Are schools allowed to dispense medicine?
When a child is running a fever, can the teacher give Panado syrup or Calprol?
NO! Schools are NOT allowed to give children any medication unless the person giving the medication is a professional nurse with a dispensing licence.
What about cleaning a wound with Savlon or Dettol?
Savlon or Dettol can be used to clean wounds but it must be diluted. Used straight out the bottle both can cause a chemical burn.
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Should they have a qualified First Aider and what level should they be qualified at?
The number of first aiders on site would depend on the total number of children and staff. Level 1 first aid is the absolute minimum. Level 2 would be better. Depending on the age of the children being cared for, the first aider should be trained specifically to be able to attend to children.
FACT: giving children medication is a contravention of the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act!
FACT: not having a first aider at a school is a contravention of the OHSA!
2 legal documents your child's school should have
The Children's Bill is very clear regarding schools. The following must be in place at your child's school:
I have a headache - does anyone have a Disprin for me? Do you remember this bulletin about dispensing medicine at work? Oh, oh, go and read it again before your First Aider get's into trouble!
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