Anaphylaxis Policy

1. Purpose and Scope

The safety and well-being of all participants is our top priority. This policy outlines our approach to preventing and responding to anaphylactic reactions in our facility to ensure the safety of all children and their accompanying adults.

2. Allergen Awareness

We maintain a list of common allergens, including nuts, dairy, eggs, and other potential triggers.

Parents/guardians are required to disclose any known allergies during the registration process.

3. Allergen-Free Environment

We strive to provide an allergen-free environment by avoiding the use of common allergens in our art materials.

We clean and sanitise our space regularly to minimise cross-contamination risks.

4. Emergency Action Plan

Our staff is trained in recognizing the signs of anaphylaxis and administering an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen) when necessary.

5. Medical Information

Parents/guardians are required to provide a detailed action plan, signed by a medical professional, for children with known allergies.

This plan will outline specific steps to be taken in the event of an anaphylactic reaction and include emergency contact information.

6. Communication and Education

Parents/guardians will be informed of our anaphylaxis policy during enrollment and provided with guidelines for allergy management.

Staff members receive regular training on anaphylaxis recognition, emergency response, and the use of EpiPens.

7. Food and Snacks

We request that participants refrain from bringing allergenic foods into our facility.

8. Emergency Response Procedures

In the event of a suspected anaphylactic reaction, our staff will immediately administer the child's prescribed EpiPen and call emergency services.

Parents/guardians will be notified immediately and provided with updates on the child's condition.

9. Accessibility of EpiPens

EpiPens are stored in a clearly labelled and easily accessible location within our facility.

At off-site events, EpiPens are taken along and readily available.

10. Regular Review and Practice

Our anaphylaxis policy will be reviewed annually to ensure its effectiveness and compliance with best practices.

Emergency response procedures will be practised regularly through drills and simulations.

At Smudge Artspace, we are dedicated to maintaining a safe environment that promotes creativity and well-being for all participants.

Our anaphylaxis policy underscores our commitment to preventing and addressing potential allergic reactions, ensuring the comfort and safety of everyone who joins us in our artistic adventures.