|Also known as|
|Relevant Acts, Regulations and Standards|
|Renewal Frequency||At least every 5 years|
|Useful links||ASCIA Action Plans|
Generally, a statement with procedures and forms to ensure schools and organisations manage students and staff at risk of anaphylaxis and meet legislative requirements.
For example in Victoria Australia
Any school that has enrolled a student or students at risk of anaphylaxis must by law have a School Anaphylaxis Management Policy in place that includes:
- a statement that the school will comply with Ministerial Order 706 and associated guidelines
- a statement that in the event of an anaphylactic reaction, the school’s first aid and emergency management response procedures and the student’s Individual Anaphylaxis Management Plan must be followed
- the development and regular review of Individual Anaphylaxis Management Plans for affected students
- prevention strategies to be used by the school to minimise the risk of an anaphylactic reaction
- the purchase of 'backup’ adrenaline auto-injector(s) as part of the school first aid kit(s), for general use
- the development of a Communication Plan to raise staff, student and school community awareness about severe allergies and the School’s Anaphylaxis Management Policy
- regular training and updates for school staff in recognising and responding appropriately to an anaphylactic reaction, including competently administering an EpiPen
- the completion of an Annual Anaphylaxis Risk Management Checklist.
Where there is a possible risk of staff or students having an anaphylactic event, it makes sense to draw up a policy, procedure and forms. Things to consider include
- If you are a school, you will need to include students and staff.
- If you run a kitchen or even kitchenettes in an office,
- what procedures will you put in place?
- do you need to put up warning signs, like those next to defibrillators or first aid stations
- What training required for first aiders and others?
- Do you buy and maintain EpiPen's?
- EpiPens only last 1-2 years from manufacture so you need a maintenance schedule in place
- Individual action plans (see ASCIA Action Plans for examples).
- How to communicate the policy to all staff and especially new staff.
Not really required....but now I think about, you may want to ensure that any contractor who may be at risk must also declare that to your organisation.
None that we know of
As with all policies, procedures and forms, we recommend they are reviewed at least every 5 years.