Safety in the Classroom:
How safe is your (experiment) equipment?
Advice for safe experimentation
Growing class sizes are a feature of everyday school life. Students are more absent-minded and restless, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to gain their attention. As a result, with increasing disruption in the classroom, there is less time available to cover the actual course content. At the same time, science experiments often involve working with dangerous objects.
This makes it more important to use materials and equipment that are not only fundamentally safe, but specifically geared to the requirements of each lesson. Without the necessary safeguards, potentially dangerous situations can arise much more easily in class.
When testing devices, students may connect up the wires incorrectly, resulting in a short circuit. Equipment is sometimes moved while it is still plugged into the mains socket, resulting in the cable pulling on the mains adaptor. These are common occurrences when conducting science experiments.
Safety First with PHYWE
PHYWE has been carrying out safety tests in its own in-house laboratory for decades. As long ago as 1996, we collaborated with representatives of the VDE and the Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Post (then the Federal Office for Post and Telecommunications) in creating the "Technical recommendation on applying the German EMC law to electrical and electronic teaching equipment".
We will continue to test teaching equipment using this benchmark. The fact that production is based exclusively in Germany also ensures that the high standards of quality and safety we have set for our equipment are complied with.
Because your safety and the safety of your students is our top priority.