -The Uses tab houses the embedded chemistry calculation spreadsheets. If you want them offline, you can download the whole spreadsheet here (Concentration calculators overall).

CLPL

Here you will find information on any chemistry-related CLPL courses on the horizon.

Social Media

If you want to keep up with the thrill-a-minute ride that is a chemist’s life in SSERC, we are now on:

Twitter – @ssercchemistry  – You can also see the twitter feedbelow.

Facebook – SSERCChemistry,  Instagram – SSERCChemistry, Google+ – +SSERCChemistry, Tumblr – ssercchemistry

New Publications

By |November 12th, 2018|Categories: Chemistry|

Some hard work has been going on in the background . . .it's not all beer and skittles here at SSERC. We (well, I) have now updated our documents on: New and Expectant Mothers - No significant changes to the advice itself but the document has been revised in light of CLP/GHS with a revised list of chemicals to watch out for. Laboratory Design - This is an enhanced and enlarged version of the document from 2014. Nothing has been taken out but material that was missed out of the first edition has been added in.

Hazardous Chemicals v Hazcards

By |November 7th, 2018|Categories: Chemistry|

FOr the vast majority of our Scottish users, this is not an issue. We are aware, however, that some of the independent schools do follow the English curriculum: with GCSEs and A-levels. Much of the documentation for these courses specifically references CLEAPSS Hazcards in the H&S information. There is generally very little difference in the actual information SSERC and CLEAPSS provide but if you are given a particular reference to follow, it can be annoying to then have to work out where to find the information in another source. (A similar issue can arise for some RSC resources that reference CLEAPSS Hazcards.). To help out, we have produced a 'translation' document. It is a PDF list of all the Hazcards with clickable links to take you to the relevant page on our website for the information you need. You can download it here - Hazcard References.

Asbestos in Bunsen burner gauzes

By |August 31st, 2018|Categories: Chemistry, General|

The HSE has alerted us to the possible contamination of a small number of ceramic-centred, Bunsen burner gauzes with asbestos. At present this it limited to two suppliers who are not major players in Scotland but further testing is being done and HSE’s investigations are ongoing. If further suppliers become involved, we will keep you updated. In the interim, detailed guidance can be found here.

Pages within Chemistry

Chemistry Skills

Chemistry Skills

Chemistry – CfE Levels 3 & 4

Chemistry – CfE Levels 3 & 4

Chemistry – National 4

Chemistry – National 4

Chemistry – National 5

Chemistry – National 5

Higher Chemistry

Higher Chemistry

Advanced Higher Chemistry

Advanced Higher Chemistry

Chemistry Resources

Chemistry Resources