Date
25 August 2019

Plan safe trips and excursions

Plan ahead to prevent, and be prepared for, possible allergic reactions.

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Prepare for trips

Prepare for trips

Visit the site prior to the trip to identify possible causes of allergic reactions such as plants with pollen, insects which may bite, or animals. 

Self-review checklist

Self-review checklist

Ensure barriers to participation and potential health risks are identified.

  • Communicate trip intentions to students, parents, and whānau ahead of time to provide opportunities for them to report any allergy risks.
  • Identify individuals with allergies.
  • Collect up-to-date allergy information from parents and whānau.
  • Scope the area being visited to identify possible hazards, such as grasses or bees.
  • Identify first-aid helpers.
  • Check and update medical kits.
  • Ensure students have their medication with expiry dates checked.
  • Make the completed RAMS form available to all staff and helpers.
  • Include copies of allergy action plans with the RAMS form. Make them accessible to staff and helpers at all times.
  • Include key cell phone numbers and contacts on the RAMS form.

Manage risk assessment

Manage risk assessment

To assist in your safety planning, download a risk assessment form and amend it to meet your centre or school’s needs.

Plan together

Plan together

Ask children and young people to identify potential risks and steps they could take to keep themselves and others safe.

Use stories to support discussions. e.g. Jeremy’s first school camp.

Overnight trips and camps

Overnight trips and camps

Considerations for planning a safe and successful camp

  • Review student allergy and anaphylaxis action plans and take copies with you.
  • Check that school camp and excursion medical forms are up-to-date.
  • Check the dosage and administration of any medication taken on the trip. Ensure it is recorded on the RAM sheet.
  • Communicate with the camp and provide it with specific dietary requirements.
  • Talk with students about preventing allergic reactions and emergency treatment.
  • Identify students who self-manage their allergy medication and ensure they have it with them before leaving on the trip.
  • If students are carrying their own medication, know where it is for quick, easy access.
  • Take a spare EpiPen in the first-aid kit.
  • Revisit allergy and anaphylaxis first-aid procedures.
  • Check with families and whānau to establish the level of support students need to manage their allergies. For example, they may need support or reminders to use their medication.
  • Example form used by a school to gather information from students and parent helpers for EOTC week.

Useful resources

Useful resources

File

Examples of risk minimisation strategies for schools, preschools and childcare services

Read time: 12 min

Publisher: Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

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File

Camp allergy management checklist

Read time: 3 min

Publisher: Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

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Website

Preparing for camp and overnight school trips with food allergies

Publisher: Allergy New Zealand

Price: One off charge NZ$26.00

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Create an inclusive learning environment”:

Return to the guide “Allergies and learning”

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