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Anaphylaxis Policy Procedure and Forms

Last modified: November 8, 2019
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Description

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. 

Associated Documents

Should be part of your WHS procedures.

 

Internal Compliance

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. 

External Compliance

You may want to ensure that any contractors or visitors who may be at risk must also declare that to your organisation.

Also known as

We haven’t heard of them being referred to as anything else yet.

Variants

None that we are aware of yet.

2nd level attributes

None that we are aware of yet.

Renewal or Maintenance Frequency

We generally recommend that Policies, Procedures and Template Forms are reviewed and re-issued at least every 5 years.,

Geographic Relevance

Pretty much globally

Relevant Acts, Regulations and Standards

Probably part of your regions WHS regulations and ‘duty of care’

Useful Links

Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)

ASCIA Action Plans for Anaphylaxis

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