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December 21, 2009

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Miscellaneous- Paper-folding your way to COSHH awareness

In 2005, Nottingham Trent University scientists devised a method of using origami models to help explain chemical bonds to school pupils. PhD researcher Laura Newton has now developed this method to produce a range of origami kits to explain information relating to COSHH. 
In initial trials, individuals were asked to follow instructions to fold six origami ‘modules’ and form a cube. If constructed correctly, each side of the cube depicts a hazard warning, an example of a corresponding chemical, and an example of a common application of that chemical. The feedback from the trials has revealed that the origami kits help improve awareness and understanding of the COSHH regulations. 
Laura now hopes to make the educational origami kits available as a national training resource for businesses throughout the UK. She said: “I think the origami kits have real potential. They display really important information in an innovative way.  Testing is still in its early stages but it seems by getting people to engage in the process in this way means they are more likely to understand COSHH.”

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