More strategies tips and suggestions to reduce the risk of exposure to anaphylactic causative agents
- School boards may wish to consider requiring schools to develop a school anaphylaxis plan. A school should consider putting safety first and continuously strive to create an "allergy-safe" vs. "allergy-free" (e.g. peanut-free) environment. No guarantee should be given, explicitly or implicitly that there will be zero risk.
- Designate areas for eating (e.g., "safe zones" for pupils with food allergy), no food/drinks in common areas (e.g. library, computer labs).
- Make a voluntary community appeal to help keep school environments allergy-safe by not sending specific allergens in lunches or as snacks.
- Wash hands before and after eating. Liquid or bar soap or antibacterial wipes can effectively remove peanut butter residue. Anti-bacterial hand sanitizers are not as effective in removing peanut butter residue.
- Clean surfaces before and after eating, and dispose of food. Common household cleaners, sanitizing wipes and bleach containing cleaners are effective in removing peanut residue from surfaces.
- Reduce allergens in vending machines.
- School boards should consider requiring "No Eating" rule during daily travel on school buses.
- Consider non-food items for celebrations and rewards.
- Do not circulate lists of "safe foods" as they can change or become outdated.
- For school trips
- Advise adult supervisors about pupils with severe allergies.
- Have a cell phone available.
- Ensure that each pupil with life-threatening allergies has an extra epinephrine auto-injector.
- Know location of and route to nearest medical facility.
- For insect sting allergy
- Remove hives or nests of stinging insects from school property.
- Avoid areas where stinging insects gather.
- Drink from cups rather than beverage cans or bottles, or use a straw.