In developing this document, Sydney Observatory consulted with the NSW Department of Education & Training (school excursion policy). Teachers making risk assessments as part of school excursion planning should be aware that Sydney Observatory cannot make the assessment for you. You must make your own risk assessment based on the information provided in the table below which answers all the questions asked by the Department of Education & Training.
Astronomy visit risk assessment table (pdf) current February 2013
Archaeology visit risk assessment table (pdf) current February 2013
Weather visit risk assessment table (pdf) current February 2013
Fire exits and evacuation
The Observatory has clearly marked exits throughout the building. Observatory staff have been formally trained in emergency evacuation procedures. You will receive a fire evacuation plan when you book.
A first aid box is located in the Observatory reception area. All security staff, as part of their licence, are senior first aiders as are several astronomy staff. Please ask any staff member for assistance if you require help with first aid.
Sydney Observatory, as part of the Powerhouse Museum, has the appropriate Public Liability Insurance in place to cover injury and damage. Sydney Observatory can supply a Certificate of Currency of Insurance upon request. Please call Geoffrey Wyatt on (02) 9921 3481 for details.
Plants at Sydney Observatory
The following is a list of plants identified in Sydney Observatory gardens as of late 2009. We cannot guarantee its accuracy as others may be present from time to time:
buxus, dwarf buxus, phorium, plumbago, camellias, lavender, gardenias, oleander, magnolia, azaleas, hydrangeas, hebes, frangipani, livinstonia, bush rose, fried egg plant, lemon citrus, conifer, hibiscus, murraya, canna lilly, climbing rose, westringa, nandina, dietes, oyster plants, grape vine, date palm, abelia x grandiflower, brunsfelsia.