Work Health and Safety Policies

Hazardous Plants Policy

Aim

Ohana Early Learning is aware there is a lot of plants that are poisonous or capable of causing highly allergic reaction. The Service’s aim is to minimise the risk to children in relation to hazardous plants. The service, where possible will gain professional advice when installing landscaping or introducing new plants at the service.

Legislative Requirements

Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010
Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011
Work Health and Safety Act 2011
Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011

Who Is Affected?

  • child
  • staff
  • management
  • families
  • visitors

Policy Implementation

The Approved Provider/Nominated Supervisor of the Service will ensure that any vegetation in the children’s play area is identified and maintained to ensure that it does not present a hazard to the children.
To minimise the risk the Service will:
  • Remove all poisonous plants;
  • Make available to all Educators and other Staff the latest information on poisonous plants;
  • Supervise children at all time around plants;
  • Teach children not to eat anything straight from a bush or plant; and
  • Keep the Poison Information phone number13 11 26near the phone.
Symptoms of poisoning:
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Burning to the mouth
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Convulsions
First Aid:
  • Ring Poison Information Line 13 11 26
  • Call000if child is having difficulty breathing, is unconscious or having a seizure.

Policy Review

Policies are reviewed regularly by management, employees, parents and any interested parties to ensure that they comply with Laws, Regulations and Guidelines.

Change Date
Policy created. February 1, 2016
Policy reviewed. October 2, 2017