Date
12 August 2022

Plan safe EOTC trips and excursions

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Reviewing your policies and procedures’

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Health and safety: EOTC policy

Health and safety: EOTC policy

Understand and comply with legal responsibilities, NAG 5.

Ensure that there is a health and safety policy with supporting procedures in place and that these are implemented effectively.

As part of your policy consider how you:

  • identify children and young people with asthma
  • ensure that emergency plans and procedures are in place
  • minimise risks to asthma triggers
  • plan to reduce exposure to indoor and outdoor triggers
  • ensure medication is available at all times and is up-to-date
  • identify emergency and first-aid procedures for children and young people with asthma
  • train all new and existing staff and parent helpers to deliver asthma first aid
  • maintain an emergency asthma kit.

Source: EOTC guidelines 2016: Bringing the curriculum alive (opens in a new tab/window)

Plan safe EOTC trips

Plan safe EOTC trips

Obtain and review the medical and health information of all participants involved in an EOTC event.

Be prepared:

  • Identify specific allergens such as pollen or grass seeds, which may exacerbate an asthma attack, and plan to avoid these where possible.
  • Include a spacer and inhaler in your first-aid kit.
  • Check students have their inhalers with them before setting out.
  • Prior to the trip, ensure parent helpers know the signs of an asthma attack and what to do during an asthma episode.

Source: EOTC guidelines 2016: Bringing the curriculum alive (opens in a new tab/window)

Identify and assess risks (RAMS)

Identify and assess risks (RAMS)

Use Tool 13: Assessing risks with specific reference to children and young people with asthma, when planning for EOTC.

  1. Identify hazards – find out the situations and things that could cause an asthma attack and/or affect treatment (Examples include: asthma triggers, access to asthma medication, asthma first-aid knowledge).
  2. Assess risks – understand the nature of the risk, the consequences, and the likelihood of it happening (Examples include: anxiety, difficulty breathing, asthma attack, and distance from emergency services).
  3. Control risks –  implement the most effective control measures that are practicable in the circumstances (Examples include: quick access to reliever inhalers, asthma emergency kit, and cell phone).
  4. Review control measures – review your asthma emergency procedures. Are they working as planned?

Useful resources

Useful resources

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EOTC guidelines – Bringing the curriculum alive

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Risk identification, assessment and management

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ECE excursions

ECE excursions

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